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When putting together Athlon Sports' college football magazine and preseason Top 25 each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish.


And don’t forget that the College Football Playoff Committee made it very clear in its first season that it values scheduling.


So who has the toughest schedule in the Pac-12 this fall? Who has the easiest path?


1. Cal

There is no easy schedule in the North, but Cal is probably the most unlucky team in the division. Road trips for the season include games at Texas, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Utah and Washington with USC and Arizona State at home. Washington also has a tough run starting Week 6: at USC, Oregon, at Stanford, Arizona, Utah, at Arizona State.


2. USC

Arizona State and USC have the two toughest slates in the South division but the Men of Troy get the nod here. The Trojans have to face Notre Dame on the road in non-conference action as well as the projected top four teams in the North: Oregon (road), Stanford (home), Washington (home) and Cal (road). The division split sends USC to Arizona State for a critical 60 minutes. The only comfort is getting key division games with UCLA, Utah and Arizona at home.


Related: Pac-12 Football Programs as Rock and Roll Bands


3. Washington

The Huskies are in rebuilding mode and they didn't get much help from the schedule makers. A road trip to Boise State will be filled with emotion for Chris Petersen (and UW could be an underdog) and Utah State is much better than most Pac-12 fans will acknowledge. Road trips in the league, however, are what make this schedule brutal. Washington will face USC, Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon State away from Seattle. Oregon, Cal, Arizona and Utah dot the home slate.


4. Arizona State

Arizona State and USC appear to be the class of the South and if either team wins the division or the league, their strength of schedule will likely put them into the Playoff. The Sun Devils get Texas A&M in Houston, which is far from a true neutral-site game. The road slate is intriguing, as trips to UCLA and Utah in the division are huge, as well as trickier-than-they-appear trips north to Cal and Washington State, but there are no preseason-ranked teams on the slate away from Tempe. USC, Oregon, Washington and Arizona highlight an extremely tough home slate.


5. Stanford

Stanford is getting a lot of love as a sleeper team to win the Pac-12 but the Cardinal will have to earn their division title for this to happen. The non-conference slate includes Notre Dame of course but also tricky games with UCF and at Northwestern. All of the big games in the Pac-12 come at home (minus one) but each one should be a battle between Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Arizona and Washington. The road slate in the league isn't terribly difficult as only USC makes Stanford a true road underdog.


6. Utah

The Utes start the year with three really interesting non-conference games. Utah will be favored against Michigan, Utah State and Fresno State but all three are tough outs. Four road trips within the league (USC, Oregon, Arizona and Washington) are devastating with a not-so-easy home schedule against Cal, Arizona State and UCLA. Utah misses the worst two teams from the North.


Related: Complete 2015 Pac-12 Preview and Predictions


7. Colorado

Per usual, Colorado doesn't get to face Colorado, automatically making it one of the toughest schedules in the South Division. The non-conference slate offers chances for wins with four winnable games (not three) because of Hawaii. Facing Oregon and Stanford from the North hurts and having five road trips in the Pac-12 adds difficulty as well. The Buffaloes face Oregon, USC, Stanford and Arizona at home, meaning any Pac-12 wins might have to come on the road.


8. Washington State

The showdown with Rutgers last year was memorable at the very least and now Wazzu flies all the way to East Coast for its toughest non-con game in the rematch. The Cougars get five home games and miss USC and Utah from the South and has two winnable road games in Oregon State and Colorado. Huge swing games that likely decide if WSU is going bowling or not will come at home in Cal, Arizona and The Apple Cup.


9. Oregon

Oregon faces arguably the toughest non-conference test of any team in the nation when it heads to East Lansing to face Michigan State. However, the Ducks should roll through the rest of their home schedule with the exception of USC. Huge road trips to Stanford and Arizona State loom as well. But this schedule looks like a four-game slate with three huge road trips and the Trojans at home. Cal and Utah would be tricky if they weren't in Autzen Stadium and trips to Seattle and Boulder shouldn't cause too much concern.


10. Oregon State

There are no easy schedules in the North but Oregon State gets the nod by default because the Beavers miss both Arizona State and USC in crossover and get Stanford, Washington and UCLA at home. A non-con trip to Michigan still keeps this slate from being far from "easy" however.


Related: 2015 Preseason Pac-12 All-Conference Teams


11. UCLA

Clearly, there are no easy schedules in this league but UCLA might have one of the more manageable slates — which comes at a great time to break in a new quarterback. Virginia and BYU are tricky but winnable in the non-conference, while missing Oregon and Washington from the North Division seems like a big positive. Sweeping home games with Arizona State, Cal, Colorado and Washington State is very doable and road trips to Arizona, Oregon State and Utah also could be winnable. Trips to USC and Stanford are the toughest games of the year.


12. Arizona

First of all, there is no easy schedule in the South. Five teams could win the division so crossover play and non-conference games are the deciding factors. UCLA and Arizona have the two easiest slates because both avoid Oregon from the North, but Zona gets the nod for the least difficult due to a non-conference slate that should provide three easy wins.

Ranking the ACC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015
Post date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:30
Path: /college-football/big-ten-wild-card-players-2015

Every team has star players and leaders who you know will need to play their best week in and week out in order for their team to have any success whatsoever. There are, however, a couple of players on each team in the Big Ten who will play key roles that could push their respective teams past even there own expectations. 


Related: Big Ten Football 2015 Predictions


These "wild card" players fly a little under the radar, but stepping up, reaching their full potential or failing to do their jobs could be the difference between their squad having a successful 2015 campaign and putting a coach on the hot seat.


We've highlighted two players from each team — one on offense and one on defense — who could be the "wild cards" that make the difference in how things shake out in the Big Ten.


Let's take a look:


Big Ten East Division


Indiana Hoosiers


Offense: Jordan Howard, Running Back

Howard draws the unenviable task of replacing one of the most electric players in the country (Tevin Coleman) a season ago. He doesn't need to do what Coleman did, but he will need to be a consistent threat on the ground, running behind a relatively experienced offensive line. If he is able to do that, it will take a lot of pressure off Nate Sudfeld — one of the best pure passers in the conference.


Defense: Nate Hoff, Defensive Tackle

Hoff will be the youngest member of the defensive line rotation — a group that should be the strength of a defense littered with underclassmen. He'll need to step up and play like a veteran, helping to control the line and even provide penetration in order to take pressure off his young teammates at linebacker and secondary.


Maryland Terrapins


Offense: Derwin Gray, Offensive Tackle

Gray could be one of three freshmen starting on the offensive line for the Terrapins. He'll need to play like a seasoned junior or senior in order to protect Caleb Rowe against some of the most lethal pass rushers in the nation. His ability to do so could be the difference between a winning season with a bowl bid and finishing at the bottom of the division.


Defense: Sean Davis, Cornerback

Maryland isn't exactly the most talented team in the conference when it comes to its defensive front seven. As a result, opposing quarterbacks are likely to have plenty of time to throw. When they do, they'll avoid William Likely as often as possible and challenge Davis all day. If he's not up to the challenge, Maryland will be one of the easier teams to move the ball against through the air.


Michigan Wolverines


Offense: Ty Isaac, Running Back

Jim Harbaugh's offenses always feature a running back capable of getting the tough yards when needed. Isaac is going to need to be that guy, and there won't be many excuses not to. He'll be running behind one of the more experienced offensive lines in the Big Ten. If he can't get the job done, it'll be detrimental to graduate transfer quarterback Jake Rudock's success under center and help make Harbaugh's first season in Ann Arbor a long one.


Defense: Jabrill Peppers, Safety

Outside of Rudock, Peppers is pretty much the only household name on the Michigan roster. He'll need to live up to all of the hype and potential immediately, as Brady Hoke left the talent cupboard fairly bare on the defensive side of the ball. There are too many elite passers in Michigan's division for Peppers to play like a freshman in the secondary.


Michigan State Spartans


Offense: Aaron Burbridge, Wide Receiver

Big things are expected from quarterback Connor Cook this season, especially considering he's playing behind what might be the best offensive line of Mike Dantonio's tenure. In order for those big things to happen, Cook is going to need guys making plays downfield. Enter Burbridge. He's likely to be the primary target in the Spartan offense now that Tony Lippett is gone. Michigan State's success on offense will rest largely on Burbridge's effectiveness.


Defense: Riley Bullough, Linebacker

Bullough will take over in the middle full time in 2015. He'll play a critical role for what has been one of the better defenses in the nation over the past couple of seasons. There will be extra pressure to know everyone's assignments and make reads with the departure of coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Bullough's success will be the difference in whether or not the Spartan defense remains elite in 2015.


Ohio State Buckeyes


Offense: Curtis Samuel, Running Back

Yes, Samuel is a backup, but he's backing up arguably the most valuable player in the conference — if not the country — in Ezekiel Elliott. The Buckeyes are going to ride Elliott a lot this season. He's going to need plenty of breathers, including at the end of games Ohio State already has in hand. The Buckeyes need Samuel to be able to step in and not miss a beat when Elliott leaves the field, regardless of the situation.


Defense: Raekwon McMillan, Linebacker

McMillan was one of the more heavily recruited players in the country a couple of years ago. The time for him to make his impact is now, as he'll be manning the middle linebacker position amongst seven returning starters from last season's championship team. The Buckeyes will be looking for his hard-hitting style to set the tone on defense all season, adding another element of "shock and awe" to a team that will already be favored in every game they'll play.


