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Pac-12 Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 1 day ago
The 2019 Pac-12 season culminated with a power shift back to Oregon after a brief period dipping from the apex. The Ducks' conference title and Rose Bowl Game win may be the start of sustained success, as recruiting rankings tab Oregon as the most talented roster in the conference.   Of course, basing championships exclusively on recruiting rankings would have yielded much better...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
College football’s 2020 National Signing Day is officially in the books. As expected, top programs like Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and LSU signed prospects who will have a chance to play right away. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 6 days ago
What a decade the 2010s were in college football. It opened with conference realignment completely reshaping the sport's face, ushered in a playoff system, continued, ended and restarted the SEC's reign of dominance. Meanwhile, in the FCS, North Dakota State established the greatest modern dynasty in any sport by winning its eighth national title over the past nine years.   In...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The 2019 college football season featured 27 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. Ohio State's Ryan Day and Louisville's Scott Satterfield were considered two of the top hires last offseason and didn't disappoint in their first year at the helm. Day guided the Buckeyes to the CFB Playoff, while Satterfield led the...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2020?

By Mark Ross, 3 weeks 6 days ago
If there's one word that can be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape, it's something that coaches and fans alike don't want to see from their signal-caller — turnover. For the third straight season, nearly two-thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) will be new compared to this time last...

College Football's Top 35 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the 2020 season and the players returning: regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping conference title races and the national championship and playoff picture. Joe Burrow's breakout year was a big reason...

3 Priorities for New Washington State Coach Nick Rolovich in 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
Washington State is a program on solid ground going into 2020 under new coach Nick Rolovich. The Cougars finished Mike Leach's tenure with five consecutive bowl appearances, and Rolovich returns a good foundation to push for another postseason trip in 2020. Transitioning from Leach's Air Raid to Rolovich's Run-and-Shoot will require a little transition, but Washington State won't...

Pac-12 Football: The Best Games of 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 3 days ago
No one should be surprised to learn that the conference known for late-night absurdity featured a bevy of thrilling finishes in 2019. Pinpointing 10 was a challenge, in part because #Pac12AfterDark delivered such memorable moments as Arizona going 99 yards without a single pass play in its win over Texas Tech, Oregon State stunning Arizona State behind a stellar Jake Luton performance, and the...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2020 draft officially passed on Friday, Jan. 17 and more than 100 players declared for the next level. As expected, projected first-round picks in Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah and end Chase Young and Georgia offensive lineman Andrew Thomas are headed for the next level. LSU was hit the hardest by departures, as...

Early Pac-12 Football Predictions for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Oregon is the reigning Pac-12 champion, and coach Mario Cristobal's team will be the heavy favorite to win the conference once again in 2020. The Ducks lead the early predictions for next season, with Washington and California locked into a tight battle for the No. 2 spot. The next tier is also hard to sort out this early, as very little separates Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State...