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Top 12 Pac-12 Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Pac-12 programs have been noteworthy for their willingness to play ambitious schedules in the BCS and College Football Playoff eras. The 2017 season is no exception, evident in the prominence of Pac-12 teams among Athlon Sports' "Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017."   The 2017 Pac-12 non-conference slate features plenty of tremendous offerings, with matchups...

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to Texas to take over the defensive signals in Austin. LSU hopes Matt Canada can jumpstart its offense, and Oregon hired Jim Leavitt from Colorado to...

Why Does "The Fade" Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone. It lands two yards out of bounds, safely out of reach of the nearest offensive and defensive players. You fill with rage. You scream obscenities at...

Washington State Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By John Coon, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Back-to-back winning seasons punctuated with bowl games have changed Washington State's football fortunes. The Cougars enter a new season poised to be a stiff challenger to Washington and Stanford in the battle for the Pac-12 North crown.   Does Washington State have what it takes to finish on top in 2017? The Cougars have a favorable schedule that offers a chance to build some early...

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 14 hours ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

Ranking the Pac-12 Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
The Pac-12 boasts a talented group of running backs returning for 2017, as Washington’s Myles Gaskin, Oregon’s Royce Freeman and USC’s Ronald Jones are expected to challenge for All-America honors. Freeman missed most of last season due to injury but has the most returning rushing yardage of any FBS player this fall. Colorado’s Phillip Lindsay is one of the Pac-12’s...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the Pac-12

By Matt Josephs, 2 months 2 days ago
Let me start my overview of the Pac-12 by saying USC is back and this is great not only for the conference, but also for college football in general. The past few seasons haven't been good to Trojans fans, but now they are back in the mix for a College Football Playoff appearance and possible national title.   Washington should continue to build off of its successful 2016 campaign as...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 days ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...