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The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and no matter how many great prospects come out of college, only a small handful will develop into players who can consistently win.


While the implementation of a rookie salary cap has eased the amount of risk and cap space team must allot to new signal-callers, paying a quarterback more than anyone else on your roster is almost inevitable with any small amount of success.

 

Cam Newton is just the most recent to sign a major deal — five years, $103.8 million with $67.6 million guaranteed in the first three years — setting the bar for soon-to-be-extended Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. Teams must pay their quarterbacks, and it often must come at the expense of the middle and bottom of their roster.

 

Related: What's Ryan Tannehill Done to Deserve a $96 Million Contract from Miami?

 

The Colts and Seahawks remain in the sweet spot with their quarterbacks on rookie deals. As the first overall pick, Luck's rookie deal wasn't peanuts, even with the rookie salary cap, at four years, $22.1 million.

 

While the third-round pick Wilson enters the final year of his rookie deal that has paid him just under $3 million total. Even after leading his team to two Super Bowls and one title, Wilson ranks just 21st in salary on his own team

 

The great advantage to hitting on a young quarterback is the small window where their salary is not going to overwhelm the salary cap. It allows teams to surround them with even more talent, especially via free agency. However, in the process this actually only sets the bar higher for the pay day the young quarterbacks will expect with their second contract because of the money being spent on the weapons around them.

 

Both the Seahawks and Colts were able to make splashy moves this offseason, with the Seahawks trading for Jimmy Graham and the Colts adding veterans like Frank Gore, Andre Johnson and Trent Cole. However, the imminent contracts of Wilson and Luck will force their team's hands when it comes to the rest of the roster.

 

Seattle will face a number of hard decisions as Wilson is not the Seahawks' only impact player due to hit free agency next season with Bobby Wagner, Russell Okung, Brandon Mebane, Bruce Irvin and Jermaine Kearse also entering the final year of their contracts. 

 

Indianapolis has their own set of free agents that they will try to re-sign along with Luck, including tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, receiver T.Y. Hilton and left tackle Anthony Castonzo. 

 

Can the Seahawks and Colts keep their quarterbacks without letting the rest of their young talent walk? Yes, the NFL is a quarterback-drive league, but at what price does it negatively impact the rest of the roster?

 

The New England Patriots have been a dominant team for 15 years while paying an elite quarterback, but Tom Brady's willingness to not break the bank and often restructure his deal has given the team enough flexibility to maintain their "building a balanced 53-man roster" philosophy. Not all quarterbacks are that willing.

 

The huge deals that Wilson and Luck will undoubtedly sign in the next year will have a major impact on their teams and take them out of the sweet spot they currently sit in. The long-term competitiveness of their teams won't necessarily depend on how big the initial dollar amounts are, but how flexible Wilson and Luck will be in the future when it comes to moving money around to open cap space.

 

The salary cap is designed to keep an even playing field, but not even the best quarterbacks in the game can keep their team consistently in the Super Bowl hunt by themselves. But once again it goes back to what got the teams in this position in the first place - drafting well. That is the only way to beat the cap, even if your quarterback is willing to take a team-friendly deal.

 

The coming contracts for Wilson and Luck will hit the reset button for their respective rosters, but if their teams are able to replace the cap casualties that are sure to follow with more cap-friendly rookies, both the Seahawks and Colts should remain competitive.

 

But with more money and potentially less talent around them, the pressure will surely mount on Newton, Luck and Wilson to deliver.

 

— Written by Mike Dussault, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and writer/editor of PatsPropaganda.com (@PatsPropaganda), a comprehensive blog covering the New England Patriots.

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Will Mega-Deals for Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck Mean the End of the Seahawks and Colts?
Post date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 11:30
Path: /mlb/giants-pitcher-chris-heston-no-hits-mets-hits-three-mets
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Chris Heston came into last night’s game against the Mets with some flashes of brilliance but also shaky inconsistency in several starts. He wasn’t even supposed to start this season in the majors, but an injury to Matt Cain brought him into the rotation.

 

Nevertheless, Heston no hit the Mets in dominating fashion, fanning 11 batters and only allowing a couple balls to even leave the infield. More bizarrely however, the only batters he allowed on base were by hit pitches, two in a row in the fourth and one to start the ninth. The three hit batters in a no-hitter are the most since 1914, but it is also the first time a pitcher has struck out three batters in the ninth since 1965. And not only did he have his best game pitching, he even added a two RBI single in the fourth and a second single in the seventh. Yes, he had two more hits than the entire Mets team. 

Look below to see his final strikeout and celebration:



 

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Post date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 11:29
All taxonomy terms: NBA, Overtime
Path: /overtime/jimmy-kimmel-exposes-fake-warriors-fans-lie-witness-news-lebron-james-jordan-steph-curry
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Jimmy Kimmel is out to expose fake basketball fans.

 

The late night host released a special Warriors edition of "Lie Witness News" where he asked "fans" randome questions about their team that doesn't make sense. These people are asked about Stevie Nicks and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, neither of whom play for the Warriors.

 

 

Just take a second to think if LeBron James wanted to change his name to Michael Jordan and you haven't heard from every single person on the planet, it's probably a lie. Don't get caught in it.

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Post date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 11:27
All taxonomy terms: Overtime
Path: /overtime/bob-costas-rips-espn-its-bruce-caitlyn-jenner-arthur-ashe-award-dan-patrick
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Bob Costas has been the voice of sports for years. The Syracuse alum has paid his dues, and with that comes the permission to give his valued opinion on various matters.

 

While on the "Dan Patrick Show," Costas was asked about Caitlyn Jenner and ESPN's decision to give her the Arthur Ashe Award. At the eight-minute mark, the broadcast legend said he wished Jenner well but then gave an honest opinion about ESPN.

 

"It strikes me that awarding the Arthur Ashe Award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play, it's a tabloid play," Costas said. "I'm pretty sure they could've found someone who was much closer to actively involved in sports who would've been deserving of what that award represents."

 

 

Judging by the public outcry, there are many people who share Costas' sentiments.

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Post date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:33
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It’s no secret college football’s best talent resides in the SEC. While the talent at quarterback is down this year, there’s no shortage of potential All-America candidates on defense and at running back. And choosing which players from the 14 teams make Athlon’s 2015 All-SEC team is no easy assignment considering the overall depth of this league.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the SEC last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

 

Related: 2015 SEC Predictions

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

SEC 2015 Team Previews
East Division
 
National
Rank:
26105527372279
West Division
 
National
Rank:
216415211120

 

Visit the Athlon Sports Online Store to order a copy of the 2015 SEC Preview Magazine, which features in-depth analysis and previews for all 14 teams, predictions, rankings and features to prepare for the upcoming year. 
 

Athlon's 2015 All-SEC Team
First Team Second TeamThird TeamFourth Team
QB Dak Prescott
Mississippi State 
Jeremy Johnson
Auburn 
Joshua Dobbs
Tennessee 
Kyle Allen
Texas A&M 
RB Nick Chubb
Georgia  
Derrick Henry
Alabama 
Jalen Hurd
Tennessee 
Ralph Webb
Vanderbilt 
RB Leonard Fournette
LSU 
Jonathan Williams
Arkansas 
Russell Hansbrough
Missouri  
Boom Williams
Kentucky 
AP Pharoh Cooper
South Carolina 
Alex Collins (RB)
Arkansas 
Speedy Noil (AP) 
Texas A&M 
Jovon Robinson (RB)
Auburn 
WR Laquon Treadwell
Ole Miss 
De'Runnya Wilson
Mississippi State 
Josh Reynolds
Texas A&M 
Keon Hatcher
Arkansas 
WR D'haquille Williams
Auburn 
Demarcus Robinson
Florida 
Marquez North
Tennessee 
Travin Dural
LSU 
TE Hunter Henry
Arkansas 
Evan Engram
Ole Miss 
O.J. Howard
Alabama 
Jeb Blazevich
Georgia 
C Ryan Kelly
Alabama 
Mike Matthews
Texas A&M 
Evan Boehm
Missouri  
Jon Toth
Kentucky 
OG Greg Pyke
Georgia 
Conner McGovern
Missouri 
Justin Malone
Miss. State 
Jashon Robertson
Tennessee 
OG Sebastian Tretola
Arkansas 
Alex Kozan
Auburn 
Avery Young (OT)
Auburn 
Brandon Kublanow
Georgia 
OT Laremy Tunsil
Ole Miss 
Denver Kirkland
Arkansas 
Vadal Alexander
LSU 
Jerald Hawkins
LSU 
OT Cam Robinson
Alabama 
Dan Skipper 
Arkansas 
John Theus
Georgia 
Germain Ifedi
Texas A&M 
 First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DEDerek Barnett
Tennessee 
Jon Bullard
Florida 
Carl Lawson
Auburn 
Jarran Reed
Alabama 
DEMyles Garrett
Texas A&M 
Jonathan Allen
Alabama 
Marquis Haynes
Ole Miss 
Issac Gross
Ole Miss 
DTRobert Nkemdiche
Ole Miss 
Harold Brantley
Missouri 
Montravius Adams
Auburn 
Taiwan Johnson
Arkansas 
DTA'Shawn Robinson
Alabama 
Chris Jones
Miss. State 
Davon Godchaux
LSU 
Adam Butler
Vanderbilt 
LBReggie Ragland
Alabama 
Antonio Morrison
Florida 
Cassanova McKinzy
Auburn 
Stephen Weatherly
Vanderbilt 
LBJordan Jenkins
Georgia 

Curt Maggitt (DE/LB)

Tennessee 

Kendell Beckwith
LSU 
Kris Frost
Auburn 
LBKentrell Brothers
Missouri 
Leonard Floyd
Georgia 
Skai Moore
South Carolina 
Denzel Nkemdiche
Ole Miss 
CBVernon Hargreaves III
Florida 
Tre'Davious White
LSU 
Jared Collins
Arkansas 
Taveze Calhoun
Miss. State 
CBJonathan Jones
Auburn 
Cam Sutton
Tennessee 
Cyrus Jones
Alabama 
Kenya Dennis
Missouri 
STony Conner
Ole Miss 
Jalen Mills
LSU 
Mike Hilton
Ole Miss 
Quincy Mauger
Georgia 
SJamal Adams
LSU 
Brian Randolph
Tennessee 
Johnathan Ford
Auburn 
Brian Poole
Florida 
 First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
KAustin MacGinnis
Kentucky 
Marshall Morgan
Georgia 
Elliott Fry
South Carolina 
Daniel Carlson
Auburn 
PJK Scott
Alabama 
Drew Kaser
Texas A&M 
Jamie Keehn
LSU 
Landon Foster
Kentucky 
KRDarrius Sims
Vanderbilt 
Boom Williams
Kentucky 
Leonard Fournette
LSU 
Speedy Noil
Texas A&M 
PRIsaiah McKenzie
Georgia 

Tre'Davious White
LSU 

Speedy Noil
Texas A&M 
Cam Sutton
Tennessee 

Related: 2015 SEC Predictions

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 All-SEC Team
 FirstSecondThirdFourth

Alabama

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Arkansas

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 4

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Auburn

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 4

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Florida

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Georgia

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Kentucky

Offense: 0

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1 

LSU

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Missouri

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Miss. State

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Ole Miss

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0 

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0 

South Carolina

Offense: 1 

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Tennessee

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 3 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1 

Texas A&M

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1 

Vanderbilt

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

 

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SEC Football 2015 All-Conference Team
Post date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:30
Path: /college-football/conference-usa-football-2015-all-conference-team
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Could Conference USA have a contender for the Group of 5 bowl spot among college football’s top postseason destinations? WKU is a team to watch as the Hilltoppers return an explosive offense behind quarterback Brandon Doughty. The senior headlines the All-Conference USA team, along with two other members from WKU’s offense on the first team. In addition to WKU’s players, there’s no shortage of Louisiana Tech and Marshall players in the mix for all-conference honors.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Conference USA last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

 

Related: 2015 Conference USA Predictions

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Conference USA 2015 Team Previews
East Division
 
National
Rank:
128107112708811369
West Division
 
National
Rank:
8611789116100123

 

Visit the Athlon Sports Online Store to order a copy of the 2015 National College Football Preview Magazine, which features in-depth analysis and previews for all 128 teams, predictions, rankings and features to prepare for the upcoming year. 

 

 

Athlon's 2015 All-Conference USA Team

 First-Team
Offense
Second-Team
Offense
Third-Team
Offense
Fourth-Team
Offense
QBBrandon Doughty
WKU 
Driphus Jackson
Rice 

Jaquez Johnson

FAU 

Jeff Driskel
Louisiana Tech 
RBDevon Johnson
Marshall 
Leon Allen
WKU 
Ray Lawry
ODU 
Shane Tucker
MTSU 
RBKenneth Dixon
Louisiana Tech 
Aaron Jones
UTEP 
Kalif Phillips
Charlotte 
Jowan Davis
Rice 
WRJared Dangerfield
WKU 
Zach Pascal
ODU 
Paul Turner
Louisiana Tech 
Carlos Henderson
Louisiana Tech 
WRTrent Taylor
Louisiana Tech 
Taywan Taylor
WKU 
Austin Duke
Charlotte 
David Washington
ODU 
APCarlos Harris (WR)
North Texas 
Deon-Tay McManus (WR)
Marshall 
Michael Thomas (WR)
Southern Miss 
Jeffrey Wilson (RB)
North Texas 
TEJonnu Smith
FIU 
Tyler Higbee
WKU 
Marcus Smith
North Texas 
David Morgan II
UTSA 
CKaydon Kirby
North Texas 

Cameron Tom

Southern Miss 

Kirby Wixson
Louisiana Tech 
Eric Lee
UTEP 
OGDarius Johnson
MTSU 
Will Hernandez
UTEP 
Brandon Ray
WKU  
Mikingson Marsaille
FAU 
OGAndrew Reue
Rice 
Tyler Fisher
ODU 
Jordan Budwig
FIU 
Derek Elmendorff
UTEP 
OTClint Van Horn
Marshall 
Reggie Bain
FAU 
Connor Mewbourne
ODU 
Rashod Hill
Southern Miss 
OTForrest Lamp
WKU 
Caleb Williams
Rice 
Aaron Nielsen
FIU 
Jamal Covington
Charlotte 
 First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DEMichael Wakefield
FIU 
Roy Robertson-Harris
UTEP 
Trey Hendrickson
FAU 
Gary Thompson
Marshall 
DEVontarrius Dora
Louisiana Tech 
Gavin Rocker
WKU 
Denzell Perine
FIU 
Chad Polk
North Texas 
DTVernon Butler
Louisiana Tech 
Brandin Bryant
FAU 
Jontavious Morris
WKU 
Poncho Barnwell
ODU 
DTTrevon Coley
FAU 
Stuart Mouchantaf
Rice 
Patrick McNeil
MTSU  
Brian Price
UTSA 
LBT.T. Barber
MTSU 
Alex Lyons
Rice 
Alvin Jones
UTEP 
Nick Thomason
Louisiana Tech 
LBD.J. Hunter
Marshall 
Drew Douglas
UTSA 
T.J. Ricks
ODU 
Fred Scott
North Texas 
LBNick Holt
WKU 
Evan McKelvey
Marshall 
Davison Colimon
FIU 
Treyvon Williams
FIU 
CBRichard Leonard
FIU 
Cre'von LeBlanc
FAU 
Wonderful Terry
WKU 
Kenny Buyers
North Texas 
CBAdairius Barnes
Louisiana Tech 
Bennett Okotcha
UTSA 
Ryan Pollard
Rice 
Bryson Abraham
Louisiana Tech 
SXavier Woods
Louisiana Tech 
Taj Letman
Marshall 
A.J. Leggett
Marshall 
Devin Cockrell
UTEP 
SKevin Byard
MTSU 
Kentrell Brice
Louisiana Tech 
Fellonte Misher
ODU 
Branden Leston
WKU 
 First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
KTrevor Moore
North Texas 
Jay Mattox
UTEP 
Garrett Schwettman
WKU 
Austin Taylor
FIU 
PTyler Williams
Marshall 
Dalton Schomp
FAU 
James Farrimond
Rice 
Eric Keena
North Texas 
KRAutrey Golden
UTEP 
Deandre Reaves
Marshall 
Carlos Henderson
Louisiana Tech 
Richard Leonard
FIU 
PRRichard Leonard
FIU 
Darvin Kidsy
North Texas 
Casey Martin
Southern Miss 
Trent Taylor
Louisiana Tech 

 

Related: 2015 Conference USA Predictions

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 All-C-USA Team
 FirstSecondThirdFourth
Charlotte

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

FAU

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

FIU

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 2

Louisiana Tech

Offense: 2

Defense: 4

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2 

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Marshall

Offense: 2 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

MTSU

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

North Texas

Offense: 2

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 1

Old Dominion

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Rice

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 

Defense: 2 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Southern Miss

Offense: 0 

Defense: 0 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

UTEP

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

UTSA

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

WKU

Offense: 3

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

 

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Conference USA Football 2015 All-Conference Team
Post date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:00
All taxonomy terms: NBA, Overtime
Path: /nba/urban-meyer-leads-crowd-ohio-chant-lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers-buckeyes
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Urban Meyer is used to pumping up a group of college football players, but he went above and beyond the call of duty at the Cavaliers game against the Warriors.

 

The Ohio State coach led the crowd in by yelling "O-H" and letting them continue with the "I-O." Meyer missed his golden opportunity to wear his custom Cavs jersey.

 

 

It must've worked because the Cavaliers won and took a 2-1 series lead. 

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Ranking every college football coach is an impossible task. However, coaching is a critical component to every collegiate program. Needless to say, success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.

 

This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by accomplishment or wins. While those aspects are important, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of how successful coaches are. Winning 10 games at Alabama is different than winning 10 games at Kentucky. Also, every program has a different amount of resources available. Hierarchy in college football also plays a vital role in how successful programs are. It's always easier for programs with more built-in advantages to contend for a national title on a more consistent basis.

 

A couple of other factors to consider when ranking coaches: How well are the assistants paid? A staff with two of the nation’s top coordinators could be a sign the head coach is better as a CEO and may not be as strong in terms of developing gameplans. How is the coach in the X’s and O’s? Can the coach recruit? Are the program’s facilities on par with the rest of the conference? Much like assistants, a program needs good facilities to win big. If a team is winning at a high level with poor facilities and a small budget, it reflects positively on the head coach. Is the coach successful at only one stop? Or has that coach built a solid resume from different jobs?

 

Again, wins are important. But our rankings also take into account a blank slate. If you start a program from scratch, which coach would you hire knowing what they accomplished so far and their career trajectory? Remember, you don't get the assistants - only the head coach. And head-to-head wins do not matter for this ranking.

 

Here’s the full 128 list of coach rankings, as voted on by the Athlon Sports staff for 2015.

 

By Conference: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

 

Ranking All 128 College Football Coaches for 2015

 

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

Record at Alabama: 91-17 (8 years)

Career Record: 182-59-1 (19 years)

 

Maintaining a place among college football’s elite every year is no easy task. However, as long as Alabama has Saban, the Crimson Tide will factor into the Playoff mix and remain among the nation’s top threats to win the national championship every season. In Saban’s eight years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has won 10 games at least seven times and has not lost more than one game in SEC play in four years. And of course, we can’t forget about the three national championships during the BCS era. Additionally, the Crimson Tide has seven consecutive finishes inside of the top 10 in the final Associated Press poll. Recruiting and developing talent is another strength of the program under Saban, as Alabama has reeled in the No. 1 recruiting class over the last five seasons and 48 players have been drafted since 2009. 