Penn State Nittany Lions


Offense: Paris Palmer, Offensive Tackle

The Nittany Lions return four starters from an offensive line that gave up 44 sacks last year. They'll need to get better, and Palmer will have the most important job on the line — protecting the blindside of Christian Hackenberg. He'll likely draw matchups with the likes of Joey Bosa and Shilique Calhoun in games against Ohio State and Michigan State. Palmer will need to be at his best if Penn State is going to have any chance of finishing better than third in the division.


Defense: Grant Haley, Cornerback

With Jordan Lucas moving to safety, the Penn State secondary should be a formidable one. Haley will be the newcomer in the group and the perceived weak spot by opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks. As a result, he'll be challenged often. If he can hold his own, there is enough talent on the rest of the defense to be one of the better units in the conference.


Rutgers Scarlet Knights


Offense: Derrick Nelson, Center

With only three returning starters (excluding Paul James) on offense, Nelson will play a pivotal role in the continuity, stability and development of the Scarlet Knight offense throughout the year. He'll need to be a leader and a calming voice in both the locker room and the huddle, especially as Rutgers makes the transition to a new quarterback under a first-time offensive coordinator.


Defense: Kemoko Turay, Defensive End

Turay will need to continue to improve after earning freshman All-America honors a season ago. If he can make the move to elite status, joining the likes of Joey Bosa and Shilique Calhoun, Rutgers could end up having one of the better defenses in the division. There is NFL-caliber talent in various spots on the Scarlet Knight defense (including Turay). If they can all play to their full potential, it could be a special season for the fans that pack High Point Solutions Stadium.


Big Ten West Division


Illinois Fighting Illini


Offense: Malik Turner, Wide Receiver

Turner is the only one of the three projected top receivers without any starting experience. After losing Mike Dudek, the team's top receiver in the spring, Turner's role became much more valuable in Champaign. Running back Josh Ferguson is going to draw a lot of attention, as he'll be the focal point of the Illini offense. It will be up to the other receivers, especially Turner, to establish a solid connection with Wes Lunt in the passing game in order to keep opposing defenses guessing.


Defense: Jihad Ward, Defensive End

Ward continues to improve every season and has quietly developed into somewhat of a star in the conference. He'll need to be more effective in the pass rush, taking presser off what should be a solid and experienced secondary. If he can excel, it will go a long way in keeping the Illini out of the basement of the division and getting them back to a bowl game.


Iowa Hawkeyes


Offense: Tevaun Smith, Wide Receiver

With Jake Rudock leaving town and C.J. Beathard taking over under center, Hawkeye fans are knocking on wood that the offense will be a bit less conservative in 2015 than in past years under Kirk Ferentz. In order for that to happen, Smith is going to need to realize his full potential and establish himself as one of the best downfield threats in the conference. Doing so would only create more room for what is normally a decent running game to flourish even more and put Iowa squarely in the race for the West Division title.


Defense: Nathan Bazata, Defensive Tackle

Nate Meirer and Drew Ott might be the best defensive end duo in the conference, but they'll still need help up front. They should get it in Bazata, a former state champion wrestler who doesn't stop moving and will be the better athlete in almost every one-on-one encounter on the line. If he can develop into the unstoppable, penetrating force Iowa recruited him to be, the Hawkeye front four will be one of the most feared in the Big Ten.


Minnesota Golden Gophers


Offense: Lincoln Plsek, Tight End

There are rumblings in some circles of the Golden Gophers being the favorite to win the Big Ten West in 2015. For that to happen, someone will need to replace the playmaking ability of Maxx Williams. It looks like Plsek has drawn that assignment. He'll need to be more than just a safety net and check-down option  for Mitch Leidner in the passing game if Minnesota's offense is going to scare anyone.


Defense/Special Teams: Jalen Myrick, Cornerback/Kick Returner

Depending on the offensive sets opposing teams employ against the Gopher defense, Myrick should get a considerable amount of snaps on that side of the ball alongside two of the best corners in the conference. That said, Myrick will impact games more on special teams than anywhere else, as he might be the Big Ten's best kick returner. Obviously, his ability to create shorter trips to the end zone for Leidner and the offense will be vital to Minnesota's success. And let's not rule out the chance of Jerry Kill inserting his fastest player into a few offensive packages.


Nebraska Cornhuskers


Offense: Cethan Carter, Tight End

Nobody outside of the locker room in Lincoln knows exactly what sort of offense Mike Riley plans on installing and running. Be that as it may, we can assume he'll be some sort of pro-set where the tight end will be utilized much more than during Bo Pelini's tenure. Carter has the physical tools to be a great one — possibly good enough to play on Sundays. If he can reach his full potential, he'll only make what many believe to be the conference's best receiving corps that much more dangerous.


Defense: Michael Rose-Ivey, Linebacker

Rose-Ivey returns after missing all of 2014 with a knee injury. As a freshman in 2013, he quickly shot up the depth charts and finished the season as one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten. If he can return to anything near his 2013 form, we could be looking at the one of the best versions of the "Blackshirts" since the Tom Osborne era.


Northwestern Wildcats


Offense: Dan Vitale, Tight End/Fullback

Continuing our trend of anointing tight ends as the "Wild Card," Vitale fits the role as well as anyone. He's an extremely dynamic and athletic player for his size and you should expect Pat Fitzgerald to utilize both of those traits regularly in 2015. Someone is going to need to produce and be enough of a threat to take some of the attention off of running back Justin Jackson. Vitale should be up to the task.


Defense: Godwin Igwebuike, Safety

Igwebuike had a solid freshmen campaign in 2014, including a monster game against Wisconsin where he logged eight tackles and three interceptions. He showed flashes of greatness throughout the season and will be a key piece of one of the more seasoned secondaries in the conference. If he can improve on his 2014 performance, the Wildcat defense is going to be tough to score on.


Purdue Boilermakers


Offense: Markell Jones, Running Back

Purdue returns all five starting linemen, a starting quarterback and two starting receivers on offense. Enter Markell Jones at running back — Indiana's Mr. Football from 2014. Purdue hasn't has a player on offense the caliber of Jones since Drew Brees. He has a chance to be a Tevin Coleman-type player for the Boilermakers and could very well be the piece of the puzzle Darrell Hazell needs to turn the corner in West Lafayette.


Defense: Leroy Clark, Cornerback

Clark will line up opposite of Anthony Brown at corner and have All-Big Ten second-teamer Frankie Williams behind him at safety. With five of the front seven returning from a season ago, Clark has a chance to be a real difference-maker in an underrated secondary. An interception here or there could be enough to get Purdue bowl eligible if the offense can do its part.


Wisconsin Badgers


Offense: Michael Deiter, Guard

The running game is going to remain the bread and butter of what Wisconsin does, and that all starts up front. The Badgers only return two of five starters on the offensive line, the youngest being the freshman Deiter. Most people have Corey Clement putting up huge numbers and Wisconsin not missing much with the departure of Melvin Gordon. That won't be the case unless Deiter can step up and dominate the interior like an upperclassman.


Defense: Joe Schobert, Linebacker

Most people don't think of Wisconsin as a defensive powerhouse, but they were one of the stingiest units in the nation in 2014. They'll need to perform at the same level if they want to make a return trip to Indianapolis in 2015. Schobert will be a huge part of that. He showed flashes of greatness at times last season, most notably with his 11-tackle performance in Wisconsin's blowout win over Nebraska. He and Vince Biegel have a chance to be one of the better linebacking duos in the conference. If they are indeed that, the Badgers will likely claim their second consecutive division title.


— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Scott is the editor-in-chief of, a Big Ten site for Big Ten fans. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.

Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2015
Post date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:00
Path: /college-football/10-position-groups-under-pressure-big-12-2015

The terms “on the hot seat” or “under pressure” usually apply to quarterbacks and head coaches. After all, there’s an enormous amount of pressure on quarterbacks and coaches for any college football team. And needless to say, it’s difficult to challenge for a conference championship or national title if the quarterback play is an issue all year or if the coaching staff’s status is uncertain after a slow start.


Despite most of the preseason focus on other positions, the battles in the trenches, at linebacker, cornerback or in the receiving corps are just as important to any team’s success in 2015.


With that in mind, let’s set aside the quarterbacks and head coaches for a moment and examine some of the other positions that must produce in 2015.


10 Big 12 Position Groups Under Pressure in 2015


Baylor Defensive Backs

The Bears return four starters from a secondary ranked 70th nationally in pass efficiency defense. Junior corner Xavien Howard and safety Orion Stewart are the group’s headliners and should perform at an All-Big 12 level in 2015. But coordinator Phil Bennett needs better overall play from this unit, with Howard and Stewart elevating their performance even higher. The Bears allowed 17 passing plays of 40 yards or more last season and 24 scores through the air. Those numbers have to decrease if Baylor is to earn a spot in the four-team playoff.


Related: Big 12 2015 Predictions


Iowa State Defensive Line

The Cyclones have several position groups in need of attention after a 2-10 campaign in 2014. While running back is a position with plenty of inexperience, the defensive line is an even bigger concern for coach Paul Rhoads. Iowa State allowed 246.3 rushing yards per game last year and generated only 15 sacks – the fewest in the Big 12. That’s the bad news. The good news? This group has experienced bodies returning, and two junior college recruits – Demond Tucker and Bobby Leath – should contribute in 2015.


