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Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 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, 1 month 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...

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

By Josh Webb, 1 month 3 weeks ago
USC enjoyed the ups and downs in 2016 that come with what was expected to be a transition season. A slow start gave way to a fantastic finish, as the Trojans’ fortunes changed due to a quarterback switch.   The end result was a nine-game winning streak that culminated with Clay Helton becoming a Rose Bowl champion in his first full season as head coach and has positioned sophomore...

Top 25 Pac-12 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 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...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 3 weeks ago
For the first time in 16 years, the reigning Pac-12 Conference champion is not one of either Oregon, Stanford or USC. The Washington Huskies enter 2017 looking to repeat as league champions for the first time since completing a trifecta in 1990-92. But the program that Washington unseated to take its place on the Pac-12 throne — looms as one potential threat. Another is USC.   It...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

USC Trojans 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Josh Webb, 2 months 3 days ago
Oh, what a difference a year can make. USC enters this season looking to build off of a 2016 campaign that was defined by a nine-game winning streak. The Trojans’ historic and thrilling come-from-behind victory in the Rose Bowl over Big Ten champion Penn State has raised the expectations surrounding this team.   Related: USC Trojans 2017 Spring Football Preview   After last...

Rose Bowl Leads to Sunny Outlook for USC Football in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 1 week ago
LOS ANGELES — Picturesque California skies have inspired lyrics for everything from the Beach Boys' "California Girls," to Kendrick Lamar's "The Recipe." On Saturday, such a scene provided the background both for USC football's spring game, and the forecast for the Trojans' 2017 season.   Related: USC Trojans 2017 Spring Football Preview...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 4 weeks ago
There is no easy way around this, so let's address it up front: The Pac-12 Conference's collective non-conference schedule in 2017 isn't exactly awe-inspiring.   The conference's nine-game league schedule has been a repeated point of contention in recent years among fans, media and even coaches. Because the Pac-12 is guaranteed more Power Five games up front than...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...