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Bill Connelly

NCAA Football, Basketball and Tennis Contributor

Bill Connelly grew up a fan of the Miami Dolphins (post-1970s glory), Pittsburgh Pirates (ditto), Portland Trailblazers (ditto again) and Missouri Tigers. That he still enjoys sports at all shows both severe loyalty and a potential personality disorder. He spends his evening playing with excel sheets and watching DVR'd football games from ESPN Classic. See more of his work at Rock M Nation, Football Outsiders and Football Study Hall.

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New names, same Stanford

We can talk about Oregon and UCLA and the Pac-12's incredible depth, but Stanford is the conference king until proven otherwise. And despite a brutal slate of road games, the Cardinal have a solid...

USC's a sleeper? Welcome to 2014

Last year, stats pointed to Michigan State and Oklahoma State as the country's biggest sleepers. This year, the answer's a lot more boring. USC is still thin and breaking in a new coach, but the...

Arizona State's reloading year

With almost all of last year's defensive difference-makers gone, Arizona State probably won't be a Pac-12 South contender in 2014. But if the Sun Devils hold steady on offense and play well at...

Plug-and-play Wildcats

If you assume that a Rich Rodriguez is going to produce functional quarterbacks and running backs no matter what, then Arizona could have a spectacular offense in 2014. The defense will hold it...

Oregon State has steadied the ship

After a pair of bumpy seasons, Mike Riley and Oregon State have reattained a steady level of success and quality in Corvallis. That should remain the story in 2014, though there are questions in...

Improved Utes face a nasty schedule

Utah improved rather dramatically on paper in 2013, but close losses and a key injury prevented most people from noticing. Can the Utes take another step forward this fall? And will it matter with...

Washington's a Pac-12 wildcard

Washington has only been truly good once in the last decade, but the Huskies return a number of exciting pieces from last year's 9-4 squad. And it doesn't take many ifs to turn Chris Petersen's...

How high is UCLA's ceiling?

UCLA still might have too little depth and too few big play-makers to be a national title contender. But the Bruins have come too far in two years under Jim Mora to write them off just yet,...

Nowhere to go but up for Cal

Cal started a true freshman quarterback and couldn't keep 11 defenders healthy at a time in 2013. In the improving Pac-12, this resulted in total disaster. The Bears should improve quite a bit in...

The World Cup in 7 numbers

It took three perfect touches to score on Argentina, it took 96 minutes for Brazil to allow nine goals, and it's only 1,425 days until the World Cup begins again.

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