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College Football's Top 35 Defensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.  Related: College...

Steve Sarkisian Apologizes For Behavior at Salute To Troy

By Jasmine Watkins, 1 year 7 months ago
Fans of USC are fired up, but not nearly as much as Steve Sarkisian was during a team rally. The Trojans head coach was assumed to be intoxicated while giving a little speech to pump up the crowd during USC's Salute To Troy. "Get ready to [expletive] fight on baby," Sarkisian yelled.  Sarkisian issued an apology this morning. "I sincerely...

Ranking the Pac-12's Best and Worst College Football Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 7 months ago
Just about every sports fan is tied to their team’s logo, which makes ranking logos complicated. To get an educated opinion on what is a good logo and what isn't, Athlon Sports turned to one of the people most responsible for helping produce some of the best-looking magazines on the newsstands, graphic designer Daly Cantrell. Here is what she had to say about the Pac-12's...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line. Which teams are strongest in...

Fall Camp Is Summer School for USC Freshmen

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 7 months ago
LOS ANGELES — Freshmen are off limits to media during USC fall training camp — the youngsters have enough on their plates as is. The weeks leading up to the Trojans’ 2015 season opener put first-year players through a crash course in College Football 101. “We do the best we can to put a lot on the young kids,” said linebackers coach Peter Sirmon. “...

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Pac-12 for 2015 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
The Pac-12 is generally known for its high-scoring offenses. While there’s plenty of firepower on the offensive side of the ball in 2015, the Pac-12 returns two of the nation’s top defenders in UCLA’s Myles Jack and Arizona’s Scooby Wright. This linebacker duo earned the top two spots in Athlon’s Pac-12 media expert poll, but the offense playmakers and top ...

Ranking the Toughest Games on USC's College Football Schedule in 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 7 months ago
USC has not factored into the national championship race since 2008. If the Trojans are to end that drought in 2015, they’ll have earned it by navigating one of the most treacherous schedules in college football. Related: Why USC Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2015 After opening with a pair of Sun Belt Conference opponents, USC tackles a meaty docket that...

Examining the Biggest Concerns for College Football's 2015 Playoff Contenders

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
With fall camps opening across the nation, all 128 college football teams are putting the final stamp on depth chart battles and preparations for the upcoming season. And as is the case every year, all teams in the national title picture have question marks that must be answered in order to win the college football playoff. Ohio State is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as the national...

College Football's 2015 All-Name Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
With 128 teams in the FBS and around 100 players on a roster, there are certainly some interesting names that pop-up throughout the course of production for Athlon's 2015 college football magazine.   We took a look through the rosters for the 128 teams and pulled out some of the funniest and more interesting names in college football for the 2015 season.   Offense...

USC 2015 Fall Camp Preview and Key Position Battles to Watch

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 7 months ago
Expectations run high for USC upon the outset of Trojans fall camp. The media’s pick to win the 2015 Pac-12 Conference championship and a preseason top-10 team, USC is anticipating competing for the program's first league title since 2008. Current head coach Steve Sarkisian was at USC as offensive coordinator for that last conference championship, and he made no bones at Pac-12...