 

Related: SEC 2015 Predictions

 

2. Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Record at Ohio State:
 38-3 (3 years)

Career Record: 142-26 (13 years)

 

There was never really any doubt about his place among the nation’s best coaches, but if there was, Meyer clearly solidified his top billing with Ohio State’s 2014 season. The Buckeyes lost their No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks, yet won 14 games and claimed the national championship over Oregon. In three seasons at Ohio State, Meyer is 38-3 and has not lost a regular season game in Big Ten play. The 2014 national title was Meyer’s third as a head coach, as he claimed two during his tenure at Florida (2006, 2008). In addition to his national championships in Gainesville, Meyer went 65-15 with the Gators, 22-2 in two years at Utah and 17-6 in two seasons with Bowling Green.

 

Related: Big Ten 2015 Predictions

 

3. Art Briles, Baylor

Record at Baylor: 55-34 (7 years)

Career Record: 89-62 (12 years)

 

Briles has completely changed the perception of Baylor football over the last seven years. Prior to Briles’ tenure, the Bears did not play in a bowl or post a winning record from 1995-2007. Baylor went 8-16 in Briles’ first two years, but has played in five consecutive bowl games and tied or won the conference championship in back-to-back years. The Bears are 22-4 over the last two seasons and have three double-digit victory totals in three out of the last four years. Prior to taking over at Baylor, Briles went 34-28 at Houston. Briles is a Texas coaching lifer and has changed this program from one of the bottom teams in the Big 12 into a conference championship contender. The talent level on this team has improved with four consecutive top-40 signing classes, and the program just opened brand-new McLane Stadium in 2014. Momentum at Baylor is at an all-time high with Briles at the controls – and it doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon.

 

Related: Big 12 2015 Predictions

 

4. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

Record at Michigan: First Year

Career Record: 58-27 (7 years)

 

Harbaugh is the right coach to return Michigan back among the nation’s elite. At three different coaching jobs, Harbaugh has delivered a quick turnaround and won at a high level. At San Diego from 2004-06, Harbaugh went 29-6 and lost only two games over the final two years. Harbaugh moved to the FBS level in 2007 at Stanford and won 29 games in four seasons. The Cardinal missed a bowl appearance in the first two years, but managed 20 wins over Harbaugh’s last two seasons, including a 12-1 finish in 2010. Harbaugh left Stanford for the NFL and won 44 games with the 49ers from 2011-14. San Francisco lost in the NFC Championship Game twice under Harbaugh’s watch and lost to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII. As a former Michigan quarterback and player under Bo Schembechler, Harbaugh knows what it takes to win in Ann Arbor. Expect to see the Wolverines back among the top 10-15 teams in the nation in the next few years.

 

Related: Jim Harbaugh is the No. 1 College Football Coach Hire for 2015

 

5. Bill Snyder, Kansas State

Record at Kansas State: 187-94-1 (23 years)

Career Record: 187-94-1 (23 years)

 

There’s not a coach in the nation doing more with less every year. Kansas State is not an easy job, yet Snyder continues to keep the Wildcats in contention for the Big 12 title on a yearly basis. Kansas State won only three games in the four previous years prior to his hire in November 1988, and after a 1-10 record in his first season, Snyder’s teams have won fewer than six games only four times and claimed double-digit victories in seven years. Don't forget that following his retirement after the 2005 season, Kansas State went just 17-20 in three years under Ron Prince before Snyder returned in November 2008. Regardless of how much talent or key personnel Kansas State loses, the Wildcats are always a threat to win the conference championship and finish among the top 25 teams in the nation. Developing and finding talent in the junior college ranks is one of Snyder’s biggest strengths. Kansas State doesn’t recruit at a high level, so it’s important to develop talent and find ways to win games with less. That’s exactly what Snyder has accomplished, as from 2011-14, the Wildcats have the best record in Big 12 games (27-9).

 

Related: Athlon's 2015 College Football Rankings: No. 1 to 128

 

6. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

Record at Michigan State: 75-31 (8 years)

Career Record: 93-48 (11 years)

 

Dantonio has transformed Michigan State from an underachieving program to one of the best in the Big Ten. The Spartans have won at least 11 games in four out of the last five years and finished No. 3 nationally after winning the Big Ten Championship Game and Rose Bowl in 2013. Under Dantonio’s watch, Michigan State also has claimed four consecutive bowl victories and went 15-1 in conference play from 2013-14. And if you needed any more information on why Dantonio is among the nation’s best: The Spartans have six seasons of 10 or more wins in program history. Four of those have come with Dantonio at the helm. 

 

Related: Michigan State's Connor Cook Ranks as the Big Ten's No. 2 QB in 2015

 

7. Gary Patterson, TCU

Record at TCU: 132-45 (14 years)

Career Record: 132-45 (14 years)

 

Coming off a 12-1 season and a No. 3 ranking in the final Associated Press poll, TCU is among the favorites to contend for the 2015 national championship. The Horned Frogs have come a long way in a short amount of time since joining the Big 12. TCU finished 7-6 in its Big 12 debut in 2012 but followed that up with a 4-8 mark in 2013, thanks in large part to a struggling offense. The The 8-1 mark in conference play last season is easily the best of TCU’s three-year stint in the Big 12. In Patterson’s 14 years, the Horned Frogs have won 132 games and claimed 10 or more victories in nine of those seasons. Winning at a high level is nothing new for Patterson in Fort Worth. In 2010, TCU finished No. 2 nationally with a 13-0 mark, No. 7 in 2008 and No. 6 in 2009. With Patterson at the helm, TCU will be a consistent threat to win the Big 12 title.

 

Related: Big 12 2015 Predictions

 

8. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

Record at Oklahoma: 168-44 (16 years)

Career Record: 168-44 (16 years)

 

With 16 seasons at Oklahoma, Stoops is the second-longest tenured coach in college football. The Sooners have consistently ranked among the Big 12’s best under Stoops, winning at least 10 games in 12 of his years in Norman. Additionally, Stoops has guided Oklahoma to eight Big 12 titles and one national championship (2000). Winning at a high level and competing for a spot in one of college football’s top bowl games has become the norm for the Sooners under Stoops. However, Oklahoma finished 8-5 in 2014, which was the worst mark under Stoops since 2009 (8-5). Maintaining success at one job for a long period of time is no easy task for any college football coach. Stoops will try to get the program back on track with a few staff changes, including new offensive play-caller Lincoln Riley. There’s no question Stoops is among the best in the nation, and it will be interesting to see if 2014 was just a small blip on the radar or if it’s the beginning of a down period for the program. 

 

9. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Record at Auburn:
 20-7 (2 years)
Career Record: 29-10 (3 years)

 

In just three seasons as a head coach, Malzahn has already entrenched his name among the best in the nation. After a 9-3 record at Arkansas State in 2012 (his first as a head coach on the FBS level), Malzahn has guided Auburn to a 20-7 mark over the last two years. The Tigers played for the 2013 national championship and finished No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll after the loss to Florida State. Auburn slipped to 8-5 last year, but Malzahn should have this team back in contention for the SEC title in 2015. Prior to being a head coach on the FBS level, Malzahn was one of the nation’s top offensive coordinators at Auburn and Tulsa, with a one-year stop at Arkansas in 2006. He’s also known for his stint as a high school coach at Springdale High School in Arkansas from 2001-05. Malzahn is one of the game’s top X’s and O’s tacticians on offense and upgraded his defense with the addition of Will Muschamp as his new coordinator.

 

10. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
Record at Florida State:
58-11 (5 years)

Career Record: 58-11 (5 years)

 

Fisher has returned Florida State to the nation’s elite, guiding the Seminoles to a 27-1 mark over the last two seasons and the 2013 national championship. Under Fisher’s watch, Florida State has averaged 11.6 wins a season and has three consecutive finishes in the final Associated Press poll. Replacing Jameis Winston won’t be easy, but Fisher is one of the nation’s best at talent evaluation, and the Seminoles will continue to win at a high level under his watch.  

 

Related: ACC 2015 Predictions

 

11. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

Record at South Carolina: 84-45 (10 years)

Career Record: 226-85-2 (25 years)

 

Spurrier enters 2015 ranked No. 2 among active FBS coaches with 226 career wins. South Carolina slipped in 2014 after three consecutive 11-win seasons, but Spurrier has elevated a program that had only one 10-win campaign prior to his arrival in 2005. Additionally, out of the six times the Gamecocks have won at least nine games, four of those have taken place under Spurrier’s watch. And Spurrier’s track record is no secret, as he went 122-27-1 at Florida from 1990-2001 and 20-13-1 at Duke from 1987-89. It’s not easy for coaches to maintain success over a 20-year span. Spurrier has had to tweak a few things along the way, but as evidenced by his recent success at South Carolina, he’s still one of the game’s top coaches.

 

12. Bobby Petrino, Louisville

Record at Louisville: 50-13 (5 years)

Career Record: 92-34 (10 years)

 

Petrino’s return to Louisville was a success, as the Cardinals finished 9-4 in their first season in the ACC. And Petrino’s team was neck-and-neck with the top teams in the conference, losing by just six points to Clemson and was defeated by Florida State after leading the defending national champs going into the fourth quarter. In Petrino’s 10 years as a college head coach, he’s won at least eight games every season but one. The Cardinals have some key pieces to replace for 2015, but the program is in good shape for the long haul with Petrino in control.

 

13. Todd Graham, Arizona State

Record at Arizona State: 28-12 (3 years)

Career Record: 77-41 (9 years)

 

It’s a close call between Graham and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez for the No. 1 spot among current Pac-12 coaches. The Sun Devils enter 2015 as one of the favorites for the conference title, and Graham has guided the program to 28 wins over the last three seasons. The Sun Devils won the South Division in 2013 and tied for second in '12 and '14. Under Graham’s watch, Arizona State has clearly removed the label of a program that struggles to reach expectations. And the Sun Devils are in the midst of a stadium renovation that will only help Graham and this staff sell a program that has inked back-to-back top-25 signing classes. Graham’s success isn’t just limited to Arizona State, as he helped Rice make a six-game improvement in the win column in 2006, won 36 games in four years at Tulsa and went 6-6 in his only season at Pittsburgh.

 

Related: Arizona State is a Team on the Rise in 2015

 

14. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

Record at Arizona: 26-14 (3 years)
Career Record: 146-98-2 (21 years)

 

Rodriguez is in the process of elevating Arizona into a yearly contender for the Pac-12 title. The Wildcats claimed the South Division championship last season with a 7-2 conference record and won double-digit games (10) for the first time since 1998. Additionally, the 10 wins last year was only the third time in program history that Arizona has won more than nine in a season. Rodriguez only went 15-22 in three years at Michigan, but he won 60 games in seven seasons at West Virginia and guided the program to three finishes in the final Associated Press poll from 2005-07. The bad news for the rest of the Pac-12: Rodriguez is really just getting started and this program is only going to get better in the coming years.

 

Related: Pac-12 2015 Predictions

 

15. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

Record at Notre Dame: 45-20 (5 years)

Career Record: 216-77-2 (24 years)

 

Kelly hasn’t quite returned Notre Dame to national prominence since he took over in 2010, but the Fighting Irish are 45-20 under his watch and has one appearance in the national championship game (2012). Outside of 2012, Notre Dame has won at least eight games every season under Kelly and has two top 25 finishes in the final Associated Press poll. Prior to Notre Dame, Kelly went 34-6 at Cincinnati – including a 12-0 record in the 2009 regular season – 19-16 at Central Michigan from 2004-06 and a 118-35-2 mark at Division II Grand Valley State from 1991-2003.   

 

16. Mark Richt, Georgia

Record at Georgia: 136-48 (14 years)

Career Record: 136-48 (14 years)

 

Georgia hasn’t won a SEC title since 2005, but the Bulldogs usually rank near the top of the conference. Richt has guided Georgia to three double-digit win seasons over the last four years, and the Bulldogs finished No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll in 2007. The talent level certainly isn’t an issue for Georgia, as the program owns the No. 3 roster in the SEC over the last five seasons. And with a 7.6 national average, the talent level is in place for the Bulldogs to contend for a national title. Under Richt’s direction, Georgia has never finished lower than third in the East and has lost more than two games in SEC play only five times over the last 14 years.

 

17. Gary Pinkel, Missouri

Record at Missouri: 113-66 (14 years)

Career Record: 186-104-3 (24 years)

 

Pinkel has been a consistent winner throughout his tenure at Missouri. The Tigers average 8.1 wins a season under Pinkel and have claimed back-to-back East Division titles after a 5-7 record in their SEC debut. Prior to joining the SEC, Missouri posted seven consecutive winning campaigns from 2005-11, including a 12-2 mark and a No. 4 finish in the final Associated Press poll in 2007. Pinkel’s success isn’t limited to just Missouri, as he went 73-37-3 in 10 years at Toledo. Despite a national recruiting rank of 39th nationally over the last five years, the Tigers won the SEC East in back-to-back years and will begin 2015 as one of the favorites in the division once again. That’s a huge credit to Pinkel and his staff’s ability to find and develop talent every year. 

 

18. David Cutcliffe, Duke

Record at Duke: 40-48 (7 years)

Career Record: 84-77 (13 years)

 

Cutcliffe has elevated Duke into an annual bowl team in the ACC, and after winning the Coastal Division title in 2014, the Blue Devils finished second last season. How big of a difference has Cutcliffe made with Duke since 2008? The 10-win 2013 campaign, and the 19 victories in a two-year span are the best marks in school history. Cutcliffe is regarded for his work with offenses and quarterbacks, but he deserves more credit for his work as a head coach, especially at a program like Duke where it’s not easy to maintain success.  

 

19. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State

Record at Mississippi State: 46-31 (6 years)

Career Record: 46-31 (6 years)

 

Mullen is the perfect example of why job hierarchy within a conference matters when ranking coaches. Mississippi State is the toughest job in the SEC West, and this program’s 27.4 finish nationally over the last five years in recruiting ranks No. 7 within its own division. However, the Bulldogs are 46-31 under Mullen and are coming off just the third double-digit win season in program history. Last season, Mississippi State climbed as high as No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the first time and finished No. 11 in the final ranking – the second-highest mark in school history. Since a 5-7 mark in Mullen’s debut, Mississippi State has recorded a winning record in five consecutive years and is 22-26 in the SEC. Even though the Bulldogs suffered some heavy personnel losses this offseason, Mullen has elevated this program and the talent level has improved to ensure a quick rebuild.

 

Related: Mississippi State's Dak Prescott ranks as the SEC's No. 1 QB for 2015

 

20. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

Record at Ole Miss: 24-15 (3 years)

Career Record: 54-22 (6 years)

 

Ole Miss has made steady improvement under Freeze, including a nine-win campaign in 2014. The Rebels have made a bowl game in all three of Freeze’s seasons in Oxford and went as high as No. 3 in the Associated Press poll in 2014. And if injuries didn’t take a toll on the 2014 team, Ole Miss easily could have won 10 games for the first time since '03. While Freeze doesn’t have the track record of some of the coaches in this league, he’s already a proven winner at three different jobs. In addition to the 24 wins at Ole Miss, he went 20-5 at Lambuth from 2008-09 and 10-2 at Arkansas State in '11. As we mentioned in the introduction, it’s not a list of career accomplishments. Based upon what Freeze inherited and has done in three years at Ole Miss, his career trajectory is higher than several names on this list.

 

21. David Shaw, Stanford

Record at Stanford: 42-12 (4 years)

Career Record: 42-12 (4 years)

 

For the first time in Shaw’s tenure at Stanford, the Cardinal are coming off a season with fewer than 11 wins. After winning 34 games through Shaw’s first three years, Stanford regressed to 8-5 but still finished second in the North with a 5-4 conference record. Under Shaw’s direction, the Cardinal has finished inside of the top 11 of the final Associated Press poll three times and played for the conference title in back-to-back years (2012-13). Additionally, Shaw and his staff continue to do an excellent job on the recruiting trail, signing top-25 classes in four out of the last five years. The biggest challenge for Shaw in 2015 will be improving an offense that averaged only 23.8 points per game in conference play last year (11th in the Pac-12). Even with significant departures on defense, Stanford can push Oregon in the North if Shaw is able to find the right answers on offense.

 

22. James Franklin, Penn State

Record at Penn State: 7-6 (1 year)

Career Record: 31-21 (4 years)

 

Franklin will return Penn State back to contention for the Big Ten title and as a consistent top-25 team – it just may take a little longer than we anticipated. High expectations surrounded the Nittany Lions last year, but Franklin’s team finished 7-6 and won only two games in Big Ten play. Fixing the offensive line is Franklin’s top priority in 2015, and there’s hope for improvement with one of the nation’s top assistants (Herb Hand) leading this group. Franklin went 24-15 in three years with Vanderbilt and recorded back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2012-13. Considering what Franklin managed to accomplish at Vanderbilt – the SEC’s toughest job – combined with the success on the recruiting trail, it’s only a matter of time before Penn State wins again at a high level.

 

Related: Penn State 2015 Schedule Analysis

 

23. Chris Petersen, Washington

Record at Washington: 8-6 (1 year)

Career Record: 100-18 (9 years)

 

After one of the most successful stints by a coach during the BCS era, Petersen decided to make the jump to a Power 5 job and replaced Steve Sarkisian at Washington. Petersen went 92-12 at Boise State and led the Broncos to double-digit win seasons in seven out of his eight years. But Petersen didn’t quite find the same success in his first year with the Huskies. Washington’s defense had three first-team All-Pac-12 selections on defense, but a struggling secondary and offense dropped Petersen’s first team to just 8-6 overall and 4-5 in Pac-12 play. Petersen and his staff will be tested even more in 2015, as Washington returns only nine starters, loses standout defenders Shaq Thompson, Danny Shelton and Hau’oli Kikaha, and could have a true freshman start at quarterback. 

 

Related: Washington safety Budda Baker is a Player on the Rise for 2015

 

24. Les Miles, LSU

Record at LSU: 103-29 (10 years)

Career Record: 131-50 (14 years)

 

2015 is shaping up to be one of the most interesting years of Miles’ tenure at LSU. The Tigers have slipped in the SEC pecking order over the last three seasons and last year finished outside of the Associated Press top 25 poll for the first time since 2008. LSU’s 4-4 mark in SEC play in 2014 was the first non-winning record in conference games in six seasons. Additionally, Miles lost top assistant and defensive coordinator John Chavis to rival Texas A&M, and the offense ranked 13th in the SEC in scoring last year. Plenty of question marks surround LSU for 2015, but Miles has showed before he’s capable of getting the program back among the best in the SEC. The Tigers went 17-9 from 2008-09, yet rebounded with four consecutive seasons of at least 10 wins from 2010-13. LSU has averaged a 6.8 finish nationally in recruiting rankings over the last five years. With that type of talent in place, the Tigers have the necessary pieces in place to get back to the top of the SEC.