Kansas Wide Receivers

Improving one unit isn’t going to be enough for Kansas to reach a bowl in 2015. There’s just too many holes for coach David Beaty to address in his first year in Lawrence. With the status of quarterback Michael Cummings uncertain after a spring game knee injury, the supporting cast on offense is even more critical to the development of this group. Senior Rodriguez Coleman was dismissed from the team in June, which leaves only two out of last year’s top 10 statistical receivers. Senior Tre’ Parmalee, sophomores Bobby Hartzog and Derrick Neal will be pressed to emerge as targets for Cummings, Montell Cozart or true freshman Carter Stanley or Ryan Willis in 2015.


Kansas State Wide Receivers

Kansas State returns six starters on offense, but this unit lost its top players from last year in quarterback Jake Waters and receiver Tyler Lockett. In addition to Lockett, the receiving corps also has to replace Curry Sexton and Zach Trujillo. There’s experience returning in the way of Kody Cook (20 catches last year), Deante Burton and Kyle Klein. But is one of these players capable of replacing the big-play ability that Lockett brought to the offense?


Oklahoma Defensive Backs

A couple of position groups could be listed here for Oklahoma, including the offensive or defensive lines or the receiving corps. But the secondary deserves a mention in this space, as the Sooners fell from 29th nationally in pass efficiency defense (2013) to 55th last year. Oklahoma also allowed 24 passing plays of 30 yards or more (tied for sixth in the conference). Junior Zack Sanchez should be a candidate for All-America honors, but who will step up around him? Sophomores Jordan Thomas (CB) and Steven Parker (S) are two names to watch.


Related: Ranking the Big 12's Coaches for 2015


Oklahoma State Offensive Line

Flip a coin between running backs and offensive line here. Considering it’s easier to reload at running back than in the trenches, we’ll go with the five guys up front in this space. Oklahoma State’s offensive line struggled last year, allowing 40 sacks in 13 contests. But there’s hope for quick improvement in 2015. UAB transfer Victor Salako is penciled in at left tackle, and sophomore Zachary Crabtree is a rising star on the right side. This group should be better with a full offseason to mesh, and will have plenty of time during the regular season to grow before three critical games in November.


Related: College Football's Top Transfers to Watch in 2015


TCU Linebackers

There are few areas of concern for coach Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs finished 2014 at 12-1 overall, and Patterson’s team is in good shape to push for a playoff bid once again. Although defense is usually a strength for TCU, this unit does have a few critical areas of concern. The secondary loses three All-Big 12 performers, and the linebacking corps must replace standouts Marcus Mallet and first-team All-Big 12 selection in Pawl Dawson. Proven experience is thin here, and true freshman Mike Freeze and junior Sammy Douglas finished spring as the favorites to start.


Related: Big 12 2015 All-Conference Team


Texas Wide Receivers

It’s no secret quarterback play is still the biggest concern for Texas headed into its second year under Charlie Strong. But quarterbacks also need a good supporting cast to succeed. Running back Johnathan Gray is a good place to start the ground attack, and the offensive line should improve with four starters back and better depth. But the receiving corps is a concern for Strong, as John Harris and Jaxon Shipley both expired their eligibility. Senior Marcus Johnson (27 catches) is the top returning target, and there’s promising youngsters in the mix, including sophomore Lorenzo Joe, junior Jacorey Warrick and true freshman John Burt.


Texas Tech Defensive Line

Fixing the defense was the top priority for coach Kliff Kingsbury this offseason. The first step was hiring David Gibbs to work as the team’s coordinator. Now, Gibbs has to find the right pieces to run his scheme and improve a defense that allowed a whopping 41.3 points per game in 2014. Winning the defensive battle starts up front, and the Red Raiders have a key senior returning in standout Pete Robertson. But outside of Robertson, who will step up? Seniors Rika Levi and Keland McElrath need to plug the interior better, while Branden Jackson should anchor the other end spot. Developing depth and better overall play is a must.


Related: College Football's Top Coordinators on the Rise for 2015


West Virginia Wide Receivers

It’s safe to assume a Dana Holgorsen-coached offense will continue to rank among the Big 12’s best even with a few personnel question marks. But in order for Holgorsen to elevate West Virginia in the conference standings, the play of the receiving corps will be under the spotlight. No. 1 target Kevin White (109 catches) and Mario Alford (65) have expired their eligibility, leaving Jordan Thompson, Daikiel Shorts and Shelton Gibson as the top returning options at wide receiver. Running back Wendell Smallwood may also see time on the outside to help alleviate the losses of Alford and White. Incoming freshmen Gary Jennings and Jovon Durante, along with junior college recruit Ka’Raun White (Kevin’s brother) may also crack the rotation. 

10 Position Groups Under Pressure in the Big 12 for 2015
Post date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 09:30
All taxonomy terms: Golf, Overtime
Path: /overtime/mike-francesa-destroys-fox-golf-coverage-us-open-buck-jordan-spieth

"They need a lot of work."


Those are the words of Mike Francesa in regards to Fox's U.S. Open coverage. While on Fox himself, the host went in on the network and sided with the majority of people saying Fox did a horrible job.


The classic line he delivers is, "I could sit here and bury Fox," and then actually proceeds to do it. 


Post date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 09:19
All taxonomy terms: NBA, Overtime
Path: /overtime/andre-iguodala-says-he-has-secret-notebook-guard-lebron-james-warriors-jimmy-kimmel-live-klay-thompson

Andre Iguodala is having fun after his championship run. 


The Finals MVP talked to Jimmy Kimmel about his secret notebook in his head that he uses to guard LeBron James. It must've worked because once he was inserted into the starting lineup, the Warriors started winning and the rest was history.



Iguodala also shared the "turn up ratings" for the Warriors in Las Vegas, in which Draymond Green won. Klay Thompson is a close second and who could blame the young team? They worked hard, and definitely played hard. The fun-filled summer is only beginning.


Post date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 09:01
Path: /nfl/nfc-south-players-will-need-step-2015

The NFC South was easily the worst division as a whole last season, producing not only the worst team in the league, but also no team over .500. However, that means the division is really up for grabs, and one team has to make the playoffs.


Related: NFC West Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015


Take a look at some of the key players for each NFC South team for the upcoming season:


Michael Oher, Left Tackle, Carolina Panthers (1st place, 7-8-1)


The Panthers' offensive line struggled last year, and they tried to make some upgrades during the offseason. However, bringing in Oher seems like a strange move, as he was ranked as one of the worst tackles last season. There’s a reason why the Titans only kept him for one year out of his four-year contract. The Panthers need this improvement along the line, and they need Oher to return to the form that was really only present early in his career. Perhaps it will work, but if he plays like last year, then they’re in trouble.


Another player to watch: running back Jonathan Stewart


Jairus Byrd, Free Safety, New Orleans Saints (2nd place, 7-9)


The Saints' defense was really bad last year, against both the run and pass, but this side of the ball should see improvement with some key signings and returns from injury. Byrd is a three-time Pro Bowler, but was lost to a season-ending injury after the fourth game. New Orleans gave him a huge contract as a free agent last year, and the team is going to expect big returns from it. The Saints have one of the league’s best offensives, but they need a halfway decent defense if they want to win some more games.


Another player to watch: defensive end Akiem Hicks


Robert Alford, Cornerback, Atlanta Falcons (3rd place, 6-10)


The Falcons, like the Saints, struggled mightily on defense, ranking last against the pass. They already have one elite, lockdown cornerback in Desmond Trufant, but the other side is where needs help. Alford will start there for the second straight year, but his season was cut short last year by an injury. Atlanta needs him to really pan out and avoid penalties, as this defense has questions at safety. The Falcons need to show improvement on pass defense, but then again there's only way to go after finishing dead last in 2014.


Other players to watch: free safeties Charles Godfrey/Kemal Ishmael/Ricardo Allen


Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4th place, 2-14)


As the worst team in the league last year, the Bucs need a lot of improvement almost everywhere. However, they are all in on Winston as being the future of this team, after taking the controversial signal-caller with the first pick in the draft. He’ll be starting from day one, and this team badly needs him to succeed right away. He has a bit more urgency than does Marcus Mariota with the Titans, especially with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans as his receivers. He’ll still need his offensive line and running game to step up, but the weapons are there for him.


Another player to watch: running back Doug Martin

NFC South Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015
Post date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 09:00
Path: /college-football/florida-state-makes-slight-change-helmets-2015

Florida State unveiled new uniforms, an updated logo and helmet design last season. And after one year, the Seminoles are making a slight tweak to the helmets for 2015.


Last year’s helmets featured crossing spears at the back. However, the Seminoles plan on altering the helmets to not have the spears cross paths.


Check out last year’s helmets, followed by the 2015 update: 








Florida State Makes Slight Change to Helmets for 2015
Post date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 08:30
Path: /mlb/red-sox-retire-pedro-martinezs-number

Just two days after Pedro Martinez will join fellow Red Sox legends, such as Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, and Carlton Fisk, in the Baseball Hall of Fame, he will also be immortalized next to them at Fenway Park. On July 28, the Boston Red Sox will retire his infamous No. 45 at Fenway Park, becoming the ninth for the team.


Arguably the Boston Red Sox best pitcher of all time, Pedro went to eight All Star Games, won three Cy Young awards, and helped bring Boston its first World Series championship in 86 years. His career 219-100 record, coupled with a 2.93 ERA secured his spot in the Hall of Fame in his first eligible year. One of the greatest in his generations, he dominated in an era known for steroids and power hitters.

