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Pac-12 Football 2018 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The Pac-12 never lacks for intrigue, but the conference heads into 2018 looking to rebound after a disappointing 2017 slate. The league did not produce a playoff team, had only two programs reach double-digit victories and went 1-8 in bowl games. But there's reason for optimism on the West Coast for 2018. Washington takes the top spot in Athlon's Pac-12 predictions, as coach Chris...

California Football: 2018 Golden Bears Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
California showed improvement in Justin Wilcox's first season as head coach, but the Golden Bears still missed out on a bowl game with a 5-7 record. The offense returns every starter and could take a major step forward depending on the quarterback play. The defense returns seven starters but most of that experience is in the secondary. Cal has plenty of experience and getting back to...

College Football's Top 50 Running Backs for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
With Bryce Love returning to Stanford, along with the continued emergence of Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and Boston College's AJ Dillon, the running back position is stocked with talent for the 2018 college football season. Love ranks as Athlon's No. 1 running back for the upcoming year and should be among the leading candidates to win the Heisman...

Pac-12 Football 2018 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Washington, Oregon, Stanford and USC are projected by most to be the top teams in the Pac-12 this season, and these four programs return a good chunk of the league’s talent on the all-conference team. The Huskies lead the way on Athlon’s 2018 All-Pac-12 team with 15 selections, followed by the Ducks with 14, the Trojans with 12 and the Cardinal with 11. UCLA and Arizona are next up...

College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The 2018 college football season is less than 100 days away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar program tops Athlon's rankings. Alabama is the projected national champion, with Clemson at No. 2, followed by...

Pac-12's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2018

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 hour ago
If you want to win big in college football, it's no secret that you're going to need some quality play out of the most important position on the field -- quarterback. If there's any doubt about it, just look up recent Heisman Trophy winners and note how tilted the list is toward the position.   Perhaps the most prodigious conference when it comes to churning out quarterbacks...

10 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
College football's 2018 season is still a few months away, but the debate about preseason predictions and rankings will start to heat up even more over the next few weeks. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2018 Athlon Sports College Football...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 2 days ago
The 2018 college football season marks widespread change around the Pac-12. Much of the conference's new outlook comes from an influx of new head coaches, with five programs welcoming new staffs for this campaign.   Some of those newcomers can expect a challenging welcome to the Pac-12 (or welcome back to, in one instance), as two of the hardest slates in the league await teams with...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 1 week ago
The 2018 Pac-12 Conference out-of-league schedule features some exciting matchups with traditional rivalries, marquee road games and some of the most intriguing Power 5 vs. Group of 5 games in college football this season.   Much of the Pac-12 plays 10 power-conference games as a result of the nine-game league slate, but many of the best non-conference games pit Pac-12 teams against...

College Football Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
With spring practice completed for all 130 college football teams, it's never too early to evaluate how every program looks at quarterback for the 2018 season. College football lost a handful of stars from last season, including USC's Sam Darnold, Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. However, the next group of stars is ready to emerge at the FBS level, led by...