At least three Pac-12 quarterbacks appear as shoo-ins to reach the 3,000-yard plateau. Who will join them? A team-by-team look.
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You'd think 33 wins over three seasons would make a coach untouchable. Not so at Oregon, where Mark Helfrich is on less stable ground than his peers.
Which game from each conference will have the biggest impact on the league champion and thus the College Football Playoff?
The Pac-12 had six receivers reach 1,000 yards last season. How many can we expect to hit quadruple figures this year?
Two Christian McCaffrey stats to know
- McCaffrey totaled 300 or more all-purpose yards in an FBS-high six games in 2015. No other player did it more than twice.
- McCaffrey's 3,864 all-purpose yards broke Barry Sanders' FBS single-season record.
Some will have playoff implications. Some feature a team that needs to finally shut up its rival. Others might save a coach's job. Here are the games that have a little extra meaning in 2016.
Plenty of nonconference games will feature great matchups. So which players are we most excited to watch? We break down the most intriguing matchups.
Will this be McCaffrey's year?
Stanford's Christian McCaffrey finished second in Heisman Trophy voting last year to Alabama's Derrick Henry. Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists the junior running back third for the honor going into the 2016 season.
The Week 1 slate is a veritable smorgasbord, with bluebloods in Texas and football in Sydney. Here's the most pressing storyline for each Pac-12 team.
Stanford's schedule is exceptionally front-loaded with six of its toughest seven games coming at the beginning of the season.
Which Pac-12 schools are likely to feature a 1,000-yard rusher in 2016? Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington are among the strong bets.
Uncommitted QB Jack Sears took center stage in Northern California and nine earned invitations to The Opening Finals.
Is playing in the Pac-12 or West Coast hurt teams? Adam Rittenberg asks whether Christian McCaffrey stands a chance in the 2016 Heisman balloting.
As dynamic a player as Christian McCaffrey is, the guy that Stanford really can't afford to lose is defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.
It's a West Coast conundrum: If a player turns in the most outstanding season in the nation, but his games are played while much of the country is sleeping, can he win the Heisman Trophy?
Chryst the clubhouse leader?
Keller Chryst was the main backup QB last season, so it's only natural that he'd ease into the starting role after Kevin Hogan left for the NFL. Coach David Shaw has made a habit of playing coy about his QB race. Ranking QB battles (Insider)
Notre Dame and Alabama lead the nation's top post-springcollege football quarterback battles.
Likely the most intriguing game nationally in Week 1, USC will face defending national champion Alabama in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 3.
It's fitting the Cardinal offensive coordinator resides near Silicon Valley, because he is a self-professed connoisseur of tech gadgets.
Which teams that are considered candidates to make the College Football Playoff semifinals are most likely to disappoint?
McCaffrey does it all for the Cardinal
Christian McCaffrey's season in 2015 was on par with Reggie Bush's 2005 Heisman campaign. Can the Cardinal RB have an encore junior season and possibly win the Heisman?
UC Davis has hired Kevin Blue, who served as senior associate athletic director for external relations at Stanford, to be the Aggies' athletic director.
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