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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...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar...

Top 25 College Football Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 weeks ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

UCLA Football: 2017 Bruins Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
After winning at least eight games in each of the past four seasons, UCLA cratered to 4-8 in 2016. Injuries, namely to quarterback Josh Rosen, certainly contributed to the decline, but that’s done little to squelch any talk about head coach Jim Mora’s job security. Rosen’s healthy return is critical, although he will need more support from the running game and his offensive...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

Pac-12 Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 days ago
The Pacific Northwest and the state of California are ground zero for the Pac-12’s top talent in 2017. Oregon and Washington take the top two spots on Athlon’s All-Pac-12 team for 2017, as the Ducks and Huskies combine for 27 overall selections. Oregon’s 14 picks are the most of any team in the conference. Washington State isn’t far behind its North counterparts, as coach...

Pac-12's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 1 week ago
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus. The question for national title-aspiring programs remains: Do you schedule down in the non-conference and hope to pile...

Ranking the Pac-12's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The Pac-12 once again features a solid group of coaches at the top, with Washington’s Chris Petersen and Stanford’s David Shaw leading the way in Athlon’s rankings for 2017. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, Washington State’s Mike Leach and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre round out the next tier, with an intriguing group of coaches just outside of the top seven. Will...

Top 25 Pac-12 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 3 weeks ago
A year ago at this time, the Pac-12 said goodbye to some difference-makers at quarterback. That's not the case in 2017. The Pac-12 is loaded at the position heading into a new season, made all the more evident by the NFL draft intrigue the conference's best are generating.   Related: Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   The battle for quarterback supremacy in the...