Pac-12 Articles

Sam Darnold, USC Football
The Pacific Northwest and the state of California are ground zero for the Pac-12’s top talent in 2017. Oregon and Washington take the top two spots on Athlon’s All-Pac-12 team for 2017, as the Ducks and Huskies combine for 27 overall...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
David Shaw, Stanford Football
Stanford must replace a pair of top-10 NFL draft picks in running back Christian McCaffrey and defensive end Solomon Thomas, but don’t expect the Cardinal to take too many steps back. Eight starters return on both sides of the ball, the...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Justin Herbert, Oregon Football
Oregon is in unchartered territory, as the Ducks are coming off a 4-8 record, their worst finish since 1991. Not surprisingly, head coach Mark Helfrich was fired and while many applauded the hire of Willie Taggart, his tenure in Eugene got off to a...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t...
Bryan Fischer
1 month ago
DJ Durkin
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with...
Kyle Kensing
1 month ago
Chris Petersen
The Pac-12 once again features a solid group of coaches at the top, with Washington’s Chris Petersen and Stanford’s David Shaw leading the way in Athlon’s rankings for 2017. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, Washington State’s...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Clay Helton
USC enjoyed the ups and downs in 2016 that come with what was expected to be a transition season. A slow start gave way to a fantastic finish, as the Trojans’ fortunes changed due to a quarterback switch.   The end result was a nine-...
Josh Webb
1 month ago
Josh Rosen
A year ago at this time, the Pac-12 said goodbye to some difference-makers at quarterback. That's not the case in 2017. The Pac-12 is loaded at the position heading into a new season, made all the more evident by the NFL draft intrigue the...
Kyle Kensing
1 month 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...
Kyle Kensing
1 month ago
Sam Darnold
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...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
A new era in Oregon football began tumultuously. Willie Taggart was introduced in December, the first Ducks head coaching hire without prior UO experience in 40 years. Taggart came on to replace Mark Helfrich, who had coached Oregon in the national...
Kyle Kensing
2 months ago
Garett Bolles
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...
John Coon
2 months ago
Chris Petersen
Washington football reached several significant milestones in 2016. The Huskies' Pac-12 championship marked the program's first such title in 16 years; they rolled to 11 regular-season wins for the first time since the 1991 national...
Kyle Kensing
2 months ago
Oh, what a difference a year can make. USC enters this season looking to build off of a 2016 campaign that was defined by a nine-game winning streak. The Trojans’ historic and thrilling come-from-behind victory in the Rose Bowl over Big Ten...
Josh Webb
2 months ago
LOS ANGELES — Picturesque California skies have inspired lyrics for everything from the Beach Boys' "California Girls," to Kendrick Lamar's "The Recipe." On Saturday, such a scene provided the background both...
Kyle Kensing
2 months ago
Luke Falk
Back-to-back winning seasons have Washington State fans eagerly awaiting to see what the Cougars can do in Luke Falk's senior season. The Air Raid offense, under Falk, has been a living nightmare for opponents.   Falk is poised to lead...
John Coon
2 months ago
Troy Williams
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...
John Coon
2 months ago
Josh Rosen
On the first day of fall camp last August, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen confidently declared the Bruins had the pieces necessary to compete for a national championship. The talented sophomore suffered a shoulder injury early into the campaign,...
Kyle Kensing
2 months ago
Less than 23 months after the Oregon Ducks played for the inaugural College Football Playoff championship, university athletic brass decided the time had come for a change in Eugene. And what a change.   The dismissal of former head coach...
Kyle Kensing
2 months 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...
Kyle Kensing
2 months ago
Lamar Jackson
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...
Steven Lassan
3 months ago
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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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