Rant Sports College Football Top 100: No. 10 Florida Gators

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The Rant Sports 100 in 100 College Football Countdown enters the top ten with the consensus No. 10, the Florida Gators. Florida was also ranked tenth by The Associated Press and USA Today Coaches preseason polls, the team’s highest ranking […]

USC Trojans Looking for Stability at Left Tackle

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Despite glowing preseason reviews, the USC Trojans faltered in many areas of the game in 2012, and one of the most glaring differences between last year’s 7-6 team and 2011′s 10-2 squad was at the left tackle position. In 2011, with […]

Sonny Dykes Makes Major Statement with New Cal Starting Quarterback

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If the sight of former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford at USC‘s practice this week wasn’t a strong enough reminder that 2013 is the start of a new era in Berkeley, new Bears coach Sonny Dykes made it clear with the […]

Rant Sports College Football Top 100: No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners

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The 2013 college football season is only two weeks away, and the Rant Sports 100 in 100 College Football Countdown enters the final 15 in Big 12 country with the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners finished 10-3 in 2012 with a […]

Linebacker Lamar Dawson Must Improve for USC Trojans Defense in 2013

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One of the highest honors a USC Trojans linebacker can receive is the privilege of wearing jersey No. 55. Players who have worn that number — notably Junior Seau, Willie McGinest, Chris Claiborne, Keith Rivers — played with a ferocity […]

Oregon, Oregon State Bookend Pac-12 Teams on USA Today College Football Coaches Poll Preseason Top 25

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The 2013 college football season is less than one month away, and one of the sport’s most well-known polls, the USA Today College Football Coaches Poll, has released its preseason Top 25 rankings. It’s no surprise that Alabama was overwhelmingly picked […]

2013 Pac-12 Quarterbacks: Talented Returners or To-Be-Determined

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The Pac-12 has a reputation as a strong conference for quarterbacks, and this preseason, there are no subpar quarterbacks, only talented returning starters or unknown entities. All five established returners — Stanford‘s Kevin Hogan, UCLA‘s Brett Hundley, Arizona State‘s Taylor […]

Oregon Football Commit Follows His Heart, Walks Away From the Game

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Sometimes, it takes guts to follow your heart. It can’t have been an easy decision for high school football player Jordan Hoiem to give up his scholarship to join the Oregon football team and walk away from the sport, but that’s […]

Lane Kiffin’s Decision to Close USC Trojans Practices Only Hurts Himself

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For the first time in recent memory, the media will not be allowed inside the USC Trojans football practices during the season — not that head coach Lane Kiffin has ever been especially welcoming to members of the press. Fall camp, […]

Switching Gears: Two Stanford Football Players Go From the Diamond to the Gridiron

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Among the ranks of the top amateur and professional athletes, it’s tough to find players who are strong competitors in multiple sports — in part because talented young athletes are often forced to choose which sport to pursue full-time. The […]

Lane Kiffin Still on the Hot Seat, No Matter What Pat Haden Says

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  On the eve of Pac-12 Media Day, USC Trojans athletic director Pat Haden released a video with one key soundbite: the announcement that beleaguered head coach Lane Kiffin is not on the hot seat. Haden discussed the 125th anniversary […]

USC Trojans Football: 2013 Marks the Return of Tre Madden

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At Pac-12 Media Day, USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin gave USC fans more hope for the upcoming season with the reminder that sophomore Tre Madden will be back in action for the Trojans this fall. Madden missed the entire […]