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Pac-12's Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 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, 6 months 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, 6 months 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...

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

By Bryan Fischer, 6 months 4 weeks 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, 6 months 4 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, 6 months 4 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...

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

By Athlon Sports, 7 months 4 days 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....

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 7 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, 7 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, 7 months 2 weeks 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....