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

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks 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...

Ranking the Nation's Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all 130 teams and tournament time is approaching for teams on the hardwood. Michigan State tops the rankings with Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo as its...

Stanford Cardinal 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Gather 'round, boys and girls, and let me tell you a story of yesteryear. It was 2006, and Stanford football had just completed a 1-11 campaign. The Cardinal's 1-8 record in conference play marked a fifth straight season below .500 in the league, their second last-place finish in four years, and the bottom falling out over a brutal half-decade on The Farm.   Jim Harbaugh took over...

Ranking the Pac-12's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 1 day ago
The Pac-12’s depth in the coaching ranks has increased in recent years, as this conference has made stellar hires on the gridiron, including Washington’s Chris Petersen, Oregon’s Willie Taggart and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre. On the basketball side, the conference is anchored by Oregon’s Dana Altman, Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak and Arizona’s Sean Miller....

5 Newcomers for the Oregon Ducks to Watch in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 4 months 2 days ago
Change is an inevitability of college football. Players spend four years in a program; sometimes five, and in other instances, just three. Add the game's increasingly high stakes for coaches, and the inevitability of roster turnaround extends to the sidelines and skyboxes.   But even amid the change inherent through the sport's very nature, the 2017 season marks a seismic shift in...

Colorado Buffaloes 2017 Spring Football Preview

By John Coon, 4 months 2 days 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, 4 months 3 days 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, 4 months 3 days 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, 4 months 4 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, 4 months 4 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...