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Washington Huskies 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 4 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, 1 month 1 week 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 week 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 2 weeks 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...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. Last season, Louisville's Lamar Jackson emerged as a breakout...

Utah Utes 2017 Spring Football Preview

By John Coon, 1 month 3 weeks ago
A simple formula has turned head coach Kyle Whittingham's Utah teams into a consistent winner in the Pac-12 South. The Utes maul their opponents behind a bruising defense and a dominant running game. It has paid off in the form of nine-win seasons, bowl game victories and Top 25 finishes in each of the last three years.   Utah has become a team other Pac-12 teams do not enjoy facing...

USC Trojans 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Josh Webb, 1 month 3 weeks ago
With more certainty at the quarterback position than USC has hand since the day of Matt Leinart, seemingly all that stands between the Trojans and glory during the 2017 college football season are 12 straight games without a bye.   Under most circumstances, a 1-3 start to a season with a brand-new head coach and blowout losses to Alabama and Stanford might push a new athletic director...

Arizona State Sun Devils 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Change defines the 2017 season for Arizona State football.   ASU will play its home games in a renovated Sun Devil Stadium, a symbolic representation of the heightened expectations the program holds after back-to-back 10-win campaigns in 2013 and ‘14. The Sun Devils also need a change in the on-field product after finishing below .500 for the second time in as many seasons in 2016...

10 Pac-12 Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 10 hours ago
The Pac-12 has been a major player when the NFL Draft has rolled around and that should continue to be the case in 2017 with a solid 46 players from the conference heading to Indianapolis. Historical powerhouses like USC and Washington have plenty of potential first-rounders again this year but there’s a deep and intriguing group of prospects from around the league set to strut their...

20 Redshirt Freshmen to Watch in the Pac-12 in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign. A variety of reasons could be pinpointed for the redshirt year, but the extra time could be beneficial to learn a scheme, develop physically in the weight room or help provide some...
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