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Pac-12 Wild Card Players in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The emergence of a wild-card performer can define the margin between a team winning a conference championship and falling behind the pack. Last season in the Pac-12, perhaps unexpected difference-makers like Uchenna Nwosu and Christian Rector were X-factors in USC claiming its first league crown in almost a decade.   In 2018, a largely wide-open forecast for the conference only...

Oregon or Stanford: Which Team is a Bigger Threat to Washington in the Pac-12 North?

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Since the Pac-12 introduced divisions in 2011, the North has been won by three teams -- Oregon, Stanford and Washington. The Cardinal have the most division titles with four (2012-13, '15, '17), followed by the Ducks' two (2011, '14) and the Huskies (2016) have the other.   Looking ahead to 2018, Stanford may be the defending champion, but Washington is considered the...

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. However, as Athlon Sports has done for each of the last seven seasons leading up to the start of the upcoming year, we set out to sort out every FBS head coach from No. 1 to the bottom.   And as expected, for the seventh straight year, Alabama's Nick Saban takes the top spot. Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Clemson...

Pac-12's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in 2018

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 1 day ago
The 2017 season was a down year for the Pac-12. However, the league’s fortunes could change quickly in 2018. Washington is a contender for the College Football Playoff, Stanford returns a Heisman candidate in running back Bryce Love, and new coaches are set to take over at Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA. In addition to the intrigue in the coaching ranks, the Pac-12...

College Football 2018 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 day ago
The 2018 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The Big Ten and SEC are considered by most to be the top conferences for 2018, so it should be no surprise these two leagues lead the way in selections on Athlon’s All-America Team. The Big Ten has 22 selections, with the SEC checking in with...

Pac-12 Football 2018 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
The Pac-12 never lacks for intrigue, but the conference heads into 2018 looking to rebound after a disappointing 2017 slate. The league did not produce a playoff team, had only two programs reach double-digit victories and went 1-8 in bowl games. But there's reason for optimism on the West Coast for 2018. Washington takes the top spot in Athlon's Pac-12 predictions, as coach Chris...

Top 25 College Football Quarterback Matchups of 2018

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 2 weeks ago
If you want to win big in college football, it's no secret that you're going to need some quality play out of the most important position on the field - quarterback. If there's any doubt about it, just look up recent Heisman Trophy winners and note how tilted the list is toward the position.   While the most recent class of college signal-callers was among the best to ever...

College Football's Top 50 Running Backs for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
With Bryce Love returning to Stanford, along with the continued emergence of Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and Boston College's AJ Dillon, the running back position is stocked with talent for the 2018 college football season. Love ranks as Athlon's No. 1 running back for the upcoming year and should be among the leading candidates to win the Heisman...

Washington Football: 2018 Huskies Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Washington returns most of its starters from a 10-win team that came up one victory shy of a shot at back-to-back Pac-12 titles. The Huskies lost a couple of key players to the NFL but Chris Petersen's team is loaded on both sides of the ball. The offense could be one of the most explosive attacks in the nation especially if a game-breaker emerges among the pass catchers. The defense...

Pac-12 Football 2018 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 weeks ago
Washington, Oregon, Stanford and USC are projected by most to be the top teams in the Pac-12 this season, and these four programs return a good chunk of the league’s talent on the all-conference team. The Huskies lead the way on Athlon’s 2018 All-Pac-12 team with 15 selections, followed by the Ducks with 14, the Trojans with 12 and the Cardinal with 11. UCLA and Arizona are next up...