Take a look below at one of Pedro's iconic photos:


Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 16:10
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime
Path: /overtime/benjamin-watson-post-heartfelt-saints-south-carolina-confederate-flag

Benjamin Watson is always at the forefront of social issues. 


During the Ferguson protests, the Saints tight end posted a moving speech regarding the situation and it quickly went viral. 


"Not everyone who embraced the flag embraced prejudice and supremacy alike," Watson said. He continued into past stories about the flag, and that not all people who want to keep it are bad.


"If we remove the Confederate flag from the State Capitol for any reason other than a change in the hearts of South Carolinians, we may as well leave it be. This is not the time for political statements and worrying about national perception. But if we, like my friend Frank, finally listen to the cries and concerns of those we say we care about, soften our hearts, and choose to lay our liberties aside to assuage the pain of our brothers, the only suitable option would be a unanimous decision to remove the flag from the public grounds at the Palmetto State Capitol. The past and it's people, as acclaimed or afflicted as they may be, should always be remembered. But it is difficult to completely "move forward" if painful, divisive icons continue to stand unchallenged."



It's hard to explain how I feel when I see the rebel flag. The emotional bucket overflows with anger, trepidation,...

Posted by Benjamin Watson on Monday, June 22, 2015


The full statement is worth a read.

Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 15:59
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Overtime
Path: /overtime/south-carolina-players-and-coaches-call-confederate-flag-be-taken-down

The momentum for the Confederate flag to be taken down in South Carolina is gaining.


After a video of Steve Spurrier in 2007 voicing his displeasure of the flag surfaced, others Gamecocks are making their opinions known. The school's president, Harris Pastides issued a statement on the flag and how it needs to be removed from State House grounds.








Former Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw is in full agreement with the sentiment to stand united and remove the flag.


Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 15:25
All taxonomy terms: AFC, AFC East, New England Patriots, Tom Brady, NFL, News
Path: /nfl/tom-bradys-appeal-begins-tomorrow-ted-wells-present

On Tuesday, Tom Brady will go before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to plead his appeal on the four-game suspension he was handed for Deflategate. While Goodell will be the one deciding the fate of Brady initially, the NFL now says that Ted Wells will also be at the meeting. The attorney, who crafted the report that found that it was “more probable than not” that Brady knew about the deflated balls, will be present to answer questions from both sides.


Having Wells present seems to better benefit Goodell’s side, as he will look to further support the extensive report he already wrote. Brady will have a difficult appeal process that is set to begin tomorrow and end by Thursday at the latest. The NFLPA and Brady’s lawyer will all be there to attempt to exonerate the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. 

Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 15:25
All taxonomy terms: Overtime
Path: /overtime/odell-beckham-jr-bryce-harper-among-24-athletes-espns-body-issue-kevin-love-demarcus-cousins

If the body is a work of art, the athletes in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue have the Mona Lisa.


Up-and-coming wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Nationals star Bryce Harper, and Cavaliers addition Kevin Love will be among those to bare it all for the annual magazine issue.


"I've always wanted to do the Body Issue," Harper told ESPN. "I want to put a baseball there."



Choosing the right athletes is always difficult, as they each have unique bodies. 


"Our goal is to continue to evolve the issue year after year," ESPN The Magazine and editor-in-chief Chad Millman said. "The ability to capture both the strength and vulnerability of these extraordinary athletes through such powerful images and introspective interviews is incredibly moving."


ESPN THE Magazine Body Issue will hit newsstands July 10.

Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 14:39
All taxonomy terms: Dwyane Wade, NBA, News
Path: /nba/dwyane-wades-father-dons-cavaliers-gear

A lot of people became Cleveland Cavaliers fans when Lebron came back to the team. However, one would think that Dwyane Wade’s father would be a passionate supporter of the Miami Heat, the team his son has spent his entire career with. The confusion comes about after Dwyane Wade Sr. sported a Cavaliers shirt while speaking at a Father’s Day church event.


For most players, this would seem simply like a really strange choice of attire for a father to wear. But for Dwyane Wade, this seems like some type of omen. Wade has been commonly linked to free agency rumors, including teaming up again with Lebron James in Cleveland, although limited cap room makes that unlikely. Every little instance adds to further speculation, so it will be interesting to see if there is any upcoming reason for why his father donned Cavs’ gear. 

Take a look below at what he wore:


Dwane wade's dad speaking at my church !! Happy fathers day everyone

A photo posted by Christopher Acevedo (@christovedo) on


Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 14:29
All taxonomy terms: Cincinnati Reds, Pete Rose, MLB, News
Path: /mlb/new-report-shows-pete-rose-bet-baseball-player

Pete Rose has been widely known as one of the MLB’s greatest and controversial players. While as a manager for the Cincinnati Reds, the team he spent most of his career with, he bet on baseball games. Gambling on one’s own sport is clearly prohibited and is considered one of the most atrocious crimes in sports. His actions led the MLB to ban him from baseball and the Hall of Fame.


He maintained that he only bet on baseball as a manager and never threw games to make money. However, a new report shows that he actually did bet on baseball as a player, something he adamantly has denied. Documents now provide evidence that during his last playing year in 1986, he bet on MLB games (in addition to other sports), including his own team. With this new information, it seems highly unlikely that Pete Rose will ever be reinstated to the MLB, which he has publicly desired for so long. 

See one of the key documents below:


Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 13:34
All taxonomy terms: NBA, Overtime
Path: /overtime/phil-jackson-says-lebron-james-travels-knicks-cavaliers-playoffs

Phil Jackson doesn't coach anymore but that doesn't mean he's at a lost for words when it comes to the game. 


During an interview with Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, the Knicks president talks about how the game has changed, and it's not all for the better. Jackson says it's drifted away from being a team sport. 


"Four guys stand around watching one guy dribble a basketball," Jackson said.


He then comes after one of the best players in the NBA right now.


"I watch LeBron James, for example," Jackson said. "He might [travel] every other time he catches the basketball if he's off the ball. He catches the ball, moves both his feet. You see it happen all the time. There's no structure, there's no disciple, there's no 'How do we play this game' type of attitude. And it goes all the way through the game. To the poing where not guys don't screen—they push off guys with their hands."


Jackson has never been one to shy away from issuing public comments on the game or its players.


Not so zen for someone with the nickname "The Zen Master."

Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 13:10
Path: /mlb/king-felixs-son-flashes-arm-game

There have been plenty of successful father-son combos in sports, ranging from Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. to Archie Manning and sons Peyton and Eli. Usually, not much is made of these family ties until the sons reach the pros, or at least college. Yet, Felix Hernandez’s six-year-old son Jeremy already has people ogling at his arm.


As part of a Father’s Day celebration hosted by the Mariners, four children of current players threw out the first pitch before the game. The first three tossed some soft lobs, but Jeremy invoked some of his father’s mannerisms. He took this pitch seriously, highlighted by his focused facial expression and full pitching motion. He rocketed the ball with strong control, gathering a loud cheer from the crowd in awe of King Felix’s son. The pitch sent the elder Hernandez back a few feet, who had to catch the heater. Maybe one day he will follow in his father’s footsteps to the Major Leagues as the heir to the throne.

Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 12:50
All taxonomy terms: NFL, News
Path: /nfl/2015-nfl-player-rankings-wide-receivers

Just like last year, Athlon Sports' 2015 NFL Preview magazine includes NFL player rankings at every position. The rankings in the magazine are provided by Dan Shonka of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services, a company that's been in the football talent evaluation business for more than three decades.


Related: 2015 NFL Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

There is no lack of talent at wide receiver right now, considering Calvin Johnson, who set the single-season record for receiving yards (1,964) in 2012, is fourth on this list. And in case you were curious as to why Green Bay's offense is considered one of the best in the league, look no further than the fact that Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb give the Packers a pair of top 10 wideouts to go with the a top-10 running back and the No. 1 quarterback in the game.


Rankings courtesy of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services


Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL


2015 NFL Player Rankings: Wide Receivers


1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

Was voted All-Pro after setting a Steelers single-season record with 1,698 yards and 129 receptions. Brown is dangerous in space with his vision, quickness, and elusiveness.


2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver

The big, explosive receiver has the strength to beat bump coverage and the burst to get up the field and separate. Also has the size to run all the inside routes.


3. Dez Bryant, Dallas

Was voted first-team All-Pro and is a big play waiting to happen. The mercurial receiver averaged 15.0 yards per catch and 82.5 yards per game. Productive with 88 catches, 1,320 yards and a league-high 16 TD receptions.


4. Calvin Johnson, Detroit

For the sixth time in the last seven seasons, Megatron caught at least 70 passes and had at least 1,000 yards receiving.


5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay

Nelson has soft, suction-cup-type hands. The competitive receiver is particularly productive between the hash marks. Has topped 1,000 yards in three of the last four seasons.


6. Julio Jones, Atlanta

After missing 11 games in 2013 with injuries, the ex-Alabama receiver reminded opponents they must account for him.


7. Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants

The reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year started out slowly due to injuries, but more than got up to speed from Weeks 5 through 16, catching 91 balls for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.


8. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver

Highly productive in the Broncos’ time-share offense. The hand catcher runs crisp and sharp routes. Excels tracking and adjusting to Peyton Manning’s deep passes.


9. Randall Cobb, Green Bay

Re-signed in the offseason with the Packers after catching 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 TDs in 2014. He played in only six games the previous year but made his contract year count.


