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Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the Pac-12

By Matt Josephs, 2 months 1 week ago
Let me start my overview of the Pac-12 by saying USC is back and this is great not only for the conference, but also for college football in general. The past few seasons haven't been good to Trojans fans, but now they are back in the mix for a College Football Playoff appearance and possible national title.   Washington should continue to build off of its successful 2016 campaign as...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Colorado’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 months 1 week ago
The Colorado Buffaloes put together a dream season in 2016, breaking an eight-year postseason drought in a big way by winning the Pac-12 South Division. Colorado also put together its first 10-win season since 2001. Despite back-to-back blowout losses to close the 2016 campaign out, the Buffaloes entered the offseason with more momentum than they have had in more than a decade.   Simply...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 1 week ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

Pac-12's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The Pac-12 experienced its share of turnover and change in the coordinator ranks this offseason. Eight different teams experienced some sort of change at offensive or defensive coordinator for the 2017 season, with USC, Stanford, Arizona and Washington State maintaining the same coordinator duo as they did in 2016.   With eight teams making a change at coordinator, it’s hard to...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 weeks ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks 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...

Pac-12 Wild Card Players in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 4 weeks ago
A Pac-12 championship can be won from the most unlikely of contributors. A breakout wild card star can emerge through a simple position change, like when Christian McCaffrey switched from receiver to running back between 2014 and '15. A first-year player can be a championship-leading wild card. Such was the case for Taylor Rapp, whose two interceptions helped power Washington to a 2016 Pac...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...