 

25. Butch Jones, Tennessee

Record at Tennessee: 12-13 (2 years)

Career Record: 62-40 (8 years)

 

The arrow on Tennessee’s program under Jones' leadership is clearly pointing up entering 2015. The Volunteers went 5-7 in Jones’ first season but improved to 7-6 and returned to a bowl for the first time since 2010. Upgrading the talent on Tennessee’s roster has been a priority for Jones, and the coaching staff has inked back-to-back top-10 signing classes. With the talent on the rise, a solid core of personnel in place, and a team that won four out of its final five games, Tennessee is poised to take another step forward in 2015. Prior to Tennessee, Jones guided Central Michigan to a 27-13 record in three years (2007-09) and led Cincinnati to a 23-14 mark from 2010-12.

 

Related: Tennessee is a Team on the Rise for 2015

 

26. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Record at Texas A&M: 28-11 (3 years)

Career Record: 63-28 (7 years)

 

Texas A&M has made a successful transition to the SEC under Sumlin’s watch. In addition to fielding an explosive offense, the Aggies are 28-11 over the last three years and have a 13-11 record in SEC play in that span. With the program entrenched in the nation’s toughest conference, along with facility upgrades to compete with the SEC’s elite, Sumlin will be looking to push Texas A&M even higher in the conference standings. The Aggies’ win total in SEC games has declined from six (2012) to four (2013) to three (2014). While the offense has been among the league’s best since 2012, the defense has struggled mightily. But Sumlin took a big step in fixing that side of the ball by hiring John Chavis away from LSU. Prior to the last three seasons at Texas A&M, Sumlin guided Houston to a 35-17 record in four years from 2008-11. 

 

27. Bret Bielema, Arkansas

Record at Arkansas: 10-15 (2 years)

Career Record: 78-39 (9 years)

 

The overall coaching depth in the SEC is on display when Bielema ranks as the No. 11 coach on this list. Arkansas has showed marked improvement under Bielema in the last two years, and the Razorbacks are poised to take another step forward in 2015. After a 3-9 mark and a winless record in SEC play in 2013, Arkansas finished 7-6 and lost four games by a touchdown or less last fall. The Razorbacks closed 2014 by winning four out of their final six games, including a 31-7 destruction of Texas in the Texas Bowl. Prior to Arkansas, Bielema went 68-24 at Wisconsin and led the Badgers to four seasons of double-digit wins. The Razorbacks are clearly headed in the right direction, and Bielema’s physical style of play fits right at home in the SEC.

 

Related: Arkansas Razorbacks 2015 Schedule and Analysis

 

28. Jerry Kill, Minnesota

Record at Minnesota: 25-26 (4 years)

Career Record: 152-99 (21 years)

 

As we mentioned above, college football coaches can’t be judged strictly on wins and losses. Kill is a perfect example of why record isn’t the best indicator of coaching ability, as he’s only 25-26 in four years with Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have made significant improvement under his watch, going from 3-9 in his first year to three consecutive bowl games. And Minnesota is coming off back-to-back eight-win seasons and finished 5-3 in Big Ten play last year – the first winning mark in conference play since 2003. Kill is a proven winner at four other coaching stops in his career, including a 23-16 record at Northern Illinois and a 55-32 mark at Southern Illinois.

 

29. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

Record at Oklahoma State: 84-44 (10 years)

Career Record: 84-44 (10 years)

 

Oklahoma State took a step back in the win column in 2014, needing a late punt return for a touchdown to beat Oklahoma and secure bowl eligibility for the ninth consecutive season. The win over Washington in the Cactus Bowl gave Oklahoma State its ninth winning season in Gundy’s 10 years. The Cowboys have won at least 10 games in three out of the last five seasons and finished No. 3 nationally in 2011. Gundy consistently has Oklahoma State finishing in the top half of the Big 12, and the Cowboys are poised to return to the top 25 after last year’s 7-6 mark. Gundy’s name popped up in the rumor mill for other jobs over the last three offseasons, but the former Oklahoma State quarterback seems to be reenergized headed into 2015. 

 

Related: Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph is a Player on the Rise for 2015

 

30. Charlie Strong, Texas

Record at Texas: 6-7 (1 year)

Career Record: 43-23 (5+ years)

 

As expected, Strong had to reset the foundation at Texas. The Longhorns finished 6-7 last year and won five games in Big 12 action. However, Texas beat only two teams with a winning record and was thoroughly dominated by TCU and Arkansas in the final two games of 2014. The Longhorns only went 16-11 in Big 12 games over Mack Brown’s final three years and recorded just one finish in the final Associated Press poll in that span. The program clearly slipped in Brown’s final four years, and Strong needs a little time to rebuild the talent and get Texas back into contention for Big 12 championships. It’s only a matter of time before that happens, as Strong went 37-15 in four years at Louisville, including a 23-3 record from 2012-13. 

 

Related: Texas Ranks as the No. 1 Coaching Job in the Big 12

 

31. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech

Record at Georgia Tech: 58-35 (7 years)

Career Record: 165-74 (18 years)

 

2014 wasn’t necessarily a make-or-break year for Johnson at Georgia Tech, but it was fair to wonder where the program was headed after a 14-13 mark from 2012-13. The Yellow Jackets entered 2014 with low expectations and delivered with a surprising 11-3 season and a Coastal Division title. In Johnson’s seven seasons in Atlanta, Georgia Tech has never finished under .500 in conference play. Additionally, the Yellow Jackets have played for the ACC Championship three times. 

 

32. Kyle Whittingham, Utah

Record at Utah: 85-43 (10 years)

Career Record: 85-43 (10 years)

 

Whittingham has successfully transitioned Utah from a Mountain West team to a solid Pac-12 program in just four years. The Utes don’t have the resources or recruiting base of a UCLA or USC, but Whittingham’s team knocked off both programs last year as well as Stanford and Michigan en route to a 9-4 record. Utah also finished No. 21 in the final Associated Press poll – it’s first top-25 finish since 2009 – and claimed its first winning mark in Pac-12 play (5-4). In his 10-year tenure in Salt Lake City, Whittingham is 85-43 overall and has led his team to eight bowl games. 

 

33. Gary Andersen, Oregon State

Record at Oregon State: First Year

Career Record: 49-38 (7 years)

 

Andersen’s move from Wisconsin to Oregon State came as a surprise, but the Utah native is a great hire for this program. In two seasons at Wisconsin, Andersen went 19-7 and guided the Badgers to a Big Ten West Division title in 2014. Prior to Wisconsin, Andersen guided Utah State to a 26-24 record in four years. To show how big of an impact Andersen had on the Aggies – in the four years prior to his arrival in Logan, Utah State won only nine games. Utah State won 26 during Andersen’s four years, including 18 over the last two. Andersen is a proven winner at two different jobs and was a successful assistant at Utah prior to becoming a head coach. Oregon State is rebuilding in 2015, but Andersen’s hire will pay big dividends for the Beavers.

 

Related: Gary Andersen is one of the top coaching hires for 2015

 

34. Mark Helfrich, Oregon

Record at Oregon: 24-4 (2 years)

Career Record: 24-4 (2 years)

 

Helfrich is the only current Pac-12 coach to play for the national championship and has picked up where Chip Kelly left off by guiding Oregon to a 24-4 record over the last two years. The Ducks finished No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll after a loss to Ohio State in college football’s national championship in January. Helfrich and his staff navigated several injuries and overcame an early loss against Arizona to win the Pac-12 title and finish 13-2 overall. Prior to his promotion from offensive coordinator to head coach with the Ducks, Helfrich was an assistant at Arizona State, Colorado and Boise State. Helfrich won’t have Marcus Mariota in 2015, but the third-year coach has this program in great shape and poised to continue finishing near the top of the Pac-12. 

 

Related: Oregon is the No. 2 Coaching Job in the Pac-12

 

35. Jim Mora, UCLA

Record at UCLA: 29-11 (3 years)

Career Record: 29-11 (3 years)

 

A case could be made Mora should be higher among his conference peers. In three seasons at UCLA, the Bruins are 29-11 under his watch and have won six Pac-12 games each year. Mora guided UCLA to the Pac-12 South title in 2012 and finished (or tied) for second in the other two seasons. High expectations surrounded this program last year, but the Bruins were easily handled by Oregon in mid-October and on Nov. 28 lost to Stanford 31-10 with a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game up for grabs. Mora has recruited four consecutive top-20 classes, so talent isn’t an issue for this program. Contending for the South Division in 2015 should be a reasonable expectation, but the Bruins have to replace quarterback Brett Hundley.

 

36. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

Record at Virginia Tech: 231-115-2 (28 years)

Career Record: 273-138-4 (34 years)

 

Beamer is college football’s longest-tenured coach entering the 2015 season. Virginia Tech has won 231 games under Beamer’s watch, which includes a streak of eight consecutive seasons of at least 10 wins from 2004-11. While Beamer’s longevity deserves plenty of consideration here, it’s also worth noting Virginia Tech is just 22-17 over the last three seasons and has not finished in the final Associated Press poll in that span after recording 12 top-25 finishes in 13 years from 1998-2011. The Hokies tied for second in the Coastal Division in 2013 but slipped to fourth in 2012 and fifth in 2014. Can Beamer return this program back to the top of the Coastal in 2015? 

 

37. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern

Record at Northwestern: 60-53 (9 years)

Career Record: 60-53 (9 years)

 

Northwestern is coming off back-to-back losing seasons for the first time under Fitzgerald and is 4-12 in Big Ten play over the last two years. While it’s easy to only judge coaches by recent history, this is not an easy job and Fitzgerald has won 60 games since 2006. Additionally, the Wildcats went to five consecutive bowl games from 2008-12, including a 10-win campaign in '12, concluding with just the program’s second postseason victory. Considering what Fitzgerald has accomplished at one of the Big Ten’s toughest jobs, what could he do at a program with more resources?

 

38. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Record at Clemson: 61-26 (7 years)

Career Record: 61-26 (7 years)

 

Swinney has helped Clemson football reach its potential with four consecutive seasons of at least 10 victories. The Tigers have not lost more than two games in ACC play during that span and finished No. 8 in the final Associated Press poll in 2013. Swinney is also regarded for his work on the recruiting trail, as Clemson has averaged a 13.2 finish – including two top-10 classes – among all 128 teams over the last five seasons. It’s no secret the Tigers invested heavily in their coordinators – Chad Morris (now at SMU) and defensive play-caller Brent Venables – to allow Swinney to focus on being the program CEO. What type of impact will Morris leaving have on the offense? That’s the big question facing Clemson in 2015 and beyond.

 

Related: Clemson's Deshaun Watson is the ACC's No. 1 QB in 2015

 

39. Mark Hudspeth, UL Lafayette

Record at UL Lafayette: 36-16 (4 years)

Career Record: 102-37 (11 years)

 

Hudspeth has been a home-run hire for UL Lafayette, and it won’t be long before Power 5 programs inquire if he’s interested in moving to a bigger job. In each of Hudspeth’s four seasons, the Ragin’ Cajuns have won nine games and claimed a bowl victory. Prior to the last four years at UL Lafayette, Hudspeth went 66-21 at North Alabama from 2002-08 and also worked as an assistant at Mississippi State. Hudspeth is one of college football’s top rising stars in the coaching ranks.

 

40. Mike Riley, Nebraska

Record at Nebraska: First Year

Career Record: 93-80 (14 years)

 

Nebraska’s hire of Riley came as a surprise, but the Idaho native seems to be the right coach at the right time. The Cornhuskers won at least nine games in each of Bo Pelini’s seven seasons, yet never finished higher than 14th in the Associated Press poll or claimed a conference title. That’s the challenge for Riley in 2015 and beyond. Can he elevate Nebraska back into contention for a national title or compete with Ohio State and Michigan for Big Ten championships? Oregon State is a challenging job, yet Riley won 93 games in 14 seasons and guided the Beavers to a winning conference record in six of those years. Another mark in favor of Riley’s hire is his experience in recruiting and finding talent in Texas and California. Also, Riley and his staff did a good job of developing talent while in Corvallis. If Nebraska can’t beat Ohio State or Michigan for five-star recruits, it needs to develop three-star talent into five-star players.

 

Related: Big Ten 2015 Predictions

 

41. Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati

Record at Cincinnati: 18-8 (2 years)

Career Record: 148-86 (19 years)

 

Tuberville is a proven winner at four different stops and is off to a strong start at Cincinnati with an 18-8 mark in two years. The Bearcats claimed a share of the conference title in 2014 and is considered the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference this fall. Prior to taking over at Cincinnati, Tuberville went 20-17 at Texas Tech, 85-40 at Auburn and 25-20 at Ole Miss. In 19 years as a head coach, Tuberville has posted only four losing seasons.

 

Related: American Athletic Conference 2015 Predictions

 

42. Justin Fuente, Memphis

Record at Memphis: 17-20 (3 years)

Career Record: 17-20 (3 years)

 

Fuente is one of the nation’s top rising stars in the head coach ranks. The Oklahoma native worked as an assistant at Illinois State and TCU before replacing Larry Porter at Memphis in 2012. Fuente inherited a program that went 3-21 from 2010-11 and the Tigers showed immediate progress in Year One, finishing with a 4-8 mark in 2012. Memphis finished 3-9 in its debut in the American Athletic Conference but went 10-3 and finished No. 25 in the final Associated Press poll in 2014. With Memphis among the contenders to win the AAC in 2015, Fuente could be pursued by bigger programs this offseason.

 

43. Steve Addazio, Boston College

Record at Boston College: 14-12 (2 years)

Career Record: 27-23 (4 years)

 

Even though he’s won only 14 games in two seasons at Boston College, Addazio is off to an impressive start with the Eagles. In the two years prior to Addazio’s tenure, Boston College went 6-18 and missed out on a bowl appearance in both seasons. But Addazio has made the Eagles a tough out in the ACC once again, and the program is coming off back-to-back bowl appearances. Addazio’s tenure is even more impressive when you consider he was able to mesh his systems with the returning talent in 2013, as well as recruit a graduate transfer (Tyler Murphy) at quarterback with a slightly different approach on offense. With only nine returning starters, Addazio has a tough assignment just getting Boston College back to a bowl in 2015. However, the track record suggests the Eagles will be pushing for a winning record once again. 

 

44. Matt Wells, Utah State

Record at Utah State: 19-9 (2 years)

Career Record: 19-9 (2 years)

 

Despite a few major injuries to key players over the last two seasons, Wells has navigated Utah State to a 19-9 record and a 13-3 mark in conference play in that span. The Aggies played for the 2013 Mountain West title and have back-to-back bowl victories under Wells’ direction. Even though Wells inherited plenty of talent from former coach Gary Andersen, his coaching ability has been on full display with the key injuries this team has been forced to overcome over the last two years.

 

45. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU

Record at BYU: 90-39 (10 years)

Career Record: 90-39 (10 years)

 

Mendenhall has been a consistent winner during his 10 years in Provo and has guided the program into FBS independence after BYU left the Mountain West at the end of the 2010 season. The Cougars finished in the final Associated Press poll in four consecutive years from 2006-09 and won 22 games from 2006-07. BYU went 10-3 in its debut as an independent in 2011 and has finished 8-5 in three consecutive seasons. A challenging schedule awaits the Cougars in 2015, but Mendenhall’s team will be a tough opponent for the four Power 5 teams on their schedule, along with matchups against Boise State and Utah State. 

 

46. Steve Sarkisian, USC

Record at USC: 9-4 (1 year)

Career Record: 43-33 (6 years)

 

By this time next year, Sarkisian could rank higher on this list – if USC ends up winning the Pac-12 as the early odds for 2015 suggest. Sarkisian’s first year with the Trojans had its share of ups and downs. USC beat Stanford 13-10 in Week 2 but lost 37-31 at Boston College the following Saturday. The Trojans lost on the last play of the game to Arizona State and in the final seconds to Utah. With better depth due to the end of NCAA scholarship sanctions, USC should have the manpower needed to close the door in tight games. Prior to taking over at USC, Sarkisian went 35-29 at Washington and guided the Huskies to four consecutive bowl games from 2010-13. The challenge for Sarkisian is simple: Get USC back among the nation’s elite and contend for national championships. Is he the right coach to do so?

 

Related: USC's Cody Kessler Ranks as the Pac-12's No. 1 QB for 2015

 

47. Mike Leach, Washington State

Record at Washington State: 12-25 (3 years)

Career Record: 96-68 (13 years)

 

Entering his fourth year in Pullman, Leach is still looking to elevate Washington State into a consistent winner and a bowl team every season. At Texas Tech, Leach guided the Red Raiders to an 84-43 record in 10 years and never finished a season with fewer than seven victories. But winning at a high level has been much tougher at Washington State. The Cougars are 12-25 over the last three years, and a 6-7 team from 2013 is bookended by 3-9 records in '12 and '14. Offense is Leach’s specialty, and Washington State has ranked in the top 10 nationally of passing offense from 2012-14. But fixing the defense has to be a priority after allowing at least 36 points in Pac-12 games in each of the last three years.

 

48. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Record at West Virginia: 28-23 (4 years)

Career Record: 28-23 (4 years)

 

Under Holgorsen’s direction over the last four years, West Virginia has made the successful transition from the Big East to the Big 12. The Mountaineers won the Big East title in Holgorsen’s first season and finished 7-6 in their Big 12 debut in 2012. After stumbling to a 4-8 record in 2013, West Virginia rebounded with a 7-6 record in 2014 and claimed its first winning mark in conference play since joining the Big 12. And with 15 starters back for 2015, West Virginia should have a good chance to improve on last year’s record. Holgorsen is a highly regarded offensive mind and is settling into his role as the head coach. With Holgorsen stabilizing the program and competing in the Big 12, the future looks bright in Morgantown. 

 

49. Craig Bohl, Wyoming

Record at Wyoming: 4-8 (1 year)

Career Record: 108-40 (12 years)

 

Bohl’s first season at Wyoming resulted in a 4-8 mark, but that record wasn’t unexpected. Most anticipated 2014 and ‘15 would be rebuilding years for the Cowboys, but Bohl’s team should show progress throughout the course of the upcoming season. In 11 years at North Dakota State, Bohl went 104-32 and claimed three consecutive FCS national championships from 2011-13. Give Bohl a couple of years and Wyoming will be a consistent winner in the Mountain West.

 

50. Bryan Harsin, Boise State

Record at Boise State: 12-2 (1 year)

Career Record: 19-7 (2 years)

 

Harsin is a coach on the rise entering the 2015 season. After a 7-5 mark in 2013 as Arkansas State’s head coach, Harsin left Jonesboro to replace Chris Petersen at Boise State. The former Bronco quarterback went 12-2 in his debut and guided the program to a win in the Fiesta Bowl. Expect Harsin to climb higher in these rankings over the next few years.

 

51. Sonny Dykes, California

Record at California: 6-18 (2 years)

Career Record: 28-33 (5 years)

 

The depth of the Pac-12’s coaching prowess is on full display when Sonny Dykes ranks as the No. 11 coach on this list. After a successful 22-15 stint at Louisiana Tech from 2010-12, Dykes is 6-18 in two seasons at California. The Golden Bears went 1-11 in 2013, but showed marked improvement last fall. California finished 5-7 overall and lost four games by eight points or less. Dykes has this program trending in the right direction, and the offense should be among the nation’s best in 2015. If Dykes can solve the defensive woes, California will make a bowl game this year.

 

Related: California's Jared Goff Ranks as the Pac-12's No. 2 QB for 2015

 

52. George O’Leary, UCF

Record at UCF: 81-60 (11 years)

Career Record: 133-93 (18 years)

 

The Knights have averaged 10.3 wins over the last three years, and O’Leary has led UCF to four double-digit win seasons since taking over the program in 2004. The Knights also have three consecutive bowl appearances and finished No. 10 nationally in the final 2013 Associated Press poll. Prior to UCF, O’Leary coached at Georgia Tech (1994-01) and led the Yellow Jackets to a 52-33 mark in eight years.