10. T.Y. Hilton,  Indianapolis

Became the sixth player in NFL history to record 10 100-yard receiving games in the first two seasons of a career. Hilton’s 2014 numbers: 82 receptions, 1,345 yards, 16.4 yards per catch and seven TDs.


11. A.J. Green, Cincinnati 

12. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago

13. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay

15. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City

16. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina

17. Julian Edelman, New England

18. Golden Tate, Detroit     

19. Andre Johnson, Indianapolis

20. Rueben Randle, N.Y. Giants

21. Jarvis Landry, Miami    

22. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco

23. Doug Baldwin, Seattle

24. Keenan Allen, San Diego

25. Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets

26. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay

27. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo

28. Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets

29. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

30. Steve Smith, Baltimore

2015 NFL Player Rankings: Wide Receivers
Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 12:00
Path: /nfl/saints-junior-galette-allegedly-part-2013-beach-brawl

The NFL has dealt with too many off the field issues recently, especially involving assault. Now, another incident has evolved, this time with Saints linebacker Junior Galette, who allegedly attacked a dancer earlier in the year. Those charges were dismissed, but a video from 2013 has surfaced that seems to show him whipping a woman with a belt on a Miami beach.


The video appears to display a group fight between several men and women that shows many vicious punches and kicks. Galette’s lawyer has spoken out against the video, claiming that it is not actually his client in that video. Yet, the Saints have been made aware of this video and sent it to the NFL to review. Coincidentally, Galette is expected to learn his fate this week during a meeting with the NFL about the earlier 2015 incident. 

Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:54
Path: /nfl/afc-west-players-will-need-step-2015

Denver has won four straight AFC West titles and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon with Peyton Manning at the helm. However, just two seasons ago, three teams from the division made the playoffs, and Kansas City and San Diego could get back there in 2015. Oakland still appears to have a long way to go, but this division may be in position to potentially repeat its 2013 success.


Related: AFC North Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015


Take a look at some of the key AFC West players that could be pivotal to their respective team's success this season:

Ty Sambrailo, Left Tackle, Denver

Broncos (1st place, 12-4)


There may not be a more pressured position than the one rookie Sambrailo has been put in, as four-time Pro Bowler Ryan Clady’s season ended following a torn ACL suffered during OTAs. Now, the second-round pick from Colorado State could be tasked with protecting the blindside of a future Hall of Famer. With a newly implemented zone-blocking scheme and a 39-year-old quarterback, Sambrailo will have to be excellent in pass protection. Losing the injury-ridden Clady is a crushing blow, and there should be some concern about filling the most critical spot on the offensive line.


Another player to watch: running back C.J. Anderson


Jeremy Maclin/Albert Wilson,

Wide Receivers, Kansas City

Chiefs (2nd place, 9-7)


Yes, Maclin is a Pro Bowler and coming off of his best season, but his selection here is more about the Chiefs' struggle at wide receiver last year. They finished the season with no touchdowns from their wideouts and were 29th in passing offense. Alex Smith is no slouch at quarterback and even with a punchless passing game, Kansas City managed to win nine games and just missed making the playoffs. Thus, Maclin needs to continue his strong play, and Wilson, the second-year target who emerged late in 2014, will certainly be needed to complement the Chiefs' new No. 1 wide receiver.


Another player to watch: cornerback Phillip Gaines



Linebacker Manti Te’o, San

Diego Chargers (3rd place, 9-7)


The embattled linebacker whose off the field issues once overshadowed his football career looks to continue his development as a pro. The Chargers' rushing defense ranked near the very bottom of the league last season, so they need to clean that up. He was strong in coverage for them last year, but he must do more to help stop the run. Like Kansas City, San Diego appears to be on the verge of getting back to the postseason, and Te’o could potentially be a difference-maker.


Another player to watch: running back Melvin Gordon



Running back Latavius Murray,

Oakland Raiders (4th place, 3-13)


Oakland was last in rushing offense last season, and that played a role in another forgettable season. Their leading rusher, Darren McFadden, is now gone, although that really isn’t much of a blow to this team. His limited production won’t be forgotten, but that puts the load on Murray to help jumpstart the team’s running game. He had a few big runs last season, but overall he wasn’t very effective either. But as the full-time starter now, he’ll get more carries, and the Raiders need him to produce, in addition to do his part in protecting Derek Carr.


Other players to watch: cornerbacks D.J. Hayden, Ketih McGill, and T.J. Carrie

AFC West Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015
Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:30
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime
Path: /overtime/cam-newton-makes-deflategate-joke-about-tom-brady-panthers-patriots

The Tom Brady jokes never stop. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the latest to try his hand at one.


Newton was just throwing around the old pigskin and someone gave him a ball that may have been deflated. Uh oh.


"What is that, Tom Brady?" Newton joked.


Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:14
All taxonomy terms: Overtime, News
Path: /overtime/jordan-spieth-wins-us-open-dustin-johnson-falters-18

Jordan Spieth won the US Open and seemed to be destined to win it. He played extremely well on the difficult course, and it appeared as if everybody in attendance wanted the 21-year old to win his second career major. With a small lead, Spieth double bogeyed on the 17th hole, which then led to a tie with Dustin Johnson, who was playing just behind him. A strong 18th hole, however, gave him an eagle chance. He ended up settling on a birdie, giving him a one-stroke advantage.


Then, Dustin Johnson, best known for his off-the-course issues, approached the 18th hole green in only two shots, also giving him opportunities at eagle and the US Open title. He narrowly missed the shot, but he was still in a strong position to tie and force an 18-hole playoff. On his birdie shot, he gently nudged the ball towards the hole. The ball caressed the edge of the cup, but moved past it, giving Spieth the dramatic victory. 

Look below to see just how close Dustin Johnson's putts were:

Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:14
Path: /college-football/14-position-groups-under-pressure-sec-2015

The terms “on the hot seat” or “under pressure” usually apply to quarterbacks and head coaches. After all, there’s an enormous amount of pressure on quarterbacks and coaches for any college football team. And needless to say, it’s difficult to challenge for a conference championship or national title if the quarterback play is an issue all year or if the coaching staff’s status is uncertain after a slow start.


Despite most of the preseason focus on other positions, the battles in the trenches, at linebacker, cornerback or in the receiving corps are just as important to any team’s success in 2015.


With that in mind, let’s set aside the quarterbacks and head coaches for a moment and examine some of the other positions that must produce in 2015.


14 SEC Position Groups Under Pressure in 2015


Alabama Defensive Backs

The receiving corps also deserves a mention here, but Alabama’s defense has to do a better job against the pass if this team wants to win the national title in 2015. Two starters return in the secondary in senior Cyrus Jones and junior Eddie Jackson. However, there’s a glaring void at safety with Landon Collins off to the NFL. Replacing Collins is expected to be senior Geno Smith or sophomore Hootie Jones, while sophomore Tony Brown and redshirt freshman Marlon Humphrey need to step up in the battle to start opposite of Cyrus Jones at cornerback. True freshmen Kendall Sheffield or Minkah Fitzpatrick may also factor in the mix. After giving up 19 pass plays of 30 yards or more last year, the Crimson Tide need better play from this unit.


Related: SEC Football 2015 Predictions


Arkansas Wide Receivers

It’s a tossup between wide receiver or defensive end for Arkansas. The Razorbacks may not have a standout end like Trey Flowers, but the overall depth has improved to alleviate some of the pass rush concerns. At receiver, Keon Hatcher is back after catching 43 passes for 558 yards and six scores last year. And tight end Hunter Henry is poised for another solid season after grabbing 37 passes for 513 yards in 2014. But who will emerge as consistent No. 3 or No. 4 options for quarterback Brandon Allen? Is it sophomore Jared Cornelius? Or will juniors Cody Hollister or Drew Morgan fill that void?


Related: Ranking College Football's Best Running Back Tandems


Auburn Defensive Backs

With Will Muschamp calling the defensive signals, and end Carl Lawson back from injury, Auburn should show improvement after giving up 26.7 points per game in 2014. Getting Lawson and the performance of the defensive line on track is a key priority for Muschamp, but the secondary also needs attention after giving up 22 passing scores last year. Senior corner Jonathan Jones and junior safety Johnathan Ford are candidates for All-SEC honors, while additional help is expected to come in the form of transfers Tray Matthews (Georgia) and Blake Countess (Michigan). Depth is a concern here.


Related: Ranking All 128 College Football Coaches for 2015


Florida Offensive Line

While the uncertainty at quarterback is a concern for Jim McElwain, the offensive line is probably the group keeping the first-year coach up at night. The Gators return only one starter (Trip Thurman), and depth is a major issue. This unit showed improvement under the direction of Mike Summers last season, and the veteran coach was retained by McElwain. Summers does have talent to build around, including sophomore David Sharpe at left tackle and five-star recruit Martez Ivey. Fordham graduate transfer Mason Halter is also expected to factor in the mix.


Georgia Wide Receivers

As we mentioned above, there’s no doubt quarterback play is the No. 1 concern on any roster. Georgia enters fall camp with uncertainty under center, as Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta are locked into a tight battle for the top spot. But regardless of which player starts, the Bulldogs will be looking for improved play at receiver. Chris Conley and Michael Bennett expired their eligibility, leaving tight end Jeb Blazevich and receiver Malcolm Mitchell as the top targets. Will Mitchell stay healthy? And who steps up outside of Mitchell this year? Those are two key questions to watch in Athens.


