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Colorado Buffaloes 2017 Spring Football Preview

By John Coon, 2 months 17 hours ago
Nobody could have scripted a much better turnaround season for Colorado than what unfolded in 2016. The Buffaloes rose from the Pac-12 cellar to claim their first divisional title and also reached a bowl game for the first time in a decade.   Can Colorado build on that success entering 2017?   There are significant holes for the Buffaloes to fill if they want to successfully defend...

5 Newcomers for the USC Trojans to Watch in 2017

By Josh Webb, 2 months 1 day ago
After years of playing non-New Year’s Six games, USC returned to the Rose Bowl this past season with a bang. In one of the best bowl games of the year, the Trojans defeated Penn State 52-49 in a comeback for the ages, at least until the Super Bowl.   The USC Spring Game is set for April 15, but there is a lot of work to be done between now and the season opener against Western...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle. While no hire can be judged accurately prior to the first game or even after the completion of a full season, this year’s cycle didn...

Oregon State Beavers 2017 Spring Football Preview

By John Coon, 2 months 2 days ago
Signs of progress abounded in Gary Andersen’s second season at Oregon State. The Beavers closed 2016 with a pair of victories over Arizona and Oregon and doubled their win total from Andersen’s first year at the helm. Oregon State loses a few key playmakers on both sides of the ball, but the Beavers are positioned to build on the progress made last season.   If Oregon State...

Arizona Wildcats 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 2 days ago
Each of Rich Rodriguez's first three seasons as University of Arizona head football coach produced at least one signature win.   In 2012, defeats of Oklahoma State and USC established Arizona Stadium as a perilous venue for visitors. The 2013 campaign brought a blowout of Oregon, after which Rodriguez promised even greater things in the future. His team delivered in 2014, beating the...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level. Great coaching, support staffs, state-of-...

Ranking the Pac-12's Football Rosters for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 1 week ago
There's no way around it: Winning takes talent. In college football, talent is cultivated on the recruiting trail.    Plenty of factors beyond recruiting class rankings determine the success of a program. Developing athletes once they arrive on campus, both on the field and in the weight room, is as important    For example, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is...

College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year....

5 Newcomers for the Utah Utes to Watch in 2017

By John Coon, 2 months 1 week ago
Climbing the ladder in the Pac-12 hasn't been limited to results on the field for Utah. The Utes are making equal upward strides in recruiting.   Utah brought in its highest ranked class in school history in 2017. The Utes added several players poised to make an immediate impact on both sides of the ball. Utah, in particular, shored up depleted depth in the secondary and feature...

5 Newcomers for the Washington State Cougars to Watch in 2017

By John Coon, 2 months 1 week ago
Success on the field is breeding success on the recruiting trail for Washington State. The Cougars brought in one of their best recruiting classes under Mike Leach on the most recent national signing day. Washington State's 2017 class was ranked in the top 50 nationally by all three major recruiting services.   The Cougars focused much of their attention on bringing in a new crop of...