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Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 3 days ago
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus. The question for national title-aspiring programs remains: Do you schedule down in the non-conference and hope to pile...

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
College football’s 2017 season is still several months away, but it’s never too early to predict next year’s top 25 teams. With spring practice underway, the countdown to the 2017 season can officially begin, as teams have started the process of answering offseason concerns. Alabama and Clemson met for the national championship last year, and both teams should begin 2017...

UCLA Bruins 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 3 days ago
On the first day of fall camp last August, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen confidently declared the Bruins had the pieces necessary to compete for a national championship. The talented sophomore suffered a shoulder injury early into the campaign, however, and offensive changes made in the offseason never quite worked.   The Bruins sputtered to a 4-8 final record, easily the worst mark of head...

Oregon Ducks 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Less than 23 months after the Oregon Ducks played for the inaugural College Football Playoff championship, university athletic brass decided the time had come for a change in Eugene. And what a change.   The dismissal of former head coach Mark Helfrich and hiring of Willie Taggart from USF marked Oregon football's first hire from outside the direct line of succession beginning in 1976...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 2 days ago
There is no easy way around this, so let's address it up front: The Pac-12 Conference's collective non-conference schedule in 2017 isn't exactly awe-inspiring.   The conference's nine-game league schedule has been a repeated point of contention in recent years among fans, media and even coaches. Because the Pac-12 is guaranteed more Power Five games up front than...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...

Washington Huskies 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Every bit of excitement generated when the University of Washington announced its hire of Chris Petersen in December 2013 was validated last season when the Huskies won their first Pac-12 football championship in 16 years.   Washington won 12 games for the first time since the 1991 national championship season, while earning a spot in the third edition of the College Football Playoff....

Washington State Cougars 2017 Spring Football Preview

By John Coon, 4 weeks 1 day ago
Can Luke Falk deliver a championship in his final season at Washington State?   The Cougars enter a new season with plenty of promise after enjoying back-to-back winning seasons and bowl appearances for the first time since 2004. Many pieces are in place for Mke Leach's Washington State team to contend for a Pac-12 North title in 2017.   With Falk back at the controls, the...

Pac-12's Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
USC and Washington are the early favorites to claim the top spots in the Pac-12 next fall, so it should be no surprise both teams feature a good chunk of the conference’s individual talent. The Trojans take four spots in Athlon’s spring Pac-12 player rankings, while the Huskies have eight. Quarterbacks Sam Darnold (USC) and Jake Browning (Washington) are the top two players on this...

California Golden Bears 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Josh Webb, 1 month 1 week ago
In simple terms, a 5-7 showing by the California Golden Bears in 2016 wasn’t good enough for the powers that be. It didn’t matter that Sonny Dykes had inherited a mess and brought this program quite far in a relatively short amount of time.   Before Dykes took over, there hadn’t been much for Cal fans to get excited about. The Jeff Tedford mandate (2002-12) had run its...
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