Related: SEC Football 2015 Predictions


Kentucky Defensive End/Rush Linebackers

There’s no doubt Kentucky will miss Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith as the defense’s top edge rushers. Dupree played the hybrid rush end position under coach Mark Stoops, while Smith was the Wildcats’ top defensive end. This duo combined for 12 of Kentucky’s 27 sacks last year. Who will replace that production off a defense that struggled (31.3 points per game) in 2014? Junior Jason Hatcher is one answer at edge rusher, while seniors Farrington Huguenin and Cory Johnson will be tasked with replacing Smith’s production.


LSU Defensive Ends

Make no mistake: Talent is not an issue for LSU in the trenches. The Tigers are anchored on the interior by junior Christian LaCouture and rising star in sophomore Davon Godchaux. But the pass rush is a concern for new coordinator Kevin Steele. Since LSU led the SEC with 38 sacks in 2011, the Tigers have watched their sack total decline for three consecutive seasons. Last year, LSU managed only 19 sacks in 13 games, with Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter (combined for 5.5 sacks) off to the NFL. Steele plans on incorporating more 3-4 looks, which adds to the uncertainty of the end/linebacker position. Juniors Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal and sophomore Deondre Clark are three names to watch off the edge, along with true freshman Arden Key (assuming he makes it to campus).


Related: SEC Football 2015 All-Conference Team


Mississippi State Offensive Line

A number of positions could be listed here for the Bulldogs. But on the bright side, coach Dan Mullen has upgraded the talent through recruiting in recent years. Only two starters return up front for Mississippi State, with left tackle Blaine Clausell, center Dillon Day and guard Ben Beckwith expiring their eligibility. Junior Justin Senior may switch to left tackle to replace Clausell or that job could fall to senior Rufus Warren. Guard Justin Malone should be among the best in the SEC. How quickly will the Bulldogs find the right mix at the other three spots? Will junior college recruit Martinas Rankin claim a starting job this fall?


Missouri Wide Receivers

Defensive end also deserves a mention in this space after Missouri loses Shane Ray and Markus Golden, but the Tigers have reloaded there in recent years without much trouble. The same could be said for Missouri’s recent history at receiver, and there is talent to work with for quarterback Maty Mauk. However, the Tigers must replace their top four leading receivers from last season, with Nate Brown (five) and Wesley Leftwich (three) returning as the top options on the outside. 


Ole Miss Offensive Line

There are few areas of concern for coach Hugh Freeze in 2015. However, the two biggest problem spots – quarterback and offensive line – are enough to prevent this team from winning the SEC West. In 13 games last season, the Rebels allowed 31 sacks and generated just 3.9 yards per carry in conference play. With all five starters back in the trenches, Freeze should expect better play up front. The anchor is junior Laremy Tunsil, but he is recovering from a leg injury suffered in the Peach Bowl loss against TCU. Depth and overall talent in this group has improved. Will the performance and improvement show on the field this year?


Related: Ranking All 128 College Football Coaches for 2015


South Carolina Defensive Line

After giving up 30.4 points per game last year, it’s fair to say every unit on South Carolina’s defense must improve. Getting the defense back on track has to start up front. The Gamecocks addressed this unit through recruiting, adding junior college recruit Marquavius Lewis and talented freshman Dexter Wideman. Both players, along with Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr. are critical pieces for a unit that generated only 14 sacks and gave up 212.2 rushing yards per game in 2014.


Tennessee Offensive Line

The Volunteers had to replace all five starters from its 2013 unit last season. And it was no surprise this group had its share of struggles, allowing 43 sacks in 13 games and generating only 3.6 yards per carry. The inconsistency and development of this group last year should pay dividends for 2015. Tennessee returns four starters this season, and the depth has improved with the addition of talented freshmen Drew Richmond and Jack Jones. If this group takes a step forward in its development, the Volunteers should have one of the SEC’s top offenses.


Related: SEC Football 2015 Predictions


Texas A&M Linebackers

With John Chavis calling the defensive signals for Texas A&M, improvement should be noticeable in 2015. Personnel concerns still exist at each level, including linebacker where the Aggies struggled with injuries and overall performance last year. But there’s hope for quick improvement in 2015, as sophomore Otaro Alaka is one of the SEC’s breakout players this year, and junior A.J. Hilliard is back from a leg injury that sidelined him nearly all of 2014. Junior college recruit Claude George is also pushing for snaps, while the Aggies expect sophomore (and former four-star prospect) Josh Walker to take a step forward this season.


Related: Stop Arguing: The SEC West is College Football's Best Division


Vanderbilt Offensive Line

Quarterback play is easily the biggest concern for new coordinator Andy Ludwig. But regardless of which player takes the first snap, the offensive line has to improve its protection and run blocking. The Commodores featured four returning starters last season, yet this unit allowed 21 sacks and rushers averaged only 3.4 yards per carry. A year later, the same storyline is set to unfold. Four starters are back, and the starting group is expected to feature three juniors and one senior. That’s the type of experience that usually translates to improved production. 

14 Position Groups Under Pressure in the SEC for 2015
Post date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:00
Path: /college-football/examining-overunder-2015-win-totals-conference-usa-west-division

Conference USA's West Division isn't as talented as its East brethren, which means this is a wide-open race. Louisiana Tech and Rice figure to lead the way with Southern Miss and UTEP as potential wild cards. 


Related: 2015 Conference USA Predictions, Projected Records and Awards 


There are six teams in Conference USA's West Division. This article will apply the win totals from one online sportsbook and discuss if there is any value in these numbers. A selection is made based on the team's schedule, in which the games are broken down into three categories - easy wins, toss-ups and certain losses. Most conference games are in the toss-up category unless there is a clear difference in talent.  


Note: Over/under odds courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook


Conference USA West Division


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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


Record Last Year: 9-5, 7-1


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


Offense: Everything on this side of the ball starts with Kenneth Dixon carrying the football. Last year he had 28 touchdowns with 22 of them coming on the ground. Florida graduate transfer Jeff Driskel figures to win the starting quarterback job and if he does, he'll have three returning wide receivers to throw to. The front line also is strong so the offense could be just as productive as last year's (37.4 ppg). 


Defense: The Bulldogs were 17th in the country against the run, holding opponents to just 118.2 ypg. Xavier Woods and Kentrell Brice are both playmakers in the secondary while the front line returns several starters. The potential problems occur at linebacker where reshuffling will occur.


Schedule: Louisiana Tech has a home game against Southern before it plays five of the next eight on the road. The Bulldogs travel to Kansas State and Mississippi State out of conference. The final non C-USA game is at home against the Sun Belt's UL Lafayette. 


Selection: Small lean to the under for Louisiana Tech, who may be a bit road weary to start the year out. The non-conference slate should give the Bulldogs two wins, but they have some swing games later on in November. Coordinator Manny Diaz's departure will hurt this defense.


North Texas Mean Green

(Over 5 wins -120...Under 5 wins -120)


Record Last Year: 4-8, 2-6


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


Offense: This was one of the worst passing attacks in the country last year. North Texas brings back Andrew McNulty under center, but he threw seven interceptions compared to just six touchdowns in six games. He's got a few weapons in seniors Marcus Smith and Carlos Harris. The Problem is that the offensive line is going to be young. This unit could struggle. 


Defense: Chad Polk leads the returnees with 5.5 sacks. He has help in Austin Orr and Sir Calvin Wallace up front. The rest of the defense is going to be pretty young and may struggle to start the season out.


Schedule: Yikes. The Mean Green play at SMU, Iowa and Tennessee out of conference. They do have one home game against Portland State. Three of the first four and three of the last four contests are all on the road. 


Selection: Big-time lean to the under for the Mean Green. The youth on this team will struggle big time with the massive road stretches. The offense doesn't have too many pieces and the defense is in rebuilding mode. It could be a long year in Denton.


Rice Owls

(Over 7.5 wins -115...Under 7.5 wins -125)


Record Last Year: 8-5, 5-3


Returning Starters: 7 (5 on offense, 2 on defense)


Offense: If Driphus Jackson can get healthy, then this unit should be able to produce some points. Jackson had 24 touchdowns for the Owls last year and he'll have Jowan Davis and Darik Dillard back to keep defenses honest on the ground. The receiving corps needs some work after losing Jordan Taylor.


Defense: Rice returns just two starters from last year's defense. The front line lost two big pieces and will have to rely on some younger players. Alex Lyons led the team in tackles last year and will be counted on once again this season.


Schedule: Wagner kicks things off in before three straight road games including tilts at Baylor and Texas. The last non-conference game is Army in October when the Owls play three of four at home. 


Selection: Slight lean to the under. While the offense should click early, the defensive issues could hold Rice back. Road games against Big 12 opponents as well as Florida Atlantic will prove problematic. I'm not as optimistic as Vegas on this team.


Southern Miss Golden Eagles

(Over 4.5 wins +115...Under 4.5 wins -155)


Record Last Year: 3-9, 1-7


Returning Starters: 10 (7 on offense, 3 on defense)


Offense: Another long year could be coming for this unit. Nick Mullens and Tyler Matthews are potential signal-callers and they'll have a veteran offensive line to work with. Running back Ito Smith is just 5-9 and led the team with 536 rushing yards last year. Southern Miss will need more from the ground game this season if it hopes to move the ball with any success.