 

53. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy

Record at Navy: 57-35 (7 years)

Career Record: 57-35 (7 years)

 

Navy is set to transition to the American Athletic Conference in 2015, and Niumatalolo is the right coach to guide this program into a new era. The Midshipmen are 57-35 under Niumatalolo’s direction, including six seasons of at least eight wins in the last seven years. Navy also has a bowl appearance in six of Niumatalolo’s seasons, and the 10-win campaign in 2009 was only the third year of double-digit wins in program history.

 

54. Jim McElwain, Florida

Record at Florida: First Year

Career Record: 22-16 (3 years)

 

After three seasons at Colorado State, McElwain was tapped as the replacement for Will Muschamp at Florida. Although Muschamp guided the Gators to an 11-2 mark in 2012, this program underachieved over the last four years with a 29-21 record. McElwain seems like the right coach to get the program back on track after a 22-16 record with the Rams, as well as a previous stint as an offensive coordinator under Nick Saban at Alabama from 2008-11. Colorado State improved its win total in each of McElwain’s three years, including a 10-win mark in 2014. Prior to calling the plays at Alabama, McElwain made stops as an assistant at Fresno State, Michigan State, Louisville and in the NFL with the Raiders. His offensive background will pay dividends for a program that has struggled mightily on that side of the ball in recent years.

 

55. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

Record at Iowa: 115-85 (16 years)

Career Record: 127-106 (19 years)

 

Ferentz enters 2015 as the nation’s third-longest tenured coach. Over the last 16 seasons, Ferentz’s tenure with the Hawkeyes has experienced its share of ups and downs. And entering 2015, it’s fair to wonder where this program is headed after a 9-7 mark in Big Ten play over the last two years. Iowa has won 10 games at least four times under Ferentz but has not finished better than 8-5 since 2010. Maintaining success at a program for a long period isn’t easy, and as the nation’s ninth highest-paid coach in 2014, Ferentz is drawing plenty of criticism from the Iowa fanbase. In Athlon’s recent expert poll, Iowa tied with Maryland as the No. 7 coaching job in the Big Ten. This program has its share of challenges (in-state talent in recruiting), but there's really no reason why the Hawkeyes can't contend for the Big Ten West Division title each year.

 

56. Randy Edsall, Maryland

Record at Maryland: 20-30 (4 years)

Career Record: 94-100 (16 years)

 

Edsall’s tenure at Maryland got off to a rocky start with a 2-10 record in 2011. But since that two-win campaign, the Terrapins are 18-20 over the last three seasons and finished their first year in the Big Ten with a 7-6 record and a 4-4 mark in conference play. Prior to Maryland, Edsall went 74-70 at UConn, guiding the Huskies to the Fiesta Bowl and a share of the Big East title in 2010. After earning back-to-back bowl appearances, Edsall’s next challenge is to elevate Maryland into the Big Ten East Division’s top tier, which includes Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State. That’s not an easy task, but with the talent available in the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area, Edsall should be able to keep some of those players at home. This fall looks like a rebuilding season for Maryland, but Edsall should have this team in contention for a bowl.

 

57. Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern

Record at Georgia Southern: 9-3 (1 year)

Career Record: 185-70-1 (21 years)

 

Fritz was one of the top coaching hires from 2014, as he guided Georgia Southern to a 9-3 record and a perfect 8-0 mark in Sun Belt play. Adding to the impressive 2014 season was the fact it was Georgia Southern’s debut on the FBS level. Fritz’s success isn’t just limited to Georgia Southern either, as he went 40-14 in four years at Sam Houston State and 97-47 at Central Missouri. 

 

58. Al Golden, Miami

Record at Miami: 28-22 (4 years)

Career Record: 55-56 (9 years)

 

2015 is a critical season for Golden at Miami. The Hurricanes are just 16-16 in four years of ACC play under Golden and 28-22 overall. For a program that has the ability to recruit at a top 10-15 level, a .500 mark in conference games is a troubling sign. Golden did inherit some obstacles when he took over the program, including the Nevin Shapiro scandal and NCAA investigation, which was a cloud hanging over the program for over two years. Prior to taking over at Miami, Golden went 27-34 at Temple, which included a 17-8 record over the final two years (2009-10). With one of the ACC’s top quarterbacks in Brad Kaaya, Miami has the potential to challenge for the Coastal Division title. But potential has been the key word surrounding this program for a few years. It’s time for Golden to deliver.  

 

59. Dave Doeren, NC State

Record at NC State: 11-14 (2 years)

Career Record: 34-18 (4 years)

 

If NC State picks up in 2015 where it left off last season, it’s a safe bet Doeren will rank higher on this list next year. The Wolfpack showed marked improvement in Doeren’s second season, going from a 3-9 and winless team in the ACC in 2013 to an 8-5 squad in 2014. NC State also finished 3-5 in ACC games and won four out of its final five games, including a 35-7 rout over rival North Carolina. Prior to NC State, Doeren went 23-4 at Northern Illinois and guided the Huskies to an appearance in the Orange Bowl in the 2012 season. Recruiting at NC State is on the rise too, as the Wolfpack have signed back-to-back top-35 classes after not finishing higher than 54th from 2011-13.

 

60. Pete Lembo, Ball State

Record at Ball State: 30-20 (4 years)

Career Record: 109-56 (14 years)

 

Ball State went 5-7 in a rebuilding year last season, but it won’t be long before the Cardinals are back in contention for a bowl or the MAC title. Under Lembo’s watch, Ball State is 30-20 and has won 21 of 32 conference matchups over the last four years. Additionally, Lembo guided the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl games from 2012-13. Lembo’s success isn’t limited to just Ball State. He went 35-22 in five years at Elon and 44-14 in five seasons at Lehigh.

 

61. Troy Calhoun, Air Force

Record at Air Force: 59-44 (8 years)

Career Record: 59-44 (8 years)

 

Calhoun is the longest-tenured Mountain West coach at his current job. Over the last eight years, Calhoun has led Air Force to 59 wins and seven bowl appearances. After a 2-10 mark in 2013, the Falcons rebounded with their best season under Calhoun with a 10-3 record in ‘14. 

 

62. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

Record at Colorado: 6-18 (2 years)

Career Record: 22-39 (5 years)

 

MacIntyre didn’t inherit much to work with when he replaced Jon Embree after the 2012 season. The Buffaloes are 6-18 over the last two years and have won only one contest in conference play. While the overall record isn’t pretty, MacIntyre has this program on the right track. Colorado lost four Pac-12 games by five points or less last season, and with an experienced roster returning in 2015, the Buffaloes should show progress in the win column. Prior to Colorado, MacIntyre went 16-21 at San Jose State, including a 15-9 mark over the final two years. MacIntyre should move up this list in the coming seasons.

 

63. Kevin Wilson, Indiana

Record at Indiana: 14-34 (4 years)

Career Record: 14-34 (4 years)

 

Indiana is one of the Big Ten’s toughest jobs, but Wilson has this program moving in the right direction. The Hoosiers won only one game in Wilson’s first year (2011), improved to 4-8 in 2012 and just missed on a bowl game in '13 by finishing 5-7. Bad luck hit Indiana last season, as this program was poised to hit six wins but starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld was lost midway through the year with a shoulder injury. Sudfeld is back in 2015, giving the Hoosiers an opportunity to push for six wins once again. Considering Wilson’s background on offense, along with Indiana’s production on that side of the ball over the last four years, scoring points won’t be a problem. However, the defense has allowed six yards per play in Big Ten games in five consecutive seasons. That must be addressed for this program to move forward.

 

64. Larry Fedora, North Carolina

Record at North Carolina: 21-17 (3 years)

Career Record: 55-36 (7 years)

 

The ongoing NCAA investigation/uncertainty at North Carolina certainly isn’t helping Fedora’s tenure in Chapel Hill. However, the Tar Heels have regressed in wins since posting an 8-4 record in 2012. North Carolina finished 7-6 in 2013 and slipped to 6-7 in 2014. Aside from the regression in the win column, the biggest concern for Fedora has to be fixing a defense that ranked 14th in the ACC in yards per play allowed. The hire of Gene Chizik as the team’s coordinator should address that side of the ball, and North Carolina has one of the league’s most talented offenses in place. Could 2015 be the best year of Fedora’s tenure with the Tar Heels?

 

65. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin

Record at Wisconsin: First Year

Career Record: 19-19 (3 years)

 

Gary Andersen surprisingly departed Wisconsin for Oregon State this offseason, but the Badgers were able to turn to a familiar name in Chryst. After three years as Pittsburgh’s head coach, Chryst is coming back to Madison to guide a program that has won at least 10 games in four out of the last six seasons. In addition to being a Madison native, Chryst played quarterback for the Badgers and served as an assistant with the program in 2002 and again from 2005-11. There’s no denying that Chryst is an excellent fit at Wisconsin. However, he was only 19-19 in three seasons with the Panthers.  

 

Related: Wisconsin RB Corey Clement is a Player on the Rise for 2015

 

66. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest

Record at Wake Forest: 3-9 (1 year)

Career Record: 93-88 (15 years)

 

Prior to taking over at Wake Forest, Clawson was a successful head coach at three previous stops. From 1999-2003, Clawson went 29-29 at Fordham, with 19 of those victories coming in the final two seasons. After five years with the Rams, Clawson went 29-20 with two FCS playoff appearances at Richmond, followed by a 32-30 mark at Bowling Green from 2009-13. Clawson didn’t inherit a loaded roster and finished 3-9 with just one of those wins coming in conference play. However, Clawson seems to have Wake Forest moving in the right direction with a talented, young core in place for 2015 and '16.  

 

67. Rod Carey, Northern Illinois

Record at Northern Illinois: 23-6 (2 years)

Career Record: 23-6 (2 years)

 

Carey has continued to keep Northern Illinois at the top of the MAC in his two years in DeKalb. The Wisconsin native inherited a loaded team from former coach Dave Doeren and guided the Huskies to a 12-2 mark in 2013. Northern Illinois finished 7-1 in conference play last season and claimed the MAC Championship with a blowout 51-17 win over Bowling Green. In two years, Carey has won 23 games and has lost only once in MAC play.

 

68. Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh

Record at Pittsburgh: First Season

Career Record: First Season

 

If we are buying stock in coaches for 2016 and beyond, Narduzzi is on the must-have list. The former Michigan State coordinator is ready to be a head coach after leading one of the nation’s top defenses from 2007-14. The Spartans ranked in the top five nationally for fewest yards per play and points allowed per game from 2011-13. Narduzzi’s defense was a big reason why Michigan State won at least 11 games in four out of the last five years. Pittsburgh is on its fourth coach in six seasons. However, Narduzzi seems like the right coach at the right time for the Panthers. 

 

Related: Grading College Football's New Coaching Hires for 2015

 

69. P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan

Record at Western Michigan: 9-16 (2 years)

Career Record: 9-16 (2 years)

 

Western Michigan showed marked improvement in Fleck’s second season, and the Broncos will be picked near the top of the MAC once again in 2015. After a seven-win jump from 2013 to ‘14, Fleck has proven he is not just an ace recruiter. Western Michigan has recorded the top signing class in back-to-back years and is coming off a solid 8-5 record. The arrow on Fleck and this program is clearly pointing up going into 2015.

 

70. Matt Rhule, Temple

Record at Temple: 8-16 (2 years)

Career Record: 8-16 (2 years)

 

Temple is trending in the right direction entering Rhule’s third season. The Owls went 2-10 in Rhule’s debut (2013), but lost seven games by 10 points or less. Temple took a step forward last year by improving to 6-6 and winning games against Vanderbilt and East Carolina. Prior to taking over as Temple’s head coach, Rhule was an assistant with the New York Giants and worked with the Owls as an assistant from 2006-11. The 2015 version of Rhule’s team should be his best yet.

 

71. Tom Herman, Houston

Record at Houston: First Year

Career Record: First Year

 

After a successful run as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator (2012-14), Herman is ready for his opportunity to run a program. The Ohio native lands at a solid program too, as Houston as the resources to be one of the top contenders in the American Athletic Conference on an annual basis. Prior to the last three years with the Buckeyes, Herman spent time as an offensive coordinator at Iowa State (2009-11), Rice (2007-08) and Texas State (2005-06).

 

72. Chad Morris, SMU

Record at SMU: First Year

Career Record: First Year

 

Morris is regarded as one of the top offensive minds in college football. After a one-year stint as Tulsa’s play-caller in 2010, Morris was hired to coordinate Clemson’s offense and was a key piece of the Tigers’ recent success over the last four years. The Tigers averaged at least 30 points in each of Morris’ four seasons, including back-to-back years of at least 40 points (2012-13). This is Morris’ first opportunity to be a head coach on the collegiate level, but he was a successful high school coach from 1994-2009. As a Texas native and with connections to the high school level, Morris should have no trouble recruiting to SMU. This should be a great hire for the Mustangs. 

 

73. Mark Stoops, Kentucky

Record at Kentucky: 7-17 (2 years)

Career Record: 7-17 (2 years)

 

Kentucky is making progress under Stoops, making the jump from two wins in 2013 to five in '14. The Wildcats also went 2-6 in SEC play last year, equaling the amount of conference victories recorded from 2012-13. Kentucky was close to bowl eligibility in 2014, losing to Florida by six in three overtimes and by four to Louisville in the regular-season finale. The overall talent level and direction of this program have each improved since Stoops took over after the 2012 season. The next challenge is getting Kentucky to the postseason. With 12 starters back, that could happen this fall.

 

74. Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina

Record at East Carolina: 37-27 (5 years)

Career Record: 38-27 (5+ years)

 

McNeill has successfully transitioned East Carolina from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference, and the Pirates will remain a factor in the league despite the departure of quarterback Shane Carden and receiver Justin Hardy. McNeill is a former ECU player, and before taking the head coaching job, he spent one year as an assistant with the program in 1992. McNeill is 37-27 over the last five years in Greenville, with the Pirates winning 26 games over the last three seasons.

 

75. Frank Solich, Ohio

Record at Ohio: 72-56 (10 years)

Career Record: 130-75 (16 years)

 

Solich is the MAC’s longest-tenured coach, entering his 11th season at the helm. Ohio has won at least four games in each of Solich’s 10 years and has played in six bowls. The Bobcats went 10-4 in 2011 and won nine games in ‘12. And entering the 2015 season, Ohio has a streak of six years without a losing overall record.

 

76. Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech

Record at Louisiana Tech: 13-13 (2 years)

Career Record: 101-84 (15 years)

 

Holtz is coaching at his fourth FBS program and eclipsed 100 wins in his career in 2014. After a 16-21 three-year stint at USF, Holtz landed at Louisiana Tech and guided the Bulldogs to a Conference USA West Division title last season. Holtz also has successful stops on his resume from UConn (34 wins) and East Carolina (38 victories).

 

77. Terry Bowden, Akron

Record at Akron: 11-25 (3 years)

Career Record: 151-87-2 (21 years)

 

Improvement has been noticeable for Akron under Bowden’s watch. After a 1-11 mark in 2012, the Zips have recorded back-to-back five-win campaigns. But Akron is still looking to take the next step and reach a bowl. With 10 starters and a few transfers from Power 5 teams, the Zips should have a good chance to reach six wins in 2015. Bowden was successful at previous stops at Auburn and North Alabama. It shouldn’t be much longer before Akron takes a step forward and becomes a consistent bowl team.

 

78. Matt Campbell, Toledo

Record at Toledo: 26-13 (3+ years)

Career Record: 26-13 (3+ years)

 

Campbell is one of college football’s youngest head coaches at 35 years old, and through three full seasons, the former Mount Union defensive lineman has guided Toledo to 26 wins. The Rockets tied for the MAC West title in 2014 but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with Northern Illinois. Campbell is a rising star in the coaching ranks, and with running back Kareem Hunt returning for 2015, Toledo should be among the favorites to win the conference this year.

 

79. David Bailiff, Rice

Record at Rice: 48-53 (8 years)

Career Record: 69-68 (11 years)

 

Bailiff has quietly transformed Rice into a consistent winner during his eight years with the program. The Owls won 25 games and appeared in three consecutive bowl matchups from 2012-14 and are one of the frontrunners to win the West Division in 2015. Rice is not an easy job, but Bailiff has won 48 games over the last eight years and the 2013 Conference USA Championship.

 

80. Doc Holliday, Marshall

Record at Marshall: 40-25 (5 years)

Career Record: 40-25 (5 years)

 

Holliday was known as an ace recruiter when he was hired at Marshall in 2010, but the West Virginia native has proven he’s more than just a Signing Day specialist. The Thundering Herd has won 40 games under Holliday’s watch and has played in back-to-back Conference USA Championship games. Also, Marshall has 23 wins over the last two seasons and finished No. 23 in the final Associated Press poll in 2014.

 

81. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

Record at Texas Tech: 12-13 (2 years)

Career Record: 12-13 (2 years)

 

Kingsbury was one of the nation’s top assistants when he was tapped to replace Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech in 2013. And the Red Raiders started Kingsbury’s tenure on a high note, winning their first seven games and jumping as high as No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. But Texas Tech lost its last five regular season games and used a bowl victory over Arizona State to finish 8-5. 2014 was a step back for Kingsbury, as the Red Raiders slipped to 4-8 and recorded three wins by seven points or less against Central Arkansas, UTEP and Iowa State. There’s no doubt Kingsbury is one of the Big 12’s top offensive minds and will have his unit performing at a high level. However, fixing the defense has to be a priority after allowing 42.8 points in Big 12 games in 2014. Hiring David Gibbs should pay dividends for the defense, which should allow Texas Tech to return to the postseason in 2015.

 

Related: Texas Tech Needs David Gibbs to Reverse Defensive Woes

 

82. Dino Babers, Bowling Green

Record at Bowling Green: 8-6 (1 year)

Career Record: 27-13 (3 years)

 

Babers turned in a solid 8-6 record in his debut at Bowling Green last season. The Falcons managed to overcome the loss of starting quarterback Matt Johnson in the season opener to claim the MAC East title. Babers came to Bowling Green after a 19-7 record in two years at Eastern Illinois. With Johnson back under center, along with a standout core of offensive talent, Babers’ “Falcon Fast” offense should take flight in 2015.

 

83. Rocky Long, San Diego State

Record at San Diego State: 32-20 (4 years)

Career Record: 97-89 (15 years)

 

Long enters his fifth season at San Diego State with 32 wins over the last four years, and the Aztecs begin 2015 as the frontrunner to win the Mountain West’s West Division. Long has led the program to four consecutive bowl appearances, and his success in the Mountain West also extends to his tenure at New Mexico. Long was the head coach in Albuquerque from 1998-2008, during which he won 65 games. Long is a steady winner with a proven track record in the Mountain West.

 

84. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State

Record at Fresno State: 26-14 (3 years)

Career Record: 27-14 (3+ years)

 

DeRuyter enters his fourth season at Fresno State looking to rebound after a 6-8 campaign. In DeRuyter’s first two years, the Bulldogs went 20-6 and claimed at least a share of the Mountain West title in both seasons. The program took a step back in 2014 without quarterback Derek Carr but still managed to win the West Division title with a 5-3 record in conference play. One mark for DeRuyter to improve on in 2015: Getting Fresno State a bowl victory. The Bulldogs are 0-3 in the postseason under DeRuyter and lost each game by at least 20 points.

