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Washington State Football: 2020 Cougars Season Preview and PredictionBy Athlon Sports, 1 week 2 days ago

Mike Leach leaves behind a bundle of passing offense records, a string of five consecutive bowl appearances and shoes that’ll be hard for his successor to fill. After eight years in Pullman, the “Pirate” has steered his ship to the SEC, but not before leaving Washington State’s program in a significantly better place than where he found it.   The Cougars found his…

Oregon State Football: 2020 Beavers Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 2 days ago

Year Three of the Jonathan Smith era at Oregon State begins with promise as the Beavers come off a five-win season, their best since 2014.   For 2020, the recent script has been flipped: It is OSU’s defense that could be leading the way. What was one of the country’s worst defenses during Smith’s inaugural season in Corvallis should have some teeth. It has the Beavers…

UCLA Football: 2020 Bruins Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago

Hard as it is to believe when looking at the final 4–8 record, there was a point in November when UCLA controlled its fate in the Pac-12. While that said plenty about the muddled division race, it also was viewed as the sign of life that many were hoping to see when former wunderkind Chip Kelly was hired as head coach.   Alas, it soon became clear that the team’s destiny was…

Stanford Football: 2020 Cardinal Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago

Stanford will play the unfamiliar role of underdog in 2020. The Cardinal suffered their first losing season since 2008 when they went 4–8 in 2019, and regaining championship form will be a challenge.   Besides the departure of several key seniors, several other important players left as graduate transfers, an ongoing issue for the Cardinal because admission to Stanford’s…

USC Football: The Impact of Reggie Bush Could Never Be Erased

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 3 days ago

USC running back Markese Stepp barrelled into the end zone through the vaunted Utah defense last September, tacking on a fourth-quarter score that essentially slammed the door on the then-No. 10-ranked Utes. As the hard-running Stepp rumbled in for the score, he let his momentum carry him all the way to the FOX Sports mobile studio setup, coincidentally situated directly behind the Coliseum’…

Mario Cristobal, Oregon Ducks Football

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago

The 2020 race to win the Pac-12 starts with last year’s champion – Oregon. The Ducks are Athlon’s pick to win the league once again in 2020, but in a twist, it’s coach Mario Cristobal’s defense – not the usual high-powered Oregon offense – that leads the way. Cristobal hired former Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead to direct an offense replacing…

Utah Football: 2020 Utes Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 20 hours ago

The last time we saw the Utes, they were being overwhelmed by Texas in the Alamo Bowl. This, after getting overwhelmed by Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game.   Those two losses are generally the lasting images, but they should not overshadow what was by and large a big season for the Utes, who started 11–1, won the Pac-12 South for the second year in a row and rose to No. 5 in…

Washington Football: 2020 Huskies Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day ago

Washington went 8–5 last season and was considered one of the nation’s more disappointing teams. Rebuilding the defense was a bigger task than anticipated. Then Chris Petersen stepped down as coach, claiming burnout. Quarterback Jacob Eason and others departed early, seeking NFL riches.   It’s up to Jimmy Lake, Petersen’s in-house replacement and the team’s…

California Football: 2020 Golden Bears Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day ago

The Bears continue to travel on an upward arc, and they have more ambitious goals still for Year Four under head coach Justin Wilcox. They have played in bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since doing it seven years in a row through 2009 under Jeff Tedford. And they have assembled back-to-back winning seasons thanks mainly to a stout defense, last year featuring consensus All-…

Kyle Whittingham, Utah Utes Football

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago

The Pac-12 features a fair amount of uncertainty in its coaching ranks for 2020, but there’s no debate at the top. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham is the unquestioned No. 1 coach going into this fall, with Stanford’s David Shaw and Oregon’s Mario Cristobal rounding out the top three. Arizona State’s Herm Edwards checks in at No. 4, followed by California’s Justin Wilcox at No. 5…

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