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Stanford Football: 2017 Cardinal Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 days 22 hours ago
Stanford must replace a pair of top-10 NFL draft picks in running back Christian McCaffrey and defensive end Solomon Thomas, but don’t expect the Cardinal to take too many steps back. Eight starters return on both sides of the ball, the offensive line will be as solid as usual and the secondary is deep and talented. The key will be what happens at quarterback and if Bryce Love can fill...

Oregon Football: 2017 Ducks Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 days 22 hours ago
Oregon is in unchartered territory, as the Ducks are coming off a 4-8 record, their worst finish since 1991. Not surprisingly, head coach Mark Helfrich was fired and while many applauded the hire of Willie Taggart, his tenure in Eugene got off to a rocky start. But the hope is there will be more growing pains off the field than on it, as Oregon has the tough task of trying to compete in the Pac-...

Pac-12's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 1 day ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 2 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...

Ranking the Pac-12's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
The Pac-12 once again features a solid group of coaches at the top, with Washington’s Chris Petersen and Stanford’s David Shaw leading the way in Athlon’s rankings for 2017. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, Washington State’s Mike Leach and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre round out the next tier, with an intriguing group of coaches just outside of the top seven. Will...

Ranking the Toughest Games on USC’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Josh Webb, 3 weeks 2 days ago
USC enjoyed the ups and downs in 2016 that come with what was expected to be a transition season. A slow start gave way to a fantastic finish, as the Trojans’ fortunes changed due to a quarterback switch.   The end result was a nine-game winning streak that culminated with Clay Helton becoming a Rose Bowl champion in his first full season as head coach and has positioned sophomore...

Top 25 Pac-12 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 4 days ago
A year ago at this time, the Pac-12 said goodbye to some difference-makers at quarterback. That's not the case in 2017. The Pac-12 is loaded at the position heading into a new season, made all the more evident by the NFL draft intrigue the conference's best are generating.   Related: Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   The battle for quarterback supremacy in the...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 5 days ago
For the first time in 16 years, the reigning Pac-12 Conference champion is not one of either Oregon, Stanford or USC. The Washington Huskies enter 2017 looking to repeat as league champions for the first time since completing a trifecta in 1990-92. But the program that Washington unseated to take its place on the Pac-12 throne — looms as one potential threat. Another is USC.   It...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 6 days ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

Oregon Ducks 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 1 day ago
A new era in Oregon football began tumultuously. Willie Taggart was introduced in December, the first Ducks head coaching hire without prior UO experience in 40 years. Taggart came on to replace Mark Helfrich, who had coached Oregon in the national championship game just 23 months earlier.   A wave of bad news flooded in during the weeks following Taggart's introduction, not the least...