 

85. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State

Record at Iowa State: 29-46 (6 years)

Career Record: 29-46 (6 years)

 

Iowa State is one of the nation’s toughest Power 5 jobs. The in-state recruiting base is small, the Big 12 slate isn’t easy and you have to be good at developing talent or mining the junior college ranks for quick fixes. As an Iowa native, Rhoads knows all about the challenges of coaching in Ames. He also served as an assistant with the Cyclones in 1995-99. In six years as the program’s head coach, Rhoads is 29-46 overall with three bowl appearances. Iowa State has slipped after earning back-to-back bowl bids in 2011-12 with a 5-19 mark over the last two years. Rhoads is a good coach that can squeeze the most out of his roster. However, after a winless record in Big 12 play, Rhoads needs to get the program back to qualifying for a bowl game.

 

86. Rick Stockstill, MTSU

Record at MTSU: 57-55 (9 years)

Career Record: 57-55 (9 years)

 

Stockstill is the dean of Conference USA coaches. In nine years with MTSU, Stockstill has guided the program to four bowl appearances and has only one losing record in the last four seasons. The Blue Raiders also have a winning mark in C-USA play in each of the last three years. Stockstill’s best season at MTSU took place in 2009, as the Blue Raiders finished 10-3 and claimed a victory in the New Orleans Bowl.

 

87. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion

Record at Old Dominion: 52-20 (6 years)

Career Record: 52-20 (6 years)

 

Wilder has guided Old Dominion from start-up program to a bowl contender in the FBS ranks. The Monarchs restarted football in 2009 and went 17-5 as a FCS independent from 2009-10. Wilder guided ODU to playoff appearances in 2011-12, with a program-best 11-2 record in ‘12. And in the Monarchs’ first season at the FBS level, Old Dominion finished 6-6 and went .500 in C-USA play. Wilder is a coach on the rise and will be a name to remember for coaching searches at Power 5 jobs if the program continues to progress.

 

88. Tim Beckman, Illinois

Record at Illinois: 12-25 (3 years)

Career Record: 33-41 (6 years
 

Beckman enters 2015 facing a make-or-break year at Illinois. The Fighting Illini have showed some improvement in Beckman’s tenure by increasing their win total by two games in each year after a 2-10 mark in 2012. Illinois finished 4-8 in 2013 and improved to 6-7 with a 3-5 mark in Big Ten play in 2014. While improvement has been noticeable in the overall win column, this program is just 4-20 in Big Ten games over the last three years and has not finished higher than fifth in its division. Beckman’s tenure got off to a rough start, but things have stabilized over the last two years. A few more wins this fall would help Beckman ensure a fifth season.

 

89. Kyle Flood, Rutgers

Record at Rutgers: 23-16 (3 years)

Career Record: 23-16 (3 years)

 

Rutgers was one of the Big Ten’s biggest surprises last year. In the Scarlet Knights’ debut in their new conference, Flood guided the program to an 8-5 record and a 3-5 mark in Big Ten play. Rutgers improved late in the season and finished with wins in three out of their last four games, including a 40-21 victory over North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl. The 8-5 record in 2014 was the second winning mark during Flood’s tenure, as he finished 9-4 in his debut (2012) and finished 2013 with a 6-7 mark. Keeping Rutgers in bowl contention in the Big Ten East will be a challenge in 2015. And Flood’s task was made even more difficult when Ralph Friedgen decided not to return to his staff in 2015. Flood was on the hot seat entering 2014, but a solid 8-5 record in the first season of Big Ten play has reduced some of the pressure on him.

 

90. Joey Jones, South Alabama

Record at South Alabama: 37-28 (6 years)

Career Record: 40-35 (7 years)

 

Jones started the South Alabama program from scratch and has guided the Jaguars to five seasons of at least six wins. And South Alabama is trending up after making the program’s first bowl appearance last year. Jones has plenty of roots within the state of Alabama, playing for the Crimson Tide under Bear Bryant and spending time as a high school head coach at Dora and Mountain Brook. The Jaguars return only five starters for 2015, but Jones should keep this team in contention for another bowl.

 

91. Dennis Franchione, Texas State

Record at Texas State: 36-34 (6 years)

Career Record: 210-126-2 (29 years)

 

Texas State has been on the cusp of reaching the program’s first bowl appearance under Franchione. Can the Bobcats take the next step in 2015? Franchione has guided the program to at least six wins in three out of the last four seasons, including a 7-5 mark in 2014. While Franchione has been solid at Texas State, he’s better known for his stops at Alabama (2001-02), Texas A&M (2003-07) and TCU (1998-00). In his 29-year coaching career, Franchione has recorded 210 wins.

 

92. Todd Berry, ULM

Record at ULM: 27-34 (5 years)

Career Record: 56-93 (13 years)

 

ULM is not an easy job, but Berry has been able to transform the Warhawks into a consistent threat for bowl appearances. ULM has won at least four games in each of Berry’s five years and won 14 contests from 2012-13, which included a bowl appearance in ‘12. With a 13-game slate and uncertainty at quarterback, reaching a bowl this season won’t be easy for ULM. However, Berry has a solid defense, and the Warhawks will be a tough out once again in the Sun Belt.

 

93. Mark Whipple, UMass

Record at UMass: 52-35 (7 years)

Career Record: 124-68 (17 years)

 

Whipple returned to UMass after a 10-year absence and guided the Minutemen to a 3-9 record in his debut. While the 3-9 mark might not seem like much, UMass was significantly more competitive than under Charley Molnar and the three wins was more than the program recorded from 2012-13 combined. Whipple has won 52 games in seven years as the head coach at UMass, including a FCS Championship in 1998.With 18 starters returning, the Minutemen could challenge for a bowl in 2015.

 

94. Dan McCarney, North Texas

Record at North Texas: 22-27 (4 years)

Career Record: 78-112 (16 years)

 

McCarney enters his fifth season at North Texas still looking to push the program into consistent C-USA West contender status. The Mean Green has one bowl appearance (2013) under McCarney’s direction, but has three losing seasons as well. McCarney also coached from 1996-2006 at Iowa State, guiding the Cyclones to five bowl appearances over his final seven years in Ames. 

 

95. Larry Coker, UTSA

Record at UTSA: 23-23 (4 years)

Career Record: 83-38 (10 years)

 

UTSA has made the successful transition from FCS to the FBS ranks. Now, Coker has the difficult task of rebuilding a roster that returns just three starters for 2015 and loses several other key contributors. The Roadrunners are 23-23 under Coker’s direction and won 15 games from 2012-13. However, UTSA underachieved at 4-8 last year and won its three games in conference play by seven points or less. Coker has a national championship on his resume from six years at Miami and has been instrumental in getting UTSA’s program off of the ground.

 

96. Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State

Record at Appalachian State: 11-13 (2 years)

Career Record: 11-13 (2 years)

 

Satterfield is a coach on the rise. The former Appalachian State quarterback had the tough assignment of replacing Jerry Moore in 2013, and the Mountaineers went 4-8 in his debut. The program transitioned to the FBS ranks last season, and Satterfield’s team finished with a 7-5 mark, including a 4-4 record in the Sun Belt. With 20 starters returning, Appalachian State should be one of the favorites to win the conference in 2015.

 

97. Sean Kugler, UTEP

Record at UTEP: 9-16 (2 years)

Career Record: 9-16 (2 years)

 

UTEP showed considerable progress in Kugler’s second season after a 2-10 mark in 2013. The Miners finished 7-6 and played in the New Mexico Bowl – the program’s first postseason appearance since 2010. As a former offensive line coach, it’s no surprise Kugler emphasizes the running game and toughness. UTEP should be in the mix for a bowl once again in 2015.

 

98. Jeff Brohm, Western Kentucky

Record at WKU: 8-5 (1 year)

Career Record: 8-5 (1 year)

 

Brohm is a coach that could easily climb this list by the end of the 2015 season. WKU finished 8-5 in Brohm’s debut, which included a thrilling 49-48 victory over Central Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl. Behind prolific quarterback Brandon Doughty, WKU is the frontrunner to win Conference USA in 2015. Judging by Brohm’s first season and what’s to come next year, this program is in good hands for the foreseeable future.

 

99. Willie Taggart, USF

Record at USF: 6-18 (2 years)

Career Record: 22-38 (5 years)

 

Taggart was considered one of the top coaching hires in 2013, but USF is only 6-18 in his first two years. Taggart enters 2015 squarely on the hot seat, and the Florida native hopes a revamped offensive style and staff helps to push the program in the right direction. Taggart has recruited well, so there’s no shortage of talent in place. How quickly will the talent and unproven players mesh with the scheme? Prior to USF, Taggart went 16-20 at Western Kentucky, including a 14-10 mark over the final two years.

 

100. Darrell Hazell, Purdue

Record at Purdue: 4-20 (2 years)

Career Record: 20-30 (4 years)

 

After guiding Kent State to a 16-10 record in two years, including an impressive 11-3 mark in 2012, Hazell appeared to be the right coach for Purdue. After two years with the Boilermakers, however, it's apparent that there’s still a lot of work ahead for Hazell. Purdue is only 4-20 over the last two seasons and has won only one game in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers had two losses in conference play by seven points or less, but lost three out of their last four games by 15 points or more. Hazell has made small gains through his first two years. However, plenty of work remains going into 2015, and Hazell needs to show progress in year three.

 

101. Lance Leipold, Buffalo

Record at Buffalo: First Year

Career Record: 109-6 (8 years)

 

Leipold was one of the top coaching hires this offseason, as he heads to Buffalo after eight successful years at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks won 109 games and six national championships under Leipold’s watch. The Bulls could be a dark horse to contend in the MAC East this year, as Leipold inherits a talented offense (his specialty) and senior quarterback Joe Licata.

 

102. Mike London, Virginia

Record at Virginia: 23-38 (5 years)

Career Record: 47-43 (7 years)

 

London entered 2014 on the hot seat but managed to earn another season in Charlottesville after the Cavaliers finished 5-7 and lost five games by eight points or less. London enters 2015 in the same situation, as his contact expires at the end of 2016 and there’s pressure to get Virginia back into a bowl game after three consecutive losing seasons. Recruiting has been a strength for London and his staff, with the Cavaliers averaging a 31.8 finish nationally since 2011. The 31.8 mark ranks No. 6 among ACC teams, ahead of three other Coastal Division teams in Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Duke. But despite the success on the recruiting trail, Virginia has won only five games in ACC play over the last three seasons. 2015 is a make-or-break year for London.

 

103. Scott Shafer, Syracuse

Record at Syracuse: 10-15 (2 years)

Career Record: 10-15 (2 years)

 

Shafer went 7-6 in his first season at Syracuse (2013), but the Orange regressed to 3-9 last season. The four-win decline had a lot to do with injuries to key players, including quarterback Terrel Hunt. Improving the offense has to be a priority for Shafer and coordinator Tim Lester, especially since the Orange managed only 24 points in their final three games. Prior to Shafer’s promotion to head coach, he worked as a defensive coordinator with the Orange from 2009-12. Additionally, he made stops as an assistant at Michigan, Stanford, Western Michigan, Illinois and Northern Illinois. Syracuse seemed to be trending in the right direction after 2013. But after a three-win campaign last year, can Shafer get the program back into contention for a bowl? With a new athletic director coming, the pressure is on Shafer to produce.

 

104. Mike Bobo, Colorado State

Record at Colorado State: First Year

Career Record: First Year

 

Bobo has spent most of his life in the state of Georgia, so moving to Colorado will be a definite change of scenery for the former SEC quarterback. After spending 1993-97 under center for the Bulldogs, Bobo worked as a coach with the program from 1998-99 and again from 2001-14. Bobo was promoted to call the plays for Georgia in 2007 and coordinated an offense that led the SEC last season by averaging 41.3 points per game. Bobo has never been a college head coach. However, this seems like a good hire for a program like Colorado State.

 

105. Blake Anderson, Arkansas State

Record at Arkansas State: 7-6 (1 year)

Career Record: 7-6 (1 year)

 

The arrow on Anderson’s coaching career is pointing up. Arkansas State went 7-6 in Anderson’s debut, but the Red Wolves are among the favorites to win the Sun Belt in 2015. Prior to taking the job in Jonesboro, Anderson was an assistant at North Carolina, Southern Miss, UL Lafayette, MTSU and New Mexico. Last year, Anderson represented the fifth coach at Arkansas State in five years, and the stability of the coaching staff for 2015 should pay dividends.

 

106. Curtis Johnson, Tulane

Record at Tulane: 12-25 (3 years)

Career Record: 12-25 (3 years)

 

As a New Orleans native and former assistant with the Saints, Johnson is familiar with Tulane and what it takes to win in the Big Easy. The job is a challenging one, but an on-campus stadium should help Johnson recruit and rebuild this program. The Green Wave went 2-10 in Johnson’s first year (2012) but rebounded into the postseason with a 7-6 mark in 2013. Tulane finished 3-9 in 2014, and there’s hope for a turnaround in 2015 with 13 returning starters.  

 

107. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
Record at Vanderbilt: 
3-9 (1 year)
Career Record: 3-9 (1 year)

 

James Franklin left big shoes to fill in Nashville after leading the Commodores to three consecutive bowl appearances. While repeating that success in the first year was going to be tough for Mason, Vanderbilt slipped to 3-9 and went winless in SEC play for the first time since 2009. The Commodores also lost four conference games by 20 or more points, and two of their three wins came by less than three points. Mason plans on taking over the defensive play-calling duties in 2015 and a staff overhaul should help the offense improve after averaging only 12.8 points per game in SEC contests. Mason had plenty of success as a coordinator at Stanford. Will the Commodores show big improvement in year two?

 

108. Brian Polian, Nevada

Record at Nevada: 11-14 (2 years)

Career Record: 11-14 (2 years)

 

Nevada made steady progress in Polian’s second year. After a 4-8 record in his 2013 debut, the Wolf Pack finished 7-6 and 4-4 in conference play last season. Nevada also returned to the postseason after a one-year absence with a trip to the New Orleans Bowl, defeated one Power 5 opponent (Washington State), while losing by just seven points to another (Arizona). Polian has Nevada moving in the right direction. However, improving on the win total in 2015 could be difficult without quarterback Cody Fajardo. 

 

109. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio)

Record at Miami (Ohio): 2-10 (1 year)

Career Record: 76-17 (7 years)

 

Miami (Ohio) won only two games in Martin’s first season, but the RedHawks were more competitive and there’s a promising outlook for this program headed into 2015. The former Notre Dame assistant took over in Oxford after spending four years under Brian Kelly at Notre Dame and worked from 2004-09 as the head coach at Grand Valley State. The Lakers went 74-7 with two Division II championships under Martin’s watch. It may take another year or two for Miami to get back to a bowl, but Martin has this program trending in the right direction.

 

110. Jeff Monken, Army West Point

Record at Army: 4-8 (1 year)

Career Record: 42-24 (5 years)

 

Army West Point is one of college football’s toughest coaching jobs, and Monken has plenty of work to do with just six returning starters in 2015. The Black Knights went 4-8 in Monken’s debut last season but also suffered a surprising 49-43 loss at Yale in late September. Prior to the 2014 season at Army, Monken went 38-16 in four years at Georgia Southern. Monken is a good fit at West Point, but he needs more time to rebuild a program that has only one winning record since 1997.

 

111. Bob Davie, New Mexico

Record at New Mexico: 11-26 (3 years)

Career Record: 46-51 (8 years)

 

Davie inherited a major rebuilding project in 2012, and the Lobos have made noticeable improvement over the last three years. New Mexico is only 11-26 under Davie’s watch, but the Lobos just missed on a bowl last year after losing three games by seven points or less. With 11 returning starters and more overall depth in the program, 2015 will be a critical year for Davie and the Lobos.

 

112. Bob Diaco, UConn

Record at UConn: 2-10 (1 year)

Career Record: 2-10 (1 year)

 

Diaco was regarded as one of the nation’s rising stars in the assistant ranks after coordinating Notre Dame’s defense from 2010-13. Under Diaco’s watch, the Fighting Irish finished No. 2 nationally in scoring defense in 2012. But Diaco’s first year guiding the UConn program was a struggle, as the Huskies finished 2-10 and lost the final four games of 2014.

 

113. Todd Monken, Southern Miss

Record at Southern Miss: 4-20 (2 years)

Career Record: 4-20 (2 years)

 

Southern Miss has fallen on hard times recently, as the Golden Eagles were once one of the annual contenders in Conference USA but has failed to record a winning record since 2011. Monken has a tough job and needs a few years to rebuild the talent and overall depth of the roster. Southern Miss did improve its win total by two games in Monken’s second year. The Golden Eagles are on the right path. 

 

114. Trent Miles, Georgia State

Record at Georgia State: 1-23 (2 years)

Career Record: 21-59 (7 years)

 

Georgia State is struggling to put all of the pieces together since reaching the FBS level, and Miles is just 1-23 with the Panthers over the last two years. But prior to Georgia State, Miles turned around Indiana State’s struggling program, guiding the Sycamores to three winning records from 2010-12. There’s a lot of work ahead for Miles in Atlanta.

 

115. Neal Brown, Troy

Record at Troy: First Year

Career Record: First Year

 

Brown is one of the nation’s youngest head coaches (35) and has the tough assignment of following Larry Blakeney after the long-time coach retired at the end of last season. Brown is known for his offensive background and has stops as an assistant in his career at Texas Tech and Kentucky. Brown previously worked at Troy as an assistant from 2006-09. The Kentucky native is unproven, but he should be a good hire for the Trojans.

 

116. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa

Record at Tulsa: First Year

Career Record: First Year

 

Montgomery is tasked with turning around a Tulsa program that slipped to a 5-19 record in the final two years under Bill Blankenship. Montgomery has never been a head coach on the collegiate level, but he worked under Art Briles at Baylor from 2006-14 and Houston from 2003-05. Montgomery’s background on offense should be a good fit for Tulsa.

 

117. Ron Caragher, San Jose State

Record at San Jose State: 9-15 (2 years)

Career Record: 53-37 (8 years)

 

Caragher had the tough assignment of following Mike MacIntyre, who left for Colorado at the end of the 2012 season. And after two years with the program, Caragher is starting to feel a little heat. The Spartans finished just 6-6 in 2013 with standout quarterback David Fales at the helm and slipped to 3-9 last season. There is optimism at San Jose State in 2015, as the program returns 12 starters and inked one of the Mountain West’s top signing classes this year.

 

118. David Beaty, Kansas

Record at Kansas: First Year

Career Record: First Year

 

Beaty is a former Kansas assistant and comes to Lawrence after a three-year stint at Texas A&M. He has never been a head coach, but the Jayhawks hope his recruiting ties to Texas and previous experience at Kansas help to turn around a program that has not won more than three games in each of the last five years. Beaty retained last year’s interim coach Clint Bowen but isn’t inheriting much to work with going into 2015 and just getting to three or four wins would be a good year for the Jayhawks. With a lack of head coaching experience and only two years as a coordinator on the collegiate level, Beaty is still largely an unknown.

