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UCLA Bruins 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on April 05, 2017
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, however, and offensive changes made in the offseason never quite worked.   The Bruins sputtered to a 4-8 final record, easily the worst mark of head coach Jim Mora's tenure at UCLA. After a dip to a previous low of eight wins in 2015, the pressure's...
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Ranking the SEC’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

posted on April 05, 2017
The SEC takes all sorts of heat for its non-conference scheduling, and, frankly, this coming year probably won’t be much different.   Sure, there’s a Florida State here and a Clemson there, and there are those end-of-season ACC rivalries, but the SEC’s non-conference scheduling remains largely unfulfilling from a viewer’s perspective. After a 2016 to forget (outside the state of Alabama), the league may be in a bit of a redemption period this coming season.   Here...
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Oregon Ducks 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on April 04, 2017
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 Mark Helfrich and hiring of Willie Taggart from USF marked Oregon football's first hire from outside the direct line of succession beginning in 1976 under Rich Brooks. A shake-up four decades in the making came as a result of Oregon's startling slide...
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Ranking the ACC’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

posted on April 03, 2017
How has the ACC remodeled its football product in recent years? By playing the best.   And eventually beating the best.   Clemson is the defending national champion, the league’s second title winner in the past two years. Few have embraced the take-on-all-comers mentality in the non-conference season like Dabo Swinney’s crew.   Florida State is on the short list of favorites to win it all in 2017, and the Seminoles have perhaps the biggest non-conference challenge...
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Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules for 2017

posted on March 30, 2017
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 point of contention in recent years among fans, media and even coaches. Because the Pac-12 is guaranteed more Power Five games up front than counterparts from the ACC and SEC, there's some debate as to whether the league's teams should seek out...
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College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

posted on March 29, 2017
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 winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake Browning are two names that could push Jackson, Mayfield and Darnold for spots in the top three by the end...
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Arkansas Razorbacks 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 29, 2017
Since the spring of 2012, Arkansas fans, the coaching staff, and players within the program have been on a roller-coaster ride unmatched in college football. After Bobby Petrino took the Razorbacks to the Sugar Bowl in 2011 with an 11-win campaign, the Hogs have gone just 29-34 with current head coach Bret Bielema posting a 25-26 mark during his four seasons in Fayetteville. Bielema has dangled the next corner carrot over Razorback Nation the last two seasons, giving hope to that proverbial turn...
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Kansas State Wildcats 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 29, 2017
Another year, another winning record and bowl game for the Kansas State Wildcats. Despite lacking the resources to land blue-chip recruits, Kansas State has been a model of consistency under head coach Bill Snyder. The 77-year-old continues to defy the odds, and last season guided the Wildcats to a 9-4 record, including six wins over the final seven games of the season. K-State capped off another successful run with a 33-28 victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl – its seventh consecutive...
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Ranking the Big 12’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

posted on March 28, 2017
Optimists might look at the Big 12 teams’ three non-conference games and point out that it means one fewer chance for the programs to pulverize a cupcake directional school. The cynics see fewer opportunities for marquee matchups.   Surprisingly, 2017 is looking like a season in which Big 12 squads decided to fill out their out-of-conference slates with quality opponents. Nine of 10 teams have dates with Power Five teams on the docket, including a few legitimate head-turners. Even Baylor...
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Virginia Cavaliers 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 28, 2017
It was a rough first season in Charlottesville for Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall in 2016. The Cavaliers finished 2-10 overall and in last in the ACC Coastal Division with a 1-7 record. To add insult to injury, Virginia suffered a season-opening 37-20 loss to Richmond from the FCS ranks.   Mendenhall knew the Cavaliers job would be a tough rebuild because of the lack of talent former head coach Mike London left, but he might not have envisioned it being this difficult.   With...
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