Defense: The Golden Eagles ranked 109th in the country last year at 35.4 points per game allowed. This year's unit may be just as rough with just three returning starters. Picasso Nelson hopes to paint a masterpiece from the secondary.


Schedule: Southern Miss welcomes Mississippi State to Hattiesburg to open up the year. After that probable loss the Golden Eagles host Austin Peay before road games at Texas State and Nebraska. They have tough road games at Marshall, Rice and Louisiana Tech in conference.


Selection: The money move towards the under is the correct side. This is another team that will struggle to slow anyone down defensively. Much like last year, the offense will be a problem and Todd Monken's seat will get even hotter.


UTEP Miners

(Over 6 wins -120...Under 6 wins -120)


Record Last Year: 7-6, 5-3


Returning Starters: 11 (6 on offense, 5 on defense)


Offense: Quarterback Jameill Showers is gone after a solid 2014 campaign. Mack Leftwich will be under center and will be glad to have running back Aaron Jones to hand off to. The junior accounted for over 1,500 yards last year and should be able to find holes behind one of the best offensive lines in the conference.


Defense: The Miners run a solid 4-2-5 defense and were one of the best against the pass last year, holding opponents to under 200 yards passing per game. This is an underrated group that could get pressure with Nick Usher and Roy Robertson-Harris up front. 


Schedule: Three straight on the road start things off for the Miners. Included in that stretch are games at Arkansas and Texas Tech. The other two non-conference games are Incarnate Word and New Mexico State. Starting in October, UTEP alternates home and road games in conference. 


Selection: The under is the play here but it's close. UTEP could go 0-3 before its first home game on Sept. 26. Getting FAU, Rice and Louisiana Tech at home will help, although each team presents their own challenges.


UTSA Roadrunners

(Over 2.5 wins -170...Under 2.5 wins +130)


Record Last Year: 4-8, 3-5


Returning Starters: 3 (0 on offense, 3 on defense)


Offense: Last year's veteran team has turned into a ton of youth this year. UTSA struggled down the stretch, losing four of its last six and mustering just 80 points in those games. It's rare to find a unit on either side of the ball that returns no one from last year. Such are the perils of being a relatively new program.  


Defense: The defense returns just three starters. Drew Douglas leads the way after making 72 tackles last year. The Roadrunners held four opponents to 20 points or less last year.


Schedule: Larry Coker's bunch will be tested with road games at Arizona and Oklahoma State to go with home contests against Kansas State and Colorado State. Three of four tilts in October are on the road before three of four home games in November. 


Selection: I tried real hard to take the under. The lack of returnees is highly concerning, plus the real rough start in September. Normally I'd have no problems with the under, but Coker's presence may be a help. He's 23-23 in four years at the school. I wouldn't be mad if you took the under especially at the value 5Dimes is offering. 


— 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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The shootings in Charleston are still on the minds of everyone. Athletes have spoken out, and there is now a movement to have the Confederate flag taken down.


In 2007 South Carolina's most recognizable figure, Steve Spurrier, spoke about how the flag is an embarrassment and should be taken down.


"I realize I'm not supposed to get in the political arena as a football coach," Spurrier said. "But if anybody were ever to ask me about that damn Confederate flag, I would say we need to get rid of it. I've been told not to talk about that. But if anyone were ever to ask me about it, I certainly wish we could get rid of it."



Spurrier most likely feels even stronger about the subject based on what has happened recently. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner seems to be in agreement.


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Transfers are a huge part of any college football season. Whether it’s a graduate transfer eligible right away or a player that sat out the previous year due to NCAA rules, impact players are available in the transfer ranks every year.


Quarterbacks are always under the microscope in the transfer ranks, and there’s no shortage of intriguing moves for 2015. Everett Golson left Notre Dame for Florida State, and Vernon Adams is transferring from Eastern Washington to Oregon.


Related: Impact Quarterback Transfers for 2015


Every position has an impact transfer for 2015, including running back with Indiana’s Jordan Howard, Louisville safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and Auburn center Austin Golson.


Here’s a look at 25 key transfers to watch this year:


25 Impact College Football Transfers for 2015


1. The Quarterbacks

Several quarterbacks are slated to make an impact at a new program in 2015. Vernon Adams (Oregon), Everett Golson (Florida State), Jake Rudock (Michigan), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech) and Max Wittek (Hawaii) are just a few of the key quarterback transfers to watch this year.


Here’s the complete breakdown of QB transfers for 2015.


2. Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana (from UAB)

Howard is eligible immediately after UAB disbanded its football program in December. The junior rushed for 2,468 yards and 15 scores in two years with the Blazers. Tevin Coleman leaves big shoes to fill, but Howard is capable of being an All-Big Ten running back.


Related: Big Ten 2015 Predictions


3. Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville (from Georgia)

Even though Louisville’s secondary must replace all four starters from last season, the pass defense won’t suffer too big of a drop with two Georgia transfers stepping into the lineup. Harvey-Clemons was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and made 11 starts for the Bulldogs in 2013.


Related: ACC 2015 Predictions


4. Blake Countess, CB, Auburn (from Michigan)

Auburn’s secondary has to improve after giving up 44 pass plays of 20 yards or more last year. The Tigers have lost a few players here via transfer, but the addition of Countess should help at corner. The Maryland native played in 38 games for the Wolverines, recorded 114 tackles and six interceptions. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2013.


Related: SEC 2015 Predictions


5. Austin Golson, C, Auburn (from Ole Miss)

Golson is making the rare move of transferring within the SEC West, as the Alabama native left Ole Miss after playing in 12 games with the Rebels in 2013. Golson is considered the frontrunner to start at center and replace Reese Dismukes for a talented Auburn offensive line.


6. Matt Hegarty, OL, Oregon (from Notre Dame)

Oregon’s offensive line loses stalwarts in left tackle Jake Fisher and center Hroniss Grasu, but a solid foundation remains intact with three other returning starters. Hegarty started 11 games for the Fighting Irish last season and will push for starting spot at guard or center.


Related: Pac-12 2015 Predictions


7. Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State (from UCLA)

With the departure of Jaelen Strong to the NFL, Arizona State’s offense is in need of a receiver (or two) to emerge. But the answers are falling into place for coach Todd Graham, as running back D.J. Foster is shifting to receiver, and Lucien is eligible immediately after transferring from UCLA. The California native averaged 12.9 yards per catch in three years with the Bruins.


Related: Ranking All 128 College Football Coaches for 2015


8. Wayne Lyons, CB, Michigan (from Stanford)

Michigan lost cornerback Blake Countess in a transfer to Auburn but gained a starter in Lyons. The Florida native is a good fit for the Wolverines’ defensive scheme in press coverage and was recruited to Stanford by Jim Harbaugh. Lyons recorded 30 tackles in 13 games with the Cardinal in 2014.


9. Tray Matthews, S, Auburn (from Georgia)

Auburn’s defense should be among the most improved groups in the SEC this season. The addition of Will Muschamp at coordinator will help to turn around a unit that allowed 26.7 points per game in 2014. Matthews is the second defensive back transfer for Auburn to make this list, as the sophomore is likely to start at safety after transferring from Georgia. The sophomore played in eight games for the Bulldogs in 2013 and recorded 36 tackles.


10. Ty Isaac, RB, Michigan (from USC)

Jim Harbaugh loves to establish the run, and the Wolverines are due for improvement in this area after generating only 162.8 yards per game in 2014. Getting junior Derrick Green back to full strength after a broken clavicle last year will help, and Isaac is ready to contribute after sitting out a season due to transfer rules. Isaac was a five-star recruit out of high school and rushed for 236 yards and two scores in 14 games with the Trojans in 2013.


11. Freddie Tagaloa, OT, Arizona (from California)

Rich Rodriguez’s high-powered Arizona offense will be breaking in three new starters on the line this season. Tagaloa should help to ease some of the transition up front, as the California native has starting experience from his two-year stint in Berkeley. The junior is expected to start at left tackle in 2015.


Related: Ranking the Pac-12 Quarterbacks for 2015


12. Victor Salako, OT, Oklahoma State (from UAB)

Oklahoma State’s offensive line struggled last season, but this unit showed improvement late in the year. Salako transferred to Stillwater after UAB disbanded its football program in December, and the Alabama native is expected to start at left tackle after making 23 starts with the Blazers.


Related: Ranking the Big 12's Coaches for 2015


13. Mike Mitchell, LB, Texas Tech (from Ohio State)

It’s no secret Texas Tech’s defense is in need of repair. Coach Kliff Kingsbury took a major step forward in addressing the defensive woes by hiring David Gibbs away from Houston, while the talent on the field is bolstered by the addition of Mitchell. The five-star recruit never played at Ohio State and redshirted in his only season with the Buckeyes.


Related: Big 12 2015 Predictions


14. Shaq Wiggins, CB, Louisville (from Georgia)

Wiggins is the second Georgia transfer to Louisville in this article. Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is expected to join Wiggins as starters in the secondary for coordinator Todd Grantham. Wiggins started eight games for the Bulldogs in 2013, recording 19 tackles and two interceptions. 


15. Brennan Scarlett, DE, Stanford (from California)

Scarlett’s decision to transfer from California to Stanford certainly raised some eyebrows around the Pac-12, but the senior is a solid pickup for the Cardinal defense. Injuries marred Scarlett’s tenure at California, as he never played in a full season and was limited to 17 appearances in four years. Stanford is thin on depth up front, which should allow Scarlett to carve out a role in the trenches this season.