 

119. Paul Haynes, Kent State

Record at Kent State: 6-17 (2 years)

Career Record: 6-17 (2 years)

 

Haynes is a Kent State alumnus and came to the program after working as an assistant at Ohio State and Arkansas. However, the Ohio native has struggled in his two years as Kent State’s head coach. The Golden Flashes are just 6-17 during that span and finished 2-9 last year. With the addition of Don Treadwell as the team’s offensive play-caller, Haynes hopes to jumpstart an offense that averaged only 16.4 points per game last season. The seat is starting to warm just a bit for Haynes as he enters Year 3.

 

120. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan

Record at Eastern Michigan: 2-10 (1 year)

Career Record: 142-56 (18 years)

 

Eastern Michigan might be the toughest place to coach in the FBS ranks. Needless to say, Creighton has a tough assignment ahead, as EMU has not recorded a winning season since 1995. The Eagles went 2-10 in Creighton’s debut but has a more manageable schedule to show improvement in 2015. Prior to taking over in Ypsilanti, Creighton went 42-22 at Drake, 63-15 at Wabash and 32-9 at Ottawa.

 

121. Doug Martin, New Mexico State

Record at New Mexico State: 4-20 (2 years)

Career Record: 33-73 (9 years)

 

Similar to Idaho’s Paul Petrino, Martin walked into a difficult job and needs more time to be evaluated. Martin is just 4-20 through two years with the Aggies, and he went 29-53 in seven seasons as Kent State’s coach from 2004-10.

 

122. Paul Petrino, Idaho

Record at Idaho: 2-21 (2 years)

Career Record: 2-21 (2 years)

 

Idaho is a tough job, and Petrino took over in Moscow with some uncertainty about the program’s conference home. The Vandals landed in the Sun Belt and struggled in their return to the conference (1-10 in 2014). Petrino inherited a rebuilding project, and through two seasons, there’s still plenty of work to do.

 

123. Ron Turner, FIU

Record at FIU: 5-19 (2 years)

Career Record: 47-80 (11 years)

 

FIU showed small signs of life in Turner’s second season. After a 1-11 record in 2013, the Panthers finished 4-8 in 2014 and defeated rival FAU 38-10. Turner was a curious hire for this program, and there’s still plenty for this coaching staff to prove in 2015. However, there’s a good core of young talent in place and one of the conference’s best defenses for Turner to build around.

 

124. Charlie Partridge, FAU

Record at FAU: 3-9 (1 year)

Career Record: 3-9 (1 year)

 

Partridge is known for his recruiting ability, so it’s no surprise FAU reeled in the No. 2 signing class in Conference USA from 2015. However, the Owls went 3-9 in Partridge’s first season and won only two games in conference play. With 11 returning starters and standout quarterback Jaquez Johnson back in the mix, Partridge has a good opportunity to take this program a step forward in 2015.

 

125. Norm Chow, Hawaii

Record at Hawaii: 8-29 (3 years)

Career Record: 8-29 (3 years)

 

After winning just eight games in three years, there’s a ton of pressure on Chow to push Hawaii up in the Mountain West standings in 2015. The Rainbow Warriors have failed to win more than four games in a season under Chow’s watch, but are coming off their best showing in Mountain West play (3-5). With 12 returning starters and USC transfer Max Wittek at quarterback, Chow has plenty of reasons to expect improvement. However, if Hawaii finishes its fourth consecutive year with at least nine losses, Chow will have a tough time making a case to return in 2016.

 

126. Tony Sanchez, UNLV

Record at UNLV: First Year

Career Record: First Year

 

Hiring a head coach from the high school ranks is a risky move, but Sanchez is worth the gamble for UNLV. The Rebels have only two seasons of more than five wins since 2001 and have four years of double-digit losses over the last five seasons. Sanchez has only one year of collegiate coaching experience (1996 at New Mexico State), but the California native was one of the nation’s top high school coaches, going 85-5 at Las Vegas prep powerhouse Bishop Gorman from 2009-14. Sure, Sanchez is unproven and risky. But there’s also something to like about UNLV thinking outside of the box for this hire. 

 

127. Brad Lambert, Charlotte

Record at Charlotte: 10-12 (2 years)

Career Record: 10-12 (2 years)

 

Lambert has a difficult assignment for the next few years. The former Wake Forest defensive coordinator is trying to follow the path of fellow C-USA members UTSA and Old Dominion in transitioning from the FCS level to the FBS ranks. The 49ers are 10-12 since starting their football program, but have yet to beat a team from the FBS level.

 

128. John Bonamego, Central Michigan

Record at Central Michigan: First Year

Career Record: First Year

 

Bonamego takes over at Central Michigan after Dan Enos left to be the offensive coordinator at Arkansas. Bonamego is no stranger to Central Michigan, as he played quarterback and wide receiver for the Chippewas. While the familiarity is important, Bonamego has never been a head coach, let alone an offensive or defensive coordinator at the FBS level. Bonamego was the Detroit Lions’ special teams coordinator when he was hired to replace Enos and previously worked with the Jaguars, Saints, Packers and Dolphins in a similar role.

Teaser:
Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2015
Post date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 09:30
Path: /college-football/bad-quarterbacks-big-ten-west-championships
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Traditionally, the Big Ten has had excellent quarterback play.

 

Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer, Kyle Orton and Drew Stanton all threw for at least 1,700 yards in the NFL last season.

 

With Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg and the Ohio State triumvirate, the Big Ten’s passing game is in good hands again in 2015.

 

In the East Division, at least. Out West? Not so much.

 

Despite six returning starters, the West Division of the Big Ten could be the worst collection of quarterbacks in the country this fall.

 

And it could cost this division any hope at a Playoff berth or Big Ten championship.

 

The seven projected starters in the Big Ten West combined for 71 touchdown passes and 46 interceptions last year, and the six returning starters averaged less than 1,600 yards passing. This division completed just 54.9 percent of their passes in 2014 (767-for-1397). (To be fair, the seven projected starters did run for 22 rushing touchdowns last fall.)

 

Just for reference purposes only, Marcus Mariota scored 57 total touchdowns, threw four interceptions, completed 68.3 percent of his passes and totaled 5,224 yards of offense. Only one returning B1G West quarterback completed more than 56.5 percent of his passes, only one topped 2,000 yards passing, only one threw for at least 20 touchdowns and only one topped 3,000 yards of total offense.

 

Related: 2015 Big Ten Football Preview and Predictions

 

Is it fair to compare Joel Stave to a Heisman Trophy winner? Of course not. But to compete with the heavyweights from the East Division and push for a Big Ten title, someone in the West has to develop into more than just a mediocre quarterback.

 

Illinois’ Wes Lunt is probably the most gifted passer of the bunch and clearly produced the most last fall when on the field. He missed five full games but led the division at 220.4 yards per game. His 14:3 TD:INT ratio was also the best in the division as well, making him the best pure quarterback in the B1G West.

 

Unfortunately, he’s stuck in Champaign-Urbana without star receiver Mike Dudek.

 

As far as conference contenders go, Wisconsin and Nebraska don’t normally ask their quarterbacks to produce in a big way through the air. These programs have won a bunch of games on the back of a run-first identity. However, new head coaches Mike Riley and Paul Chryst are noted quarterback gurus who like to run pro-style offenses.

 

Does Tommy Armstrong fit Riley’s system? Can Stave be accurate enough to win the division? These are legitimate questions that are keeping the Huskers and Badgers from being mentioned as conference contenders this summer.


Armstrong’s experience and athletic ability likely gives him a chance at his best season and, with improved play, could make the Big Red the best team in the division. He's the division's returning total offense leader by a wide margin (3,400 yards), but is he good enough to master Riley’s complicated, pocket-oriented passing game and compete with the Ohio States of the world?

 

What about Minnesota’s Mitch Leidner or Iowa’s C.J. Beathard?

 

Both have some experience and both forced more touted individuals to transfer out of their respective programs. Both also enter summer camp surrounded by questions.

 

Related: Order one of 10 different 2015 Big Ten preview magazines here!


Leidner was a gamer last year, leading his team to some big wins over Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska. But he is wildly inaccurate and more of an athlete than a passer. Beathard has a big arm and Kirk Ferentz hopes his offense will be more dynamic with him under center. But he has one career start and has been banged up during his time on campus.

 

Both Minnesota and Iowa are good enough to challenge for the division but not without improved and consistent quarterback play.

 

That leaves Northwestern and Purdue. Both quarterback situations are complicated at best and concerning at worst. Austin Appleby is likely to win the job for the Boilermakers after stealing the gig from Danny Etling a year ago. He completed just 52.9 percent of his passes and threw more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (10) and will have to hold off Etling this summer.

 

Sophomore Matt Alviti is the favorite to land the Wildcats' starting role in Evanston. He isn’t the thrower that big-bodied senior Zack Oliver is but is a much better athlete and commands the huddle well. Pat Fitzgerald has had a remarkable run of quarterbacks but, generally, they’ve had the ability to make things happen with their legs. This favors Alviti.

 

Needless to say, this isn’t a star-studded collection of quarterbacks. The Big Ten West has some great coaches and some great programs. But this division won’t be able to compete with the East Division much less the rest of the nation if it doesn’t do something about its signal-callers.


 

Proj. Big Ten West starting QBs '14 stats:
 
QBYearSchoolPass YdsTDINTComp. %Rush YdsTD
Wes LuntJr.1,76314363.4-800
C.J. BeathardJr.6455256.51560
Mitch LeidnerJr.1,79811851.545210
Tommy ArmstrongJr.2,695221253.37056
Matt AlvitiSo.00050.011
Austin ApplebyJr.1,149101152.91985
Joel StaveSr.1,35091053.4-700

 

Teaser:
Big Ten isn't "back" until West Division finds quality quarterback play
Post date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 09:00
All taxonomy terms: NBA, Overtime
Path: /nba/ohio-state-sends-cavaliers-good-luck-instagram-buckeyes-lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers
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The Cavaliers need everyone to be #AllinCLE if they are going to beat the Warriors. With the series tied 1-1, everyone is getting behind LeBron James & Co.

 

The Buckeyes sent a special video to show they are behind the Cavaliers and #ALLinOhio. The series shifts back to Cleveland and like caption says, "there's no place like home."

 

 

Will James follow in the Buckeyes' footsteps and bring another championship to Ohio?

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 16:39
Path: /mlb/best-picks-50-years-mlb-draft
Body:

With the MLB Draft this week, it’s fun to look back at the some of the best picks over the past 50 years of the draft. Here’s the best selection at each of the first 40 positions in the draft.

 

1 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle, 1987

Certainly there are numerous No. 1 overall selections worthy of being named the best. But I’ll take Griffey over Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez and David Price.

Best of the 2000s: David Price, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 2007

 

2 Reggie Jackson, Kansas City Athletics, 1966

The struggling A’s were more than happy to hear the Mets call Steve Chilcott’s name to begin the second draft in history.

Best of the 2000s: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers, 2004

 

3 Robin Yount, Milwaukee, 1973

The Hall of Famer edges out long-time teammate and fellow Hall member Paul Molitor, who was taken third four years later.

Best of the 2000s: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 2006

 

4 Dave Winfield, San Diego, 1973

The big outfielder was drafted in the NFL and both the ABA and NBA.

Best of the 2000s: Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals, 2005

 

5 Dale Murphy, Atlanta, 1974

Tough call over Dwight Gooden and Buster Posey. The Giants’ catcher will likely earn this spot in a few years, but if his career ended today, he would fall short.

Best of the 2000s: Buster Posey, San Francisco, 2008

 

6 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees, 1992

Clearly, this presents the classic argument of best performance on the field vs. the most significant impact on the game. Barry Bonds was an awfully good player, but was never as revered or considered the “face of the game” as Jeter was.

Best of the 2000s: Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals, 2002

 

7 Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox, 1989

Clayton Kershaw is not in the Hall of Fame yet, so this goes to the big tight end from Auburn, who quickly became the Big Hurt and a Big Star in Chicago.

Best of the 2000s: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2006

 

8 Todd Helton, Colorado, 1995

The greatest player in Colorado history once started at quarterback at the University of Tennessee with Peyton Manning on the bench.

Best of the 2000s: Mike Leake, Cincinnati, 2009

 

9 Kevin Appier, Kansas City Royals, 1987

Appier has four more wins and six fewer losses than Barry Zito.

Best of the 2000s: Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets, 2009

 

10 Ted Simmons, St. Louis, 1967

I’ll take Simmons’ complete game over Mark McGwire’s power.

Best of the 2000s: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco, 2007

 

11 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 2005

I’m taking the Pirates’ center fielder over Greg Luzinski and Max Scherzer.

Best of the 2000s: Max Scherzer, Arizona, 2006

 

12 Kirk Gibson, Detroit, 1978

The All-America wide receiver from Michigan State delivered one of the most dramatic home runs in history in the 1988 World Series—but not for the team that drafted him.

Best of the 2000s: Jered Weaver, Anaheim Angels, 2004

 

13 Paul Konerko, L.A. Dodgers, 1994

Konerko hit just four of his 439 career home runs for the team that drafted him. Manny Ramirez was a nice pick by the Indians at this spot as well.

Best of the 2000s: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox, 2010

 

14 Jason Varitek, Seattle, 1994

After making this terrific pick, the Mariners dealt Varitek AND Derek Lowe to the Red Sox for Heathcliff Slocumb.

Best of the 2000s: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves, 2007

 

15 Jim Rice, Boston, 1971

Condredge Holloway, Roger Quiroga, Ed Kurpiel and David Sloan were among the 14 players chosen before Rice in 1971. The Hall of Famer spent his entire career with Boston, winning an MVP trophy in 1978.

Best of the 2000s: Chase Utley, Philadelphia, 2000

 

16 Lance Berkman, Houston, 1997

Berkman joined Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell as a full-time member of the Killer Bs in 2000.

Best of the 2000s: Nick Swisher, Oakland A’s, 2002

 

17 Roy Halladay, Toronto, 1995

Doc Halladay is second in wins, strikeouts and shutouts on the Blue Jays’ career lists.

Best of the 2000s: Cole Hamels, Philadelphia, 2002

 

18 Willie Wilson, Kansas City, 1974

Wilson played center field and batted leadoff for the Royals’ AL pennant winners in 1980 and ’85.

Best of the 2000s: Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s, 2011

 

19 Roger Clemens, Boston, 1983

As great as Clemens was for the Red Sox, he couldn’t reverse the curse in Boston.

Best of the 2000s: Shelby Miller, St. Louis, 2009

 

20 Mike Mussina, Baltimore, 1990

Mussina should be in the Hall of Fame one day, and could easily be joined there by Torii Hunter, drafted at No. 20 by the Twins in 1993.

Best of the 2000s: Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota, 2004

 

21 Rick Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1974

The Dodgers figured this whole scouting and drafting thing pretty quickly with several solid picks over the first 10 years of the draft.

Best of the 2000s: Ian Kennedy, New York Yankees, 2006

 

22 Craig Biggio, Houston, 1987

With more than 3,000 hits and All-Star starts at both catcher and second base, Biggio is second to no one here, not even Rafael Palmeiro and his 3,000 hits and nearly 600 homers.

Best of the 2000s: Kolten Wong, St. Louis, 2011

 

23 Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston, 2005

Billy Beane was selected at No. 23 by the Mets in 1980. But his playing career didn’t measure up to Ellsbury’s.

Best of the 2000s: Phil Hughes, New York Yankees, 2004

 

24 Terry Mulholland, San Francisco, 1984

The left-handed Mulholland gets the nod due to longevity and lock of competition. Toronto manager John Gibbons was selected with the pick right after Beane.

Best of the 2000s: Randal Grichuk, Los Angeles Angels, 2009

 

25 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels, 2009

I know that if Trout’s career ended today, he would not likely measure up well to Bill Buckner. But I’m going with Trout anyway.

Best of the 2000s: Matt Cain, San Francisco, 2002

 

26 Alan Trammell, Detroit, 1976

Many experts believe the talented shortstop should be in the Hall of Fame. I’m not one of them, but I don believe he is the best player of guys drafted at No. 26.

Best of the 2000s: Blake Swihart, Boston, 2011

 

27 Vida Blue, Kansas City Athletics, 1967

The left-handed pitcher was named American League MVP in 1971, the year before his A’s reeled off three straight World Series titles.

Best of the 2000s: Rick Porcello, Detroit, 2007

 

28 Lee Smith, Chicago Cubs, 1975

When Smith, a former collegiate basketball player, lumbered out to the mound, it was usually lights out for opponents. He is one of only three pitchers with more than 450 saves.

Best of the 2000s: Colby Rasmus, St. Louis, 2005

 

29 George Brett, Kansas City Royals, 1971

The Hall of Famer remains the face of the Kansas City Royals franchise. Brett won batting titles in three different decades and played in two World Series, winning one.

Best of the 2000s: Adam Wainwright, Atlanta, 2000

 

30 Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia, 1971

This Hall of Fame third baseman was taken one pick behind Brett in 1971. The two were their respective leagues’ best third basemen throughout the 1970s and ’80s.

Best of the 2000s: Noah Lowry, San Francisco, 2001

 

31 Greg Maddux, Chicago Cubs, 1984

It’s too bad the Cubs couldn’t hang on to Maddux through his free agency in the early 1990s.

Best of the 2000s: J.P. Howell, Kansas City Royals, 2004

 

32 Lee Lacy, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1969

A lean group features Dave Valle, Dave Magadan and Jon Farrell. See why I chose Lacy?

Best of the 2000s: Jake Odorizzi, Milwaukee, 2008

 

33 Milt Wilcox, Cincinnati, 1968

I’ll take Wilcox since he has four more wins (119) than Dave Burba. Although, Mike Gallego has the highest WAR (17.1) from this slot.

Best of the 2000s: Jeff Mathis, Anaheim Angels, 2001

 

34 Mark Gubicza, Kansas City Royals 1981

The Royals’ stalwart piled up 132 wins in his career.

Best of the 2000s: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati, 2007

 

35 Mark Langston, Seattle 1981

The left-handed starter who played most of his career in Seattle just edges Johnny Damon.

Best of the 2000s: Kevin Plawecki, New York Mets, 2012

 

36 Johnny Bench, Cincinnati, 1965

In the first year of the draft, Ray Fosse, Gene Lamont, Ken Plesha, Raldolph Kohn, Ken Rudolph, Donald Johnson and Dick Horton were the seven catchers drafted ahead of Bench. Every team passed on Bench once, and 15 of the 20 teams at the time passed on him twice.

Best of the 2000s: Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins, 2006

 

37 Frank Viola, Minnesota, 1981

Mike Scott, drafted by the Mets in 1976, won a Cy Young in 1986 but had just two seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA. Viola won a Cy Young in 1987 and finished his career with 176 wins.

Best of the 2000s: Adam Jones, Seattle, 2003

 

38 David Wright, New York Mets, 2001

The seven-time All-Star has established himself as Mr. Met (no, not the guy with the big baseball head), but has played in as many as 140 games just once in the last five seasons.

Best of the 2000s: Noah Syndergaard, Toronto, 2010

 

39 Don Baylor, Baltimore, 1967

The 1979 American League MVP once played in three successive World Series with three different teams (1986 Red Sox, 1987 Twins, 1988 A’s). Joey Gallo, recently called up by the Rangers, may one day take over Baylor’s space here.

Best of the 2000s: Lance Lynn, St. Louis, 2008

 

40 Larry Gura, Chicago Cubs, 1969

There’s not much competition for this position, but Gura won 111 games in nine years with the Royals.

