Pac-12 Articles

Myles Gaskin
Every bit of excitement generated when the University of Washington announced its hire of Chris Petersen in December 2013 was validated last season when the Huskies won their first Pac-12 football championship in 16 years.   Washington won...
Kyle Kensing
1 day ago
Luke Falk
Can Luke Falk deliver a championship in his final season at Washington State?   The Cougars enter a new season with plenty of promise after enjoying back-to-back winning seasons and bowl appearances for the first time since 2004. Many pieces...
John Coon
4 days ago
Sam Darnold
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...
Steven Lassan
6 days ago
In simple terms, a 5-7 showing by the California Golden Bears in 2016 wasn’t good enough for the powers that be. It didn’t matter that Sonny Dykes had inherited a mess and brought this program quite far in a relatively short amount of...
Josh Webb
1 week ago
Deondre Francois
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...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Troy Williams
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...
John Coon
2 weeks ago
Sam Darnold
With more certainty at the quarterback position than USC has hand since the day of Matt Leinart, seemingly all that stands between the Trojans and glory during the 2017 college football season are 12 straight games without a bye.   Under...
Josh Webb
3 weeks ago
Change defines the 2017 season for Arizona State football.   ASU will play its home games in a renovated Sun Devil Stadium, a symbolic representation of the heightened expectations the program holds after back-to-back 10-win campaigns in...
Kyle Kensing
3 weeks ago
Adoree' Jackson
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...
Bryan Fischer
3 weeks ago
Clay Helton
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign. A variety of reasons could be...
Steven Lassan
4 weeks ago
Mark Dantonio
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all...
Athlon Sports
4 weeks ago
David Shaw
Gather 'round, boys and girls, and let me tell you a story of yesteryear. It was 2006, and Stanford football had just completed a 1-11 campaign. The Cardinal's 1-8 record in conference play marked a fifth straight season below .500 in the...
Kyle Kensing
4 weeks ago
Kyle Whittingham
The Pac-12’s depth in the coaching ranks has increased in recent years, as this conference has made stellar hires on the gridiron, including Washington’s Chris Petersen, Oregon’s Willie Taggart and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Change is an inevitability of college football. Players spend four years in a program; sometimes five, and in other instances, just three. Add the game's increasingly high stakes for coaches, and the inevitability of roster turnaround extends...
Kyle Kensing
1 month ago
Mike MacIntyre
Nobody could have scripted a much better turnaround season for Colorado than what unfolded in 2016. The Buffaloes rose from the Pac-12 cellar to claim their first divisional title and also reached a bowl game for the first time in a decade....
John Coon
1 month ago
Clay Helton
After years of playing non-New Year’s Six games, USC returned to the Rose Bowl this past season with a bang. In one of the best bowl games of the year, the Trojans defeated Penn State 52-49 in a comeback for the ages, at least until the...
Josh Webb
1 month ago
Tom Herman
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Signs of progress abounded in Gary Andersen’s second season at Oregon State. The Beavers closed 2016 with a pair of victories over Arizona and Oregon and doubled their win total from Andersen’s first year at the helm. Oregon State loses...
John Coon
1 month ago
Rich Rodriguez
Each of Rich Rodriguez's first three seasons as University of Arizona head football coach produced at least one signature win.   In 2012, defeats of Oklahoma State and USC established Arizona Stadium as a perilous venue for visitors. The...
Kyle Kensing
1 month ago
Nick Saban
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
There's no way around it: Winning takes talent. In college football, talent is cultivated on the recruiting trail.    Plenty of factors beyond recruiting class rankings determine the success of a program. Developing athletes...
Kyle Kensing
1 month ago
Jarrett Stidham
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Kyle Whittingham
Climbing the ladder in the Pac-12 hasn't been limited to results on the field for Utah. The Utes are making equal upward strides in recruiting.   Utah brought in its highest ranked class in school history in 2017. The Utes added several...
John Coon
1 month ago
Mike Leach
Success on the field is breeding success on the recruiting trail for Washington State. The Cougars brought in one of their best recruiting classes under Mike Leach on the most recent national signing day. Washington State's 2017 class was...
John Coon
1 month ago
Hugh Freeze
Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon and Texas were far from the only major college football programs to fail to meet expectations in 2016 — they were just the biggest.   Others — such as Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Ole Miss,...
Matt Fortuna
1 month ago

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