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Pac-12 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 1 week ago
A changing of the guard took place in the Pac-12 in 2016. Oregon and Stanford have dominated the North Division, but Washington emerged as the conference’s top team and earned the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff with a 12-1 regular season record. The Huskies are a team on the rise under coach Chris Petersen, and both sides of the ball thrived this year. Quarterback Jake Browning...

15 Best Pac-12 College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 7 months 2 weeks ago
The Pac-12 at the end of the year was not exactly what we thought it was at the beginning of the season. Washington surged into the national spotlight and ended up making the College Football Playoff, USC battled back from a 1-3 start to become the hottest team in the country and Colorado was the turnaround of the decade with a worst to first run in the Pac-12 South Division.   All of...

Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 and continues until the national championship in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 9. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 17, four writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games dot the first Saturday of action and eight other matchups are...

Ranking the Watchability of the Pac-12's Bowl Games in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 7 months 2 weeks ago
After setting a record for bowl participants with a remarkable 10 last season, the Pac-12 has just six headed to the 2016 postseason. That's less an indictment on the conference's strength, and rather an indicator of a more top-heavy look in the past campaign.   Related: Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016 From Must-See to Must-Miss   All six of the Pac-12...

5 Biggest Landslides in Heisman Trophy Voting History

By Aaron Tallent, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Barring a major upset, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is expected to be named the winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy. Even though his Cardinals stumbled a bit towards the end of the regular season, Jackson’s Heisman candidacy was built early on the back of some monster games. And those statistics, combined with his performance in a few marquee games and a slew of...

20 Players on the Rise Entering College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Breakout players or the emergence of new stars is an annual tradition for all 128 college football teams. However, with the focus shifting to the bowl season, it’s never too early to think about players that could use the postseason as a springboard to an even bigger 2017 campaign. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, Kentucky running back Benny Snell, Stanford quarterback Keller...

College Football Playoff: What Would a 16-team Bracket Look Like in 2016?

By J.P. Scott, 7 months 3 weeks ago
Well, that was fun.   We're down to four teams to decide which one will be the champion of the wacky 2016 college football season. It's pretty cut and dry, right?   Wrong.   As always in college football, controversy reigns supreme this time of year – especially when it comes to the four-team College Football Playoff. And as always, the teams that will compete...

Seven-Step Drop: Nothing Controversial About This Year’s College Football Playoff

By Bryan Fischer, 7 months 3 weeks ago
Contrary to all the tweets, all the talking heads on television and all of the columns written, there was no drama in this year’s College Football Playoff selection process. There were zero surprises either.   The New Year’s Six on Monday was exactly as it was the prior Thursday night (aside from a few folks flipping Penn State and Wisconsin’s spots). Nothing changed...

Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016: From Must-See to Must-Miss

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s regular season is over and the matchups for the 2016-17 bowl season are set. The bowl slate features 40 matchups and the national championship game to be played on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. The postseason action starts on Dec. 17 with five matchups, including the New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl and New Orleans Bowl. Additionally, there are eight bowl contests before...

College Football Playoff 2016 Matchups and Schedule

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 weeks ago
The teams and matchups for college football’s 2016-17 playoff are set. With no upsets or surprises on Championship Saturday, the top four teams were easy picks for the College Football Playoff selection committee. Alabama claimed the No. 1 overall seed after a perfect 13-0 regular season, with Clemson at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 3 and Washington at No. 4.   As the No. 1 seed,...