Best of the 2000s: Huston Street, Oakland 2004

 

Teaser:
Who is the best player drafted No. 1 overall? Griffey? A-Rod? Chipper? What about the best player selected No. 10 overall? The best at each spot are all here from No. 1 through 40.
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 16:24
Path: /mlb/chris-sale-shuts-down-astros-continues-dominant-streak
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While Carlos Correa may have garnered some of the attention during the Astros-White Sox game, nobody forgot that Chris Sale was on the mound. Sale, who has progressed into one of the MLB’s top pitchers, has been on a roll recently, allowing only one run in his past 22.2 innings of work. Almost more impressively, he has recorded 10+ strikeouts in five of his past six starts, with a season-high 14 punch-outs yesterday. He went eight strong innings, allowing just one run over the game and lowering his season ERA to 3.04.

 

The lefty has dominated the scene as of late with his ability to control and command the strike zone, along with his just straight-up nasty arsenal of pitches. Many of his pitches start off the plate but come speeding in for strikes or start on the plate and dive violently into the dirt. Batters have not been able to figure him out as of late, and he is climbing up the strikeouts leaderboard.
 

Here is a collection of some of his best pitches:









 

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 16:18
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Overtime
Path: /college-football/guy-fails-backflip-football-catch
Body:

The whole backflipping to catch a football trend is kind of lame. After watching this video, you will understand why.

 

 

Let's just put an end to it right about now. It doesn't help you catch footballs any better and the chances of it being used in a game are slim.

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 15:25
Path: /mlb/carlos-correa-debuts-mlb-gets-unique-first-hit
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In one of the most anticipated debuts of the season, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa did something nobody else has probably ever done. In his second at bat, he grounded a ball to the shortstop and sprinted towards first base. On a bang-bang play, he was called out, prompting outrage from him and his friends and family visibly yelling from the stands.

 

After reviewing the play, the umpires reversed the decision and gave him an infield hit, which also brought in a run as a result of the play. So, Correa’s first Major League hit came about an official review, which was implemented in 2008 and further revised before last season. Correa ended the day 1-4, which is a respectable mark considering he faced lefty ace Chris Sale of the White Sox.


Look below for Correa's first hit (of many hopefully):
 

 

Teaser:
Carlos Correa Debuts in MLB, Gets a Unique First Hit
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 15:14
All taxonomy terms: American League, Kansas City Royals, MLB, News
Path: /mlb/royals-dominating-all-star-voting
Body:

Usually powerhouse teams with the largest fan bases, such as the New York Yankees, can force players into the All Star Game. However, the Kansas City Royals are shocking the baseball world right now, with an astounding seven players leading in starting roles. Seven starters would be an all time record if they are able to keep up these vote leads. On top of that, Omar Infante only trails Astros second baseman Jose Altuve by around 160,000 votes, and Alex Rios is fourth in the outfielder race (Mike Trout is in second for voting).

 

With a little over a month left before the All Star Game, these seven Royals seem to be locks in starting roles, while Infante and Rios could sneak in or at least earn reserve roles. Last year’s World Series appearance and this season's success seems to have inspired Royals fans to vote significantly more than any other fans.
 

Look below for the current voting update:
 

 

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 14:42
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime
Path: /nfl/marshawn-lynch-talks-about-new-role-call-duty-seattle-seahawks-beast-mode
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Marshawn Lynch is known for going beast mode on the field. The Seahawks running back is taking it to another level these days.

 

Lynch is going to have a role in the new Call of Duty and as a known gamer, it's safe to say he's excited about it. This will make him the first athlete to appear in the game. ESPN caught up with him and gave a behind-the-scenes look at how he will prepare to make his cameo into the gaming world.

 

 

 

Lynch is most likely thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the iconic game.

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 13:55
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Overtime
Path: /college-football/kennesaw-state-football-team-sings-marvin-gaye-while-working-out-remember-titans
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We've had NC State sing and dance to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," but Kennesaw State's football team is taking it old school.

 

The team channels a little "Remember The Titans" when they begin singing Marvin Gaye's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." 

 

 

Truth be told, it wasn't half bad.

 

Here's the scene from the movie because you really can't see it enough.

 

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 12:31
Path: /college-football/stanford-qb-kevin-hogan-rides-momentum-his-final-season
Body:

Stanford’s last trip to Rose Bowl Stadium was not in the capacity the Cardinal had been accustomed the last few years. But if quarterback Kevin Hogan’s performance in an unseasonably warm, late-November tilt with UCLA was any indication for 2015, Stanford’s last trip to the Rose Bowl could be a springboard for its next.

 

Hogan is the most-tenured quarterback in the Pac-12 ahead of the 2015 season, debuting ostensibly as Andrew Luck’s successor midway into the 2012 campaign. Since taking the reins of the Cardinal offense, Hogan is the winner of two conference championships, and has played in a pair of Rose Bowl Games.

 

Related: Stanford Cardinal 2015 Preview and Prediction

 

He’s also arguably the conference’s most overlooked quarterback, taking a backseat to peers like USC’s Cody Kessler and Cal’s Jared Goff. Kessler is a Heisman Trophy candidate, while Goff generates considerable NFL draft buzz.

 

Not that Hogan’s 2014 ledger commands much attention. He entered the regular-season finale at UCLA with just 15 touchdown passes to eight interceptions, his pedestrian stat line a snapshot of the offensive woes that plagued Stanford throughout a five-loss campaign.
 

But back in Pasadena, playing before an audience of Southern California sunshine, the San Gabriel Mountains and some 85,000 fans anxious to see UCLA clinch the Pac-12 South, Hogan took a backseat to no one.

 

He closed the afternoon 16-of-19 for 234 yards passing with two touchdowns and ran for another 46 yards on seven carries. With Hogan throwing darts to Devon Cajuste, deep lobs on the move to tight end Austin Hooper and feeding playmakers in space, then-UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich had no answer.

 

Stanford rolled, 31-10, for the second of three wins by 21 or more points to close the season. In that span, Hogan also put together games of 15-of-20 passing with 46 rushing yards and a score against Cal; and 14-of-20 with 50 rushing yards in the bowl rout of Maryland.

 

“The way he played at the end of the year, when he’s smooth and relaxed and in rhythm, he’s exciting to watch,” Stanford head coach David Shaw said.

 

Such performances give gravity to Shaw's assessment of Hogan's ceiling — a ceiling he said he "[does not] want to put a cap on,” beyond saying: "He can be as good as anybody playing college football right now.”

 

Hogan has teased such ability a number of times in his almost three years as Cardinal starter. In the 2013 Pac-12 Championship Game, he went 12-of-18 for 277 yards and carried for 24 yards.

 

Both the 2013 conference title game and last season’s three-game win-streak capper state the obvious: a consistent quarterback has consistent playmakers around him.

 

In 2013, it was workhorse running back Tyler Gaffney. He carried for 133 yards and three touchdowns in that championship game, a fitting cap to a stellar season.

 

But Stanford’s struggles finding a suitable replacement for Gaffney as the primary ball carrier hindered a scheme that’s predicated on balance, if not primary reliance, on a power-run style.

 

Down the stretch last season, the emergence of sophomore-to-be Christian McCaffrey added a much-needed dynamic of explosion that Shaw says will be a pillar of the Cardinal offense going into 2015.  

 

Both the wide receiving corps and the offensive line are loaded with experience. Four starters return up front to protect Hogan, which the line did exceedingly well against UCLA without allowing a sack.

 

Ty Montgomery’s departure for the NFL might take away some star power, but Hogan got a head start on life without his favorite target – Montgomery missed the last two games of 2014. Francis Owusu and Hooper were beneficiaries of extra targets, and both figure to be primary weapons along with Cajuste and Michael Rector.

 

Stanford has the pieces for Hogan to shine enough to attract interest from the NFL, Shaw says. And, more importantly for the Cardinal, they look capable of contending for another game in Rose Bowl Stadium.

 

— Written by Kyle Kensing, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a sportswriter in Southern California. Kensing is publisher of CFBHuddle.com. Follow him on Twitter @kensing45.

Teaser:
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan Rides Momentum into His Final Season
Post date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 12:00
Path: /college-football/mountain-west-football-2015-all-conference-team
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The Mountain West hopes for a repeat of 2014 this year, as Boise State was the top Group of 5 team and played in one of college football’s biggest bowl games. The Broncos are the favorite to reach that mark once again this season, and there’s depth in the Mountain West with Utah State, Colorado State and San Diego State.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Mountain West last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Related: 2015 Mountain West Predictions

 

Mountain West Conference 2015 Team Previews
Mountain Division
 
National
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National
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Visit the Athlon Sports Online Store to order a copy of the 2015 National College Football Preview Magazine, which features in-depth analysis and previews for all 128 teams, predictions, rankings and features to prepare for the upcoming year. 

 

 

Athlon's 2015 All-Mountain West Team
 First-Team
Offense
Second-Team
Offense
Third-Team
Offense
Fourth-Team
Offense
QBChuckie Keeton
Utah State 
Ryan Finley
Boise State 
Nick Stevens
Colorado State 
Nate Romine
Air Force 
RBDonnel Pumphrey
SDSU 
Shaun Wick
Wyoming 
James Butler
Nevada 
Dalyn Dawkins
Colorado State 
RBMarteze Waller
Fresno State 
Jhurell Pressley
New Mexico 
Don Jackson
Nevada 
LaJuan Hunt
Utah State 
APJoJo Natson*
Utah State 
Jacobi Owens (RB)
Air Force 
Tyler Ervin (RB)
SJSU 
Brian Hill (RB)
Wyoming 
WRRashard Higgins
Colorado State    
Tyler Winston
SJSU 
Hasaan Henderson
Nevada 
Jerico Richardson
Nevada 
WRThomas Sperbeck
Boise State 
Hunter Sharp
USU  
Marcus Kemp
Hawaii 
S. Williams-Rhodes
Boise State 
TEDevonte Boyd (WR)
UNLV 
Jalen Robinette (WR)
Air Force 
Steven Walker
Colorado State 
Jake Roh
Boise State 
CMarcus Henry
Boise State 
Austin Stephens
Utah State 
Ben Clarke
Hawaii 
Bo Bonnheim
Fresno State 
OGFred Zerblis
Colorado State 
Darrell Greene
SDSU 
Travis Averill
Boise State 
Jake Bennett (C)
Colorado State 
OGAndrew Ruechel
Air Force 
Jake Roullier
Wyoming 
Mario Yakoo
Boise State  
Matt Rochell (OT)
Air Force 
OTAlex Fifita
Fresno State 
Sam Carlson
Colorado State 
Reno Henderson
New Mexico 
Wes Schweitzer
SJSU  
OTRees Odhiambo
Boise State 
Jake Simonich
Utah State 
Justin Northern
Fresno State 
Austin Corbett
Nevada 
 First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DLKamalei Correa
Boise State 
Alex Barrett
SDSU 
Rykeem Yates
Nevada 
Todd Hunt
Fresno State  
DLJordan Nielsen
Utah State 
Alex Hansen
Air Force 
Lenny Jones
Nevada 
Jon Sanchez
SDSU  
DLIan Seau
Nevada 

Travis Seefeldt

Utah State 

Joe Kawulok
Colorado State 
Nik D'Avanzo
New Mexico 
DLEddie Yarbrough
Wyoming 
Kennedy Tulimasealii
Hawaii 
Armand Nance
Boise State 
Connor Healy
Air Force 
LBKyler Fackrell
Utah State 
Dakota Cox
New Mexico 
Tau Lotulelei 
UNLV 
Jake Fely
SDSU                 
LBNick Vigil
Utah State 
Cory James
Colorado State 
Kyrie Wilson
Fresno State 
Ben Weaver
Boise State 
LBTanner Vallejo
Boise State 
Calvin Munson
SDSU 
Christian Tago
SJSU 
Jordan Dobrich
Nevada 
CBDonte Deayon
Boise State 
Cleveland Wallace III
SJSU 
Jalen Davis
Utah State 
Ne'Quan Phillips
Hawaii   
CBDamontae Kazee
SDSU 
J.J. Whittaker
SDSU  
Jimmy Pruitt
SJSU 
Charles Washington
Fresno State  
SWeston Steelhammer
Air Force 
Trent Matthews
Colorado State 
Devin Centers
Utah State  
Malik Smith
SDSU 
SDarian Thompson
Boise State 
Peni Vea
UNLV 
Kevin Pierre-Louis
Colorado State 
Trayvon Henderson
Hawaii 
 First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
KDonny Hageman
SDSU 
Brent Zuzo
Nevada 
Austin Lopez
SJSU  
Jake Thompson
Utah State  
PAlex Boy
Nevada 
Hayden Hunt
Colorado State 
Garrett Swanson
Fresno State  
Sean Wale
Boise State  
KRDeionte Gaines
Colorado State 
Ridge Jones
New Mexico 
S. Williams-Rhodes
Boise State  
Rashaad Penny
SDSU 
PRJoJo Natson*
Utah State 
Lloyd Mills
SDSU 

Tyler Ervin
SJSU 

S. Williams-Rhodes
Boise State 
Related: 2015 Mountain West Predictions

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 All-Mountain West Team

 FirstSecondThirdFourth

Air Force

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 

Boise State

Offense: 3
Defense: 4
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0 
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 2

Colorado State

Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 2
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 

Fresno State

Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 0 

Hawaii

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 2 
​Sp. Teams: 0

Nevada

Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 3 
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 

New Mexico

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 1 
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 1 
Defense: 0 
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 

SDSU

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 1
Defense: 3 
​Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 3
​Sp. Teams: 1 

SJSU

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 2 
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 

UNLV

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 

Utah State

Offense: 2
Defense: 3
​Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 3
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 1 

Wyoming

Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 0 
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 

* All-conference teams were selected before Natson's dismissal in late June.

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The Pac-12 has emerged as college football’s No. 2 conference over the last few seasons, and there’s no shortage of talent returning to the league in 2015. This conference is known for its offense, but the Pac-12 has a good core of proven talent returning on defense.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Pac-12 last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Related: 2015 Pac-12 Predictions, Projected Records and Awards

 

Pac-12 2015 Team Previews

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Visit the Athlon Sports Online Store to order a copy of the 2015 Pac-12 Preview Magazine, which features in-depth analysis and previews for all 12 teams, predictions, rankings and features to prepare for the upcoming year. 

 

 

Athlon's 2015 All-Pac-12 Team
 First-Team
Offense
Second-Team
Offense
Third-Team
Offense
Fourth-Team
Offense
QBCody Kessler
USC 
Jared Goff
California 
Anu Solomon
Arizona 
Vernon Adams
Oregon 
RBDevontae Booker
Utah 
Royce Freeman
Oregon 
Daniel Lasco
California 
Thomas Tyner
Oregon 
RBPaul Perkins
UCLA 
Nick Wilson
Arizona 
Demario Richard
Arizona State 
Storm Woods
Oregon State 
APD.J. Foster 
Arizona State 
Christian McCaffrey
Stanford 
Charles Nelson
Oregon 
Dwayne Washington (RB)
Washington 
WRJuJu Smith
USC 
Jordan Payton
UCLA 
Devon Cajuste
Stanford 
Victor Bolden
Oregon State 
WRNelson Spruce
Colorado 
Kenny Lawler
California 
River Cracraft
Wazzu 
Gabe Marks
Wazzu 
WRCayleb Jones
Arizona 
Byron Marshall
Oregon 
Austin Hooper (TE)
Stanford 

Thomas Duarte (TE)
UCLA 

CMax Tuerk
USC 
Jake Brendel
UCLA 
Nick Kelly
Arizona State 
Alex Kelley
Colorado 
OGToa Lobendahn
USC 
Christian Westerman
Arizona State 
Dexter Charles
Washington 
Vi Teofilo
Arizona State 
OGJoshua Garnett
Stanford 

Viane Talamaivao
USC 

Chris Borrayo
California 
Isaac Seumalo
Oregon State 
OTKyle Murphy
Stanford 
Joe Dahl
Wazzu 

Tyrell Crosby
Oregon 

Freddie Tagaloa
Arizona 
OTTyler Johnstone
Oregon 
Stephane Nembot
Colorado 
Conor McDermott
UCLA 
J.J. Dielman
Utah 
 First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DEDeForest Buckner
Oregon 
Lowell Lotulelei (DT)
Utah 
Reggie Gilbert
Arizona 
Delvon Simmons
USC 
DEHunter Dimick
Utah 
Tashon Smallwood (DT)
Arizona State 
Josh Tupou (DT)*
Colorado 
Kache Palacio
Wazzu 
DTKenny Clark
UCLA 
Antwaun Woods
USC 
Mustafa Jalil
California 
Elijah Qualls
Washington 
DLEddie Vanderdoes
UCLA 
Peter Kalambayi (LB)
Stanford 
Gionni Paul (LB)
Utah 
Christian French (LB)
Oregon 
LBSu'a Cravens
USC 
Blake Martinez
Stanford 
Jared Norris
Utah 
Kevin Anderson
Stanford 
LBMyles Jack
UCLA 
Addison Gillam
Colorado 
Deon Hollins
UCLA 
Michael Barton
California 
LBScooby Wright
Arizona 
Viliami Moeakiola
Arizona State 
Tyson Coleman
Oregon 
Travis Feeney
Washington 
CBAdoree' Jackson
USC 
Lloyd Carrington
Arizona State 
Kevon Seymour
USC 
Larry Scott
Oregon State            
CBIshmael Adams
UCLA 
Fabian Moreau
UCLA 

Kenneth Crawley

Colorado 

Kweishi Brown
Arizona State 
SBudda Baker
Washington 
Reggie Daniels
Oregon 
Tevin Carter
Utah 
Zach Hoffpauir*
Stanford 
SJordan Simone
Arizona State 
William Parks
Arizona 
Chidobe Awuzie
Colorado 
Jaleel Wadood
UCLA 
 First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
KAndy Phillips
Utah 
Zane Gonzalez
Arizona State 

Cameron Van Winkle
Washington 

Ka'imi Fairbairn
UCLA 
PTom Hackett
Utah 
Drew Riggleman
Arizona 
Korey Durkee
Washington 
Matt Haack               
Arizona State 
KRAdoree' Jackson
USC 
Trevor Davis
California 
Ishmael Adams
UCLA 
Phillip Lindsay
Colorado 
PRCharles Nelson
Oregon 
Christian McCaffrey
Stanford  
Dante Pettis
Washington 
DaVonte' Neal
Arizona 
 
Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 All-Pac-12 Team
 FirstSecondThirdFourth
Arizona

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Arizona State

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams:  1

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

California

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Colorado

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 3 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1 

Oregon

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 2 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Oregon State

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 3

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Stanford

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 2 

Sp. Teams: 0

UCLA

Offense: 1

Defense: 4

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

USC

Offense: 4

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Utah

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Washington

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 3 

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0 

Washington State

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

* Tupou was selected for the team prior to his suspension for the 2015 season. Hoffpauir was selected to the team prior to his decision to play professional baseball.

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Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah have accomplished a rare feat in the Triple Crown.

 

Jimmy Fallon was impressed but there was still something left for the jockey to do ... the unheard of Quadruple Crown. Yes, it's made up and yes it's awesome. The two guys went on a more exciting race than most.

 

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When it comes to college football dynasties, North Dakota State has every reason to stake its own claim to one of the greatest eras in the sport's history.

 

No, the Bison aren’t Alabama, USC, Oklahoma or Notre Dame, but North Dakota State is amid one of the most rare streaks in college football with four consecutive national titles. None of the aforementioned power programs can match that streak.

