Pac-12 Articles

Sam Darnold, USC Trojans Football
The Pac-12 boasts a strong collection of signal-callers for 2017. Washington’s Jake Browning, Washington State’s Luke Falk and USC’s Sam Darnold clearly have a place among the nation’s best, while Oregon’s Justin...
Steven Lassan
3 months ago
Clay Helton
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...
Kyle Kensing
3 months ago
David Shaw and Chris Petersen
LOS ANGELES — Rivalries are part of the lifeblood of college football about as much as anything.   One can rarely talk about Alabama without later mentioning Auburn. Duke and North Carolina dominate the national conversation as much...
Bryan Fischer
3 months ago
Kevin Wilson, Ohio State Buckeyes Football
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...
Steven Lassan
3 months ago
West Virginia Mountaineers Football
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...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Mike Leach
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....
John Coon
3 months ago
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines Football
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....
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Myles Gaskin, Washington Huskies Football
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...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Jake Bentley, South Carolina Gamecocks Football
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...
Steven Lassan
4 months 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...
Matt Josephs
4 months ago
Kyle Whittingham
Utah has grown into a consistent pest in the Pac-12 over the past three seasons. The Utes have won at least nine games, won a bowl game and finished ranked in the Top 25 each of those years. Only one thing is missing from the checklist of...
John Coon
4 months ago
Phillip Lindsay
The Colorado Buffaloes put together a dream season in 2016, breaking an eight-year postseason drought in a big way by winning the Pac-12 South Division. Colorado also put together its first 10-win season since 2001. Despite back-to-back blowout...
Nicholas Ian Allen
4 months ago
Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes Football
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...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
David Shaw
A trying stretch in the middle of the season that included two blowout losses, a quarterback controversy that lasted almost until Halloween, and... Stanford still won 10 games in 2016.   For perspective on just how good this program has...
Kyle Kensing
4 months ago
Ed Oliver, Houston Cougars Football
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Troy Taylor, Utah Utes Football
The Pac-12 experienced its share of turnover and change in the coordinator ranks this offseason. Eight different teams experienced some sort of change at offensive or defensive coordinator for the 2017 season, with USC, Stanford, Arizona and...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Sam Darnold, USC Trojans Football
It wasn’t how they drew it up.   Sam Darnold was hurrying after the football in the backfield. The handoff with running back Justin Davis had been botched, and so the ball tumbled onto the Coliseum grass. Before it could be swallowed...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Luke Falk
Can Washington State turn quarterback Luke Falk's final season into the best one yet under head coach Mike Leach? Expectations are higher than ever for the Cougars after back-to-back winning seasons and bowl games. Falk has all the tools to...
John Coon
4 months 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
4 months ago
Steven Montez
A Pac-12 championship can be won from the most unlikely of contributors. A breakout wild card star can emerge through a simple position change, like when Christian McCaffrey switched from receiver to running back between 2014 and '15. A first...
Kyle Kensing
4 months ago
Boise State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Penn State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
ESPN College Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Jake Browning
When Chris Petersen was introduced as Washington's head coach in December 2013, the longtime Boise State sideline general's arrival came with lofty expectations. Petersen started with a solid foundation at BSU, but took the Broncos to...
Kyle Kensing
4 months ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Football
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.  ...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago

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