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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...

5 Utah Utes That Could Get Selected in the 2017 NFL Draft

By John Coon, 2 months 1 day ago
Utah is an incubator for NFL talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Once again, the Utes have no shortage of players ready to make the leap to the pro ranks when the 2017 NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday night. Many former Utes are currently on NFL team rosters and several others from Utah are likely to join that group from the 2017 draft pool.   Which former Utes will...

Utah Utes 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By John Coon, 2 months 2 weeks ago
There's no question Utah has established a lasting foothold as a Pac-12 contender. For three straight seasons, the Kyle Whittingham's Utes have won at least nine games, qualified for a bowl game and finished ranked in the Top 25 nationally. Each time, however, Utah has come up short of claiming an outright Pac-12 South title and earning a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game.  ...

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...

Pac-12's Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 6 days ago
USC and Washington are the early favorites to claim the top spots in the Pac-12 next fall, so it should be no surprise both teams feature a good chunk of the conference’s individual talent. The Trojans take four spots in Athlon’s spring Pac-12 player rankings, while the Huskies have eight. Quarterbacks Sam Darnold (USC) and Jake Browning (Washington) are the top two players on this...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. Last season, Louisville's Lamar Jackson emerged as a breakout...

Utah Utes 2017 Spring Football Preview

By John Coon, 3 months 2 weeks ago
A simple formula has turned head coach Kyle Whittingham's Utah teams into a consistent winner in the Pac-12 South. The Utes maul their opponents behind a bruising defense and a dominant running game. It has paid off in the form of nine-win seasons, bowl game victories and Top 25 finishes in each of the last three years.   Utah has become a team other Pac-12 teams do not enjoy facing...

10 Pac-12 Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

By Bryan Fischer, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Pac-12 has been a major player when the NFL Draft has rolled around and that should continue to be the case in 2017 with a solid 46 players from the conference heading to Indianapolis. Historical powerhouses like USC and Washington have plenty of potential first-rounders again this year but there’s a deep and intriguing group of prospects from around the league set to strut their...