 

Only two other programs in any NCAA division can claim a streak of four championships — Michigan from 1901-04 (using retroactive models) and Division III Augustana (Ill.) from 1983-86.

 

A fifth straight title would be unprecedented in the NCAA record book, and North Dakota State has plenty of reason to believe history is within its grasp.

 

1. North Dakota State

For a change, the four-time defending FCS national champion Bison have a better offense than defense. Senior quarterback Carson Wentz, named the Most Outstanding Player of last season’s title win over Illinois State, will work behind a terrific offensive line and get the ball to wide receivers Zach Vraa and RJ Urzendowski and running back King Frazier, a transfer from Nebraska. On defense, coach Chris Klieman loses a lot, but both starting cornerbacks, Jordan Champion and CJ Smith, return, and defensive tackle Nate Tanguay is a handful up front. The Fargodome will keep rocking.

 

2. Illinois State

Dual-threat quarterback Tre Roberson and running back Marshaun Coprich (FCS-high 2,274 rushing yards) are basically unstoppable, but coach Brock Spack’s national runner-up squad must replace key personnel on offense. An athletic defense will soar again behind ends Teddy Corwin and David Perkins and leading tackler Pat Meehan at linebacker. In the 10-team Missouri Valley, the Redbirds and North Dakota State won’t meet during the regular season.

 

3. Sam Houston State

After coach K.C. Keeler guided the Bearkats to the national semifinals in his first season, he gets back 19 starters. Dual-threat quarterback Jared Johnson threw for over 3,000 yards and was one rushing yard shy of 1,000. Sophomore defensive end P.J. Hall racked up 30 tackles for a loss.

 

4. Jacksonville State

OVC Defensive Player of the Year Devaunte Sigler, LaMichael Fanning and Chris Landrum form an intimidating defensive line, and quarterback Eli Jenkins keeps getting better. Plus, the veteran Gamecocks and coach John Grass are motivated by last year’s early playoff exit as the No. 3 seed.

 

5. Villanova

Senior quarterback John Robertson (3,924 total yards, 46 total touchdowns) seeks an encore after winning the 2014 Walter Payton Award. Linebacker Don Cherry nearly matched Robertson’s excellence on defense, finishing second in the Buck Buchanan Award voting.

 

6. Eastern Washington

Lost in the transfer of star quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. to Oregon is the fact that the Eagles must improve a defense that ranked 90th in scoring defense and 95th in total defense. Emerging defensive end Samson Ebukam is a part of the solution. New signal-caller Jordan West will target junior Cooper Kupp, who’s caught 37 touchdowns in two seasons.

 

7. Coastal Carolina

Only North Dakota State has more FCS wins than Coastal’s 24 the last two seasons. The Chanticleers will continue the momentum behind dual-threat quarterback Alex Ross and 1,500-yard running back De’Angelo Henderson. Quinn Backus, a three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year, departs, leaving senior end Roderick Holder in charge.

 

8. Chattanooga

Quarterback Jacob Huesman has made his dad (coach Russ Huesman) proud in winning back-to-back conference titles and SoCon Offensive Player of the Year awards. Few FCS secondaries are better than the unit boasting Cedric Nettles, Dee Virgin and Lucas Webb.

 

9. New Hampshire

Coach Sean McDonnell’s back-to-back national semifinalists are guarding against a step backward. Despite the loss of influential seniors, the Wildcats have veteran leaders in quarterback Sean Goldrich, linebacker Akil Anderson and defensive back Casey DeAdrade.

 

10. Youngstown State

Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini steps into a ready-to-win situation at YSU, where school president Jim Tressel guided the Penguins to four national titles in the 1990s. A youthful offense features sophomore quarterback Hunter Wells and junior running back Martin Ruiz. Defensive ends Derek Rivers and Terrell Williams combined for 24 sacks.

 

11. Northern Iowa

If UNI survives a tough five-game opening stretch, it will be a top-10 team. Transfers Aaron Bailey (Illinois quarterback) and Savon Huggins (Rutgers running back) join a strong corps featuring quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen, running back Darrian Miller, linebacker Brett McMakin, safety Tim Kilfoy and placekicker Michael Schmadeke.

 

12. Liberty

Coach Turner Gill’s Flames expect to build on their first-ever playoff appearance. The passing duo of Josh Woodrum and Darrin Peterson is superb, there are two excellent running backs in D.J. Abnar and Desmond Rice, and placekicker John Lunsford has the strongest leg in the FCS.

 

13. Montana State

Dual-threat quarterback Dakota Prukop was having a dominant campaign until a late-season knee injury slowed him down last year. With a veteran offensive line, the Bobcats will think run first while chasing the Big Sky title. Coach Rob Ash’s squad must make improvements on defense.

 

14. James Madison

Quarterback Vad Lee, after leading the FCS in total yards (4,288) last season, will challenge Villanova’s John Robertson for All-CAA honors. The young talent, including running back Khalid Abdullah, linebackers Kyre Hawkins and Rhakeem Stallings and cornerback Taylor Reynolds, has come of age.

 

15. Eastern Illinois

A bounce-back season for the Panthers appears likely in coach Kim Dameron’s second season. Kentucky transfer Jalen Whitlow came on strong after he got acclimated at quarterback, and the running game added some transfers alongside Shepard Little. Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill is one of the top defenders in the OVC.

 

16. McNeese State

There probably aren’t enough touches to go around in the Cowboys’ deep rushing attack, which includes quarterback Daniel Sams and running backs Ryan Ross and Derrick Milton. Coach Matt Viator, who has yet to have a losing record through nine seasons, seeks a rebound.

 

17. Montana

Former Colorado School of Mines coach Bob Stitt has taken over the Grizzlies’ historically powerful program. He won’t be the only new face in a retooled lineup, although there are key returnees in linebackers Kendrick Van Ackeren and Jeremiah Kose and 1,000-yard receiver Jamaal Jones.

 

18. Idaho State

After a breakthrough season for a program that had been a Big Sky cellar-dweller, the Bengals must replace record-setting quarterback Justin Arias (4,076 yards, 38 TDs in 2014). But Arias’ replacement will be able to rely on big-time weapons in running back Xavier Finney and wide receiver Madison Mangum.

 

19. South Dakota State

No team has a bigger hole to fill than the Jackrabbits after three-time 2,000-yard rusher Zach Zenner moved on. The focal point of the offense shifts to sophomore wide receiver Jake Wieneke (73 receptions for 1,404 yards and 16 TDs).

 

20. Richmond

Despite the departure of quarterback Michael Strauss and a 23-member senior class, the Spiders return leading rushers Seth Fisher and Jacobi Green and 1,000-yard receivers Reggie Diggs and Brian Brown. Linebacker Omar Howard is coming off a breakout season.

 

21. Eastern Kentucky

Dy’Shawn Mobley rushed for nearly 1,500 yards after transferring from Kentucky. His old school will get another look at him on Oct. 3 as part of the Colonels’ challenging road schedule. Former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence also has landed at EKU.

 

22. Harvard

If Tim Murphy coaxes another unbeaten season out of his team, he might be the national Coach of the Year. The team’s strength is at the skill positions, with quarterback Scott Hosch, running backs Paul Stanton Jr. and Semar Smith and wide receiver Andrew Fischer.

 

23. Western Carolina

Every offensive starter is back from a Catamounts team coming off its best season in nearly a decade, none bigger than dual-threat quarterback Troy Mitchell. Trips to Tennessee and Texas A&M await.

 

24. Cal Poly

Quarterback Chris Brown (1,265 yards, 17 TDs on the ground) and slot back Kori Garcia (1,039 yards) fuel a triple-option that has led the FCS in rushing yards per game the last two seasons. But a veteran team has to overcome a brutal first half of the schedule.

 

25. Indiana State

Ten starters, led by linebacker Connor Underwood and safety Mark Sewall, return to a punishing defense. The key for the Sycamores is a steady transition for junior college transfer quarterback Zach Kline. 

 

FCS 2015 Preseason All-America Team

 

OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB Josh Robertson, VillanovaDE James Cowser, Southern Utah
RB Marshaun Coprich, Illinois StateDE Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas
RB Dy'shawn Mobley, Eastern KentuckyDT Javon Harvgrave, South Carolina State
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern WashingtonDT O.J. Mau, Gardner-Webb
WR Darrin Peterson, LibertyLB Don Cherry, Villanova
TE Josh Cook, Idaho StateLB Luke Rhodes, William & Mary
C Robert Booker, Missouri StateLB Connor Underwood, Indiana State
G Jonathan Burgess, LibertyCB Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville State
G JP Flynn, Montana StateCB Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana
T Joe Haeg, North Dakota StateS Case DeAdrade, New Hampshire
T Donald Jackson III, Sam Houston StateS Donald Payne, Stetson
K John Lunsford, LibertyKR Pokey Harris, Murray State
P Ben LeCompte, North Dakota StatePR Anotnio Hamilton, South Carolina State

 

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While the strength of the ACC appears to reside in the Atlantic Division once again in 2015, that doesn’t mean the Coastal won’t lack for its own excitement and intrigue. Predicting which team will end up on top is one thing, while Las Vegas is more concerned about how many wins each will get.

 

Related: 2015 ACC Predictions, Projected Records and Awards 

 

To that end, projected win totals discussed here are broken down into three categories — definite wins, definite losses and toss-ups. Most of the conference games will in the toss-up category, especially ones on the road. This preview will offer thoughts on each team and if there’s any value either over or under.

 

With so little separation when it comes to the majority of the teams, the ACC Coastal figures to be a hotly contested division this season. There are several teams who could lay claim to first place including Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Behind them, you've got Duke, Miami, Pittsburgh and Virginia.

 

Note: Over/under odds courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook

 

ACC Coastal

 

Duke Blue Devils

(Over 7 wins -150...Under 7 wins +110)

Record Last Year: 9-4, 5-3

 

Returning Starters: 12 (6 on offense, 6 on defense)

 

Offense: Anthony Boone is gone and so is the stability at quarterback. There are weapons in the unit with Shaq Powell at running back, Braxton Deaver at tight end and Max McCaffrey at wide receiver. The line will miss Laken Tomlinson, but three starters do return. We cannot count out any group coached by David Cutcliffe.

 

Defense: This is another team in the ACC with a strong secondary. Safety Jeremy Cash had 5.5 sacks to go along with fellow Safety DeVon Edwards’ 4.5. A healthy Kelby Brown at linebacker will help this unit out immensely. They were 92nd against the run last year, allowing almost 200 yards per game.

 

Schedule: Duke has four of its first five at home and go over a month between road games to start the year (Tulane) and Oct. 10 (Army). In between the Blue Devils host NC Central, Northwestern, Georgia Tech and Boston College. Duke closes with five of its last seven on the road, which will test this team.

 

Selection: The money movement is right here as this team will capitalize on the home friendly start to the year. Road games at Virginia Tech and North Carolina will be tough, but they close out with games at UVA and Wake Forest which are both winnable. The over is the play for this one.

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

(Over 7.5 wins -160...Under 7.5 wins +120)

 

Record Last Year: 11-3, 6-2

 

Returning Starters: 13 (6 on offense, 7 on defense)

 

Offense: Justin Thomas is back for his junior year after accounting for over 2,000 yards of offense and 26 total touchdowns in 2014. Of concern here are the losses of multiple running backs as well as leading receiver DeAndre Smelter from last year’s team. The line does return four starters, so whomever ends up running the ball should find room to operate.

 

Defense: Jamal Golden leads a secondary looking for improvement after last year's struggles. The Yellow Jackets were 13th in passing defense in the conference and won't be able to struggle against the talent in the ACC. Adam Gotsis leads the front line, which will be asked to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

 

Schedule: Georgia Tech should start fast with home games against Alcorn State and Tulane before tough road games at Notre Dame and Duke. Keep in mind, the Irish have seen an option attack before with Navy a regular opponent. Atlanta will be rocking this year with Florida State, Virginia Tech and Georgia coming to town.

 

Selection: Have confidence in the over although you could make a case for value to the under. Only Virginia Tech has extra time to prepare for the option while Georgia has Georgia Southern the week before. If the Yellow Jackets defend their home field then this is one win total likely to go over. Think eight wins this fall.

 

Miami Hurricanes

(Over 5.5 wins -170...Under 5.5 wins +130)

 

Record Last Year: 6-7, 3-5

 

Returning Starters: 8 (3 on offense, 5 on defense)

 

Offense: Brad Kaaya is back and he is the stabilizing force around a lot of change. Philip Dorsett, Clive Walford and Duke Johnson are all gone for the Canes. Their running back position should be good though with Joe Yearby and Gus Edwards in the backfield. Stacy Coley, Herb Waters and Rashawn Scott are good weapons for Kaaya to have as well. The line is almost completely new so there might be early struggles.

 

Defense: More losses here as Denzel Perryman, Anthony Chickillo and Olsen Pierre are gone. Senior Deon Bush adds to a talented group of safeties in the Coastal. Miami will need its defense to play well early while the offense develops.

 

Schedule: The Canes are eased into the season with Bethune Cookman and Florida Atlantic before games against Nebraska and Cincinnati. The conference slate is hard with road games at Florida State, Duke and North Carolina.

 

Selection: The seat is getting mighty warm for Al Golden. The under has some incredible value for Miami. The Hurricanes have a sure win over Bethune Cookman with a probable win over Florida Atlantic as well. Other than that, it's one tough game after another. Even though they get both the Virginia schools at home, neither is a sure thing. The Wahoos have proven that games in Miami don't intimidate them. If the Canes lose early then Sun Life Stadium will be dead and games against UVA and Georgia Tech in November will seem like study hall.

 

North Carolina Tar Heels

(Over 8 wins -115...Under 8 wins -125)

 

Record Last Year: 6-7, 4-4

 

Returning Starters: 16 (10 on offense, 6 on defense)

 

Offense: Marquise Williams has almost all of his weapons back from an offense that put up 33.2 points per game last year. The wide receiving corps features Quinshad Davis, Ryan Switzer and Mack Hollins. This is a unit that scored 40 or more points in six contests. There's no worry on this side of the ball.

 

Defense: Gene Chizik has been hired to fix a unit that allowed 39 points per game last year. There's not a lot to like on this side. Jessie Rogers had 5.5 sacks and will be counted on again this year.

 

Schedule: South Carolina kicks things off for the Tar Heels, who will be breaking in several new starters. After that are home games against NC A&T, Illinois and Delaware. There are just four true road games on the slate with each of them presenting their own challenges.

 

Selection: If the defense gets fixed then UNC becomes a real threat in the ACC. I've pegged the Heels for eight wins, as they have a schedule that breaks right for them. They will start fast and close with two losses at Virginia Tech and NC State.

 

Pittsburgh Panthers

(Over 6 wins -125...Under 6 wins -115)

 

Record Last Year: 6-7, 4-4

 

Returning Starters: 15 (8 on offense, 7 on defense)

 

Offense: Plain and simple, it's all about the big three of Chad Voytik, James Conner and Tyler Boyd. Conner and Boyd form one of the best RB/WR duos in the league. J.P. Holtz is a solid option at tight end as well. If Voytik continues his solid close to last year, then this unit will click early and often.

 

Defense: Pat Narduzzi did wonders for Michigan State. He installed Josh Conklin from Florida International as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator and he'll have a lot to work with. The Panthers were stout last year against the pass, allowing 198.9 yards per game.

 

Schedule: Pittsburgh has home games against Youngstown State and Notre Dame to go along with road games at Akron and Iowa. Last year the Panthers lost at home to both of those teams with the Akron one being a big surprise as they managed only 10 points. They play five of their first seven on the road before closing out with four of their last five at home.

 

Selection: No lean to either direction in this one. They should go 2-2 out of conference. This total depends upon how you feel about Miami and Louisville in November and whether or not the Carrier Dome will be empty for the Oct. 24 game against Syracuse.

 

Virginia Cavaliers

(Over 4.5 wins +105...Under 4.5 wins -145)

 

Record Last Year: 5-7, 3-5

 

Returning Starters: 9 (5 on offense, 4 on defense)

 

Offense: Matt Johns has no competition at starting quarterback following Greyson Lambert's decision to transfer. Johns provided some solid work at times while struggling in others. Taquan Mizzell is speed out of the backfield and North Carolina transfer T.J. Thorpe will help out at WR. The offensive line has three returning starters with the other two most likely starters having seen time last year.

 

Defense: The worry here is trying to replace Eli Harold and Max Valles, both of whom left early for the NFL. Quin Blanding, Demetrious Nicholson and Maurice Canady help form a very good secondary. Blanding is going to be an absolute stud after a very good freshman year.

 

Schedule: This is as tough an out-of-conference schedule as you can get. Virginia has a road game at UCLA before home contests against Notre Dame, William & Mary and Boise State. The Broncos game is on a Friday night so the travel and earlier start time could be a factor. Seven home games on the Cavaliers’ schedule help out a desperate team.

 

Selection: I like the over for the Hoos. Mike London's seat is almost as hot as Al Golden's so a bowl would be nice for this team. While a postseason appearance doesn’t seem likely for UVA this season, here’s saying the Cavaliers will take care of Boise State at home on Sept. 25. A forecast of three or four wins in conference play and Virginia clears its low win total fairly easily.

 

Virginia Tech Hokies

(Over 8 wins -115...Under 8 wins -125)

 

Record Last Year: 7-6, 3-5

 

Returning Starters: 16 (8 on offense, 8 on defense)

 

Offense: The good news is that eight starters are back, but the bad news is that this was the 96th-ranked offense in terms of total yards. Michael Brewer threw 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last year so he will have to take better care of the ball. Hopefully injuries won't be as much of an issue at running back as the talent is there with several options.

 

Defense: Bud Foster's unit is always a strength and this year should be no different. Kendall Fuller is one of the best CBs in the ACC. He gets a lot of help from a stout defensive line led by Dadi Nicholas, Corey Marshall and Ken Ekanem. These guys will be in the top 20 after finishing 21st last year.

 

Schedule: 2015 will start with a bang as Ohio State comes to Blacksburg. The Hokies also take on Furman, Purdue and East Carolina with their last two games on the road. The Pirates won in Blacksbrug last year, but that was with Shane Carden at quarterback. Three of the last four games are on the road in conference.

 

Selection: The lean here is to the over as I have the Hokies projected for nine wins. They will push Ohio State but fall short on Sept. 7. The defense is too good to not keep Virginia Tech in every game. If you want to pinpoint one game that could determine how close to the projected win total it's the Halloween game at Boston College, which can be a nightmarish assignment for visiting teams.

 

— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Josephs prefers non-Power 5 college football and may be the only one wagering on the Sun Belt. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.

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Cleveland is all in for the Cavaliers.

 

The Cleveland Clinic is dressing the newest Cavalier fans up in "Born To Be ALL IN" onesies. Too cute.

 

The babies must be good luck charms considering the Cavs took down the Warriors in Game 2. If you aren't a fan of either team, these little guys and girls would probably be enough to sway you.

 

 

 

 

Check out the video here.

 

With all this newfound cuteness in the world, Cleveland is already winning.

 

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Catching a fly ball is difficult to do. Adding the barehanded aspect to it seems almost impossible. Almost.

 

During a Biloxi Shuckers game, one fan wearing a GoPro camera made a sick catch and it is pretty impressive. Try not to flinch because the video is super clear.

 

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