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Ranking the Toughest Games on Utah's College Football Schedule in 2017

By John Coon, 1 month 4 days ago
Only one team has not yet claimed a solo Pac-12 South crown. Utah has come close to breaking through over the last three seasons. The Utes have won at least nine games — including a bowl game — and finished with a Top 25 ranking each year. Stumbles in November all three years have kept head coach Kyle Whittingham's team from claiming a sole division title and a spot in the Pac-12...

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 4 days ago
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive and compile a ranking of the top 50 players of the Athlon Sports era. This wasn’t easy. Our checklist contained more than 300...

Ranking the Toughest Games on UCLA's College Football Schedule in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 1 week ago
After a dismal, 4-8 finish in the 2016 season, UCLA football needs to bounce back in 2017. The return of Josh Rosen at quarterback, after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury, sets a positive tone. UCLA also is rife with talent, the result of strong recruiting throughout head coach Jim Mora's tenure.   If the Bruins are to rally from last season and again contend for the...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Oregon's College Football Schedule in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 1 week ago
Wille Taggart's first season as Oregon Ducks head coach kicks off with mystery and promise.   Taggart arrives at Oregon, boasting an impressive track record for turning programs around. He transformed Western Kentucky from a winless mess into a bowl participant, leaving behind the foundation for the Hilltoppers to be perennial front-runners in Conference USA. He then went to...

California Football: 2017 Golden Bears Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Simply put, California is starting over. New head coach Justin Wilcox has been given the task of rebuilding a program that stagnated under Sonny Dykes. Growing pains should be expected not only because of the coaching transition, but also due to the fact a total of 10 starters are returning. Statistically speaking, the Golden Bears’ defense really has only way to go, which is up, but the...

Arizona Football: 2017 Wildcats Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
After four straight winning seasons under Rich Rodriguez, Arizona cratered in 2016, going 3-9 overall and winning just one game in Pac-12 play. The Wildcats couldn’t score (24.8 ppg, 100th in the FBS) and couldn’t stop opponents from scoring either (38.3 ppg, 118th). Not surprisingly, the defensive coaching staff was revamped but that won’t change the talent and depth issues on...

5 Reasons Why Washington State can be a Dark Horse Pac-12 Contender in 2017

By John Coon, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Washington State has taken on a new identity within the Pac-12 after spending many seasons buried in the league cellar. The Cougars have won 17 games over the past two seasons and were in the mix for a division title until mid-November last season.   Plenty of pieces are in place – starting with QB Luke Falk – to make Washington State a serious threat in the Pac-12 North again...

Oregon State Football: 2017 Beavers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Oregon State won only four games last season, but the Beavers’ progress in head coach Gary Andersen’s second season goes beyond just the wins and losses. Oregon State won its final two Pac-12 games and in the process identified some building blocks. There is still plenty of work to be done, especially when it comes to the offensive and defensive lines, but a productive running back...

Pac-12 Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Washington claimed the Pac-12 title and a CFB Playoff berth last season, and despite some key personnel departures, coach Chris Petersen’s team isn’t fading from the top of the league in 2017. The Huskies are a slight favorite over USC in Athlon’s 2017 Pac-12 predictions, with Oregon, Stanford and Washington State rounding out the next tier. Defending South Division champion...

Arizona State Football: 2017 Sun Devils Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Arizona State enters an important season under head coach Todd Graham. After going 5-7 and missing out on a bowl game for the first time in five seasons, Graham and the Sun Devils are in many ways starting over. A new offensive coordinator is changing Arizona State’s approach on one side of the ball, while for the first time as a head coach, Graham is letting someone else run the defense....