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USC Football: Trojans' 2019 Schedule Analysis

By Josh Webb, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Clay Helton is just three years removed from leading USC to a win in the Rose Bowl, two from winning a Pac-12 title and yet he enters 2019 squarely on the hot seat. Such is the state of USC athletics, and really the athletic department is just a microcosm of the chaos within the school itself.   Recently implicated in an academic bribery scandal that also involved athletics, USC has been...

Washington State Football: Cougars' 2019 Spring Preview

By John Coon, 1 month 6 days ago
Can Washington State take another step forward and win a Pac-12 North title this season?   It seems like a crazy question to ask of the Cougars. Washington State is replacing star quarterback Gardner Minshew after an 11-win season that included an Alamo Bowl victory over Iowa State. On the other hand, the Cougars defied expectations when Minshew emerged as a perfect successor to record-...

Arizona Football: Wildcats' 2019 Spring Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 1 week ago
Arizona's unexpected firing of Rich Rodriguez in January 2018 left one of the most exciting returning players in college football without a coach. The hire of Kevin Sumlin a few weeks later, however, made the already-intriguing forecast for Khalil Tate's 2018 all the more tantalizing.   Tate surged into the national consciousness from relative obscurity in October 2017, leading an...

Colorado Football: Buffaloes' 2019 Spring Preview

By John Coon, 1 month 1 week ago
A new chapter begins in Boulder. Colorado dismissed Mike MacIntyre in 2018 after the Buffaloes followed a 5-0 start with seven straight losses. Now new head coach Mel Tucker hopes to turn around a program that's experienced one winning season since 2005.   Tucker has lofty goals in his debut season. The former Georgia defensive coordinator wants to turn Colorado into an old-school...

Oregon State Football: Beavers' 2019 Spring Preview

By John Coon, 1 month 1 week ago
Can Oregon State finally climb out of the Pac-12 North cellar?   That's the question facing the Beavers once again as the team opened spring practices this week. Oregon State finished 2-10 overall in head coach Jonathan Smith's debut season. It marked the third last-place finish in four years for the Beavers and their fifth consecutive losing season overall.   Whether more...

USC Football: Trojans' 2019 Spring Preview

By Josh Webb, 1 month 2 weeks ago
USC was remarkably bad last year. For the first time since before Pete Carroll arrived, USC (5-7) finished with a losing record. It wasn’t just the losing record, however, it was the continuous mistakes, the inability to adjust, and the constant breakdowns in communication. This combination of miscues was just too much for the Trojans to overcome, which is another indictment of the...

UCLA Football: Bruins' 2019 Spring Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Chip Kelly's return to the Pac-12 was welcomed with great anticipation and lofty expectations. The rebuilding process he began at UCLA proved a much different project than inheriting the successful foundation Mike Bellotti set at Oregon.   UCLA endured its worst start in more than seven decades, and Kelly tallied more losses his first year in Westwood than he garnered during his...

Ranking the Pac-12 College Football Coaching Jobs

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Pac-12 is going through a bit of a rough stretch — only two league teams have made the College Football Playoff — but this is still a good league with a lot of quality jobs. USC, despite its recent struggles, remains the clear-cut No. 1 job in the conference, but there are several other schools that should be able to produce national championship-worthy teams. Bottom line: The...

College Football Rankings: 2019 Pre-Spring Top 130 Teams

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
With signing day in the books, and rosters largely set for the 2019 season, spring practice is now the focus for all 130 college football teams. And with every program hitting the field for offseason workouts, it’s never too early to look at the year ahead and project where all 130 teams could rank when the official Athlon Sports magazine predictions are released later this summer....

Oregon Football: Ducks' 2019 Spring Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Oregon reached nine wins to close out the 2018 season, and set the foundation for a promising '19 with the announced returns of a few key names. Quarterback Justin Herbert, widely considered a potential first-round NFL draft pick heading into last season, will again lead the Ducks offense. Linebacker Troy Dye will anchor the defense for a fourth consecutive fall, and he has plenty of...
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