16. Ja’Quay Savage, WR, Louisville (from Texas A&M)

Louisville has some big shoes to fill in the receiving corps with the departure of receivers DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers and tight end Gerald Christian. But the Cardinals aren’t hurting for talent on the outside, as UAB transfer Jamari Staples, junior James Quick and Savage will be a trio of capable targets. Savage (formerly Ja’Quay Williams) transferred to Louisville after one year at Texas A&M. The Georgia native caught four passes with the Aggies in 2013.


17. Isaiah Johnson, S, South Carolina (from Kansas)

South Carolina’s defense struggled mightily last year, giving up 30.4 points per game and 6.2 yards per play. Coach Steve Spurrier hopes the addition of new co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke helps to turn around this unit, along with addition of a few new faces and more experience from the underclassmen. Johnson was one of the few bright spots on a struggling Kansas team last year, recording 75 tackles and one interception. Johnson should push for a starting spot at safety.


Related: Ranking All 128 College Football Coaches for 2015


18. Richard Mullaney, WR, Alabama (from Oregon State)

Amari Cooper leaves big shoes to fill after catching 124 of Alabama’s 290 passes last year. And Cooper isn’t the only loss for coordinator Lane Kiffin as No. 2 target DeAndrew White and No. 3 receiver Christion Jones have expired their eligibility. Mullaney is a post-spring pickup for coach Nick Saban, and the Oregon State graduate transfer should be a valuable pickup for an inexperienced receiving corps. Mullaney caught 52 passes in 2013 but was limited by injury in 2014.


19. Rodney Coe, DT, Akron (from Iowa State)

Akron’s starting defense could feature five transfers from Power 5 programs. Linebacker Darryl Monroe is a name to watch, but Coe could be the biggest impact transfer for coach Terry Bowden. The 305-pound tackle recorded 37 tackles at Iowa State in 2013 and will anchor the interior of Akron’s defensive front this year.


Related: College Football's Top Coordinators on the Rise


20. Kelsey Young, RB, Boise State (from Stanford)

With Jay Ajayi moving onto the NFL, uncertainty surrounds the Boise State backfield. Jeremy McNichols and Cory Young are the favorites to replace Ajayi’s production, but Kelsey Young (Cory’s brother) adds to the competition after transferring to Boise for his final year. He rushed for 331 yards on 66 attempts with Stanford in 2014.


21. Kaiwan Lewis, LB, Rutgers (from South Carolina)

Rutgers’ Big Ten debut was a success, but coach Kyle Flood has some work to do in order to get the Scarlet Knights back in the postseason in 2015. Upgrading the performance on defense is a must, and Lewis – a graduate transfer from South Carolina – is slated to compete for the starting job at middle linebacker. Lewis regarded 20 tackles for the Gamecocks last year but made 10 starts in 2013.


22. Mason Halter, OL, Florida (from Fordham)

Florida taking a graduate transfer from Fordham isn’t going to be a common occurrence, but the Gators desperately need offensive line help, and Halter is a good pickup to bolster the available talent. The senior started 33 games at Fordham and was one of the top linemen at the FCS level. With the Gators short on talent and depth, Halter figures to make an impact in his only year in Gainesville.


23. Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Ole Miss (from Washington)

Stringfellow certainly has the talent to be an impact receiver for Ole Miss, but coach Hugh Freeze indicated the Washington transfer needs to show more consistency to earn playing time in 2015. In his only season with the Huskies, Stringfellow caught 20 passes for 259 yards and one score.


24. Jake Ganus, LB, Georgia (from UAB)

The Bulldogs are loaded with talent on the outside in the linebacking corps, featuring All-SEC candidates in Lorenzo Carter, Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd. The interior spots in this group are up for grabs, and Ganus could push Reggie Carter or Tim Kimbrough for a starting job. Ganus led UAB in tackles in 2013-14 and was a second-team All-Conference USA selection last year.


25. Kyle Bosch, OL, West Virginia (from Michigan)

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen received good news in late May when Bosch was declared eligible for the 2015 season. The Illinois native played in one game for Michigan in 2014 but started three in 2013. He should push for time at guard in 2015.


Other Transfers to Watch


Quarterback Transfers for 2015


RB Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati to Tennessee

RB Andrew Buie, West Virginia to Charlotte

RB Donnell Alexander, Colorado State to Akron

RB Dalyn Dawkins, Purdue to Colorado State

RB Justice Hayes, Michigan to Southern Miss

RB Malin Jones, Northwestern to Louisville

RB Demarcus Kirk, UAB to Georgia State

RB Albert Reid, Maryland to Virginia

RB Patrick Skov, Stanford to Georgia Tech
RB Donovan Wilson, Georgia Tech to Bowling Green

RB/WR D.J. Vinson, UAB to South Alabama


WR Chance Allen, Oregon to Houston

WR K.J. Brent, South Carolina to Wake Forest

WR Dylan Collie, BYU to Hawaii

WR Kenny Golladay, North Dakota to Northern ILlinois

WR Marqui Hawkins, UAB to Indiana

WR Nyiakki Height, UAB to Georgia State

WR A.J. Legree, Kentucky to South Florida

WR Uriah Lemay, Georgia to Charlotte

WR Collin Lisa, UAB to Buffalo

WR Quincy Perdue, UAB to Kansas

WR Robbie Rhodes, Baylor to Bowling Green

WR Jamari Staples, UAB to Louisville

WR T.J. Thorpe, North Carolina to Virginia

WR Andrew Rodriguez, Houston to Utah State


TE Gerald Everett, UAB to South Alabama

TE M.J. McFarland, Texas to UTEP

TE Taylor McNamara, Oklahoma to USC

TE Mitch Parsons, Vanderbilt to Colorado State

TE Kent Taylor, Florida to Kansas


OL Cameron Blankenship, UAB to South Alabama

OL Roscoe Byrd, UAB to Georgia Southern

OL Ruben Carter, Florida State to Toledo

OL Lee Dufour, UAB to South Alabama

OL Derek Edinburgh Jr., LSU to Louisiana Tech

OL Kelepi Folau, UAB to Georgia State

OL Tim Gardner, Ohio State to Indiana

OL Reilly Gibbons, Stanford to USF

OL Rami Hammad, Texas to Baylor

OL Taylor Hindy, Washington to Syracuse

OL Ryan Mack, Louisville to Memphis

OL Kyle Marrs, Oklahoma to Houston

OL T.J. McCoy, NC State to Florida

OL Emeka Okafor, Houston to Texas Tech

OL Kevin Reihner, Stanford to Penn State

OL Sam Rice, SMU to North Texas

OL Ben Wysocki, UCLA to Utah State


DL Justin Akins, Georgia Tech to MTSU

DL Aaron Curry, Nebraska to TCU

DL Kylie Fitts, UCLA to Utah

DL Nick Internicola, Rutgers to FAU

DT Mickey Johnson, LSU to Louisiana Tech

DL Evan Kelly, Richmond to Boston College

DL James Looney, Wake Forest to California

DE Jamal Marcus, Ohio State to Akron

DT Suleiman Masumbuko, Baylor to Tulsa

DL Kevin McReynolds, UCLA to Nevada

DL Robert Mondie, UAB to Arkansas State

DT Jontavious Morris, UAB to WKU

DL Joshua Posley, Cincinnati to Ball State

DL Mark Scarpinto, Michigan State to Pittsburgh


LB Jefferson Ashiru, UConn to Maryland

LB Blake Dees, Texas Tech to South Alabama

LB Samson Faifili, Kansas to Utah State

LB Anthony Harrell, Georgia Tech to Florida

LB Davonte James, West Virginia to Kent State

LB Makani Kema-Kaleiwahe, Arizona to Hawaii

LB TJ McCollum, UAB to WKU

LB Alonzo McGee, UAB to Georgia State

LB Daryl Monroe, Washington State to Akron

LB Otha Peters, Arkansas to UL Lafayette

LB Shawn Petty, Maryland to Marshall

LB Marquise Roberts, South Carolina to Kansas

LB Chad Whitener, California to Oklahoma State


CB Derek Babiash, Arizona to San Diego State

DB Bobby Baker, UAB to Georgia State

DB Kelton Brackett, UAB to UMass

CB Ahmad Christian, South Carolina to Utah

DB Jordan Collier, UAB to Buffalo

DB Zach Dancel, Maryland to Wake Forest

CB Demarco Davis, UAB to Georgia State

CB Lamarcus Farmer, UAB to Troy

DB Travis Green, Kansas State to New Mexico

DB Bryant Gross-Armiento, Rutgers to Wake Forest

DB Eilar Hardy, Notre Dame to Bowling Green

DB Kiy Hester, Miami to Rutgers

CB Larry Hope, Miami to Akron

CB Michael Hunter, Indiana to Oklahoma State

DB Kalen Jackson, UAB to South Alabama

DB Rashad Jackson, New Mexico to North Texas

DB Vershad Jackson, New Mexico to North Texas

DB Rolan Milligan, UAB to Toledo

CB Chris Murphy, Arkansas to Cincinnati

S Avery Sebastian, California to Notre Dame

CB Trenton Trammell, BYU to UTEP


P Blake O’Neill, Weber State to Michigan

P Nathan Renfro, Maryland to Tennessee

College Football's Top Transfers to Watch in 2015
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