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Who is the Nation's Most Clutch College Football Coach?

Gus Malzahn's stellar record in close games makes the case
Who is the Nation's Most Clutch College Football Coach?

Perhaps we should have seen the signs for Auburn’s turnaround from winless in the SEC in 2012 to conference champions in 2013.

In only his first season as a head coach, Gus Malzahn had an unblemished record in close games at Arkansas State the year before he arrived at Auburn. He was 4-0 in one-score games with the Red Wolves, but Auburn already may have an idea of Malzahn’s composure under pressure.

In 2010 and 2011, Malzahn’s final two seasons as offensive coordinator, Auburn was 10-0 in one-score games.

College Football's Top 12 Coaches on the Rise for 2014

Pete Lembo is a name to watch in 2014.
College Football's Top 10 Coaches on the Rise for 2014

Every year, there’s a new crop of rising stars in college football’s coaching ranks ready to make an appearance on the national stage. Alabama's Nick Saban, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher are names familiar across the nation with any fanbase. 

However, what about the next wave of stars that could be at BCS jobs in the next five years?

Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2014

Athlon ranks every FBS college football coach for 2014.
Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2014

Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.

 

While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably the most important to winning a national or conference title. No matter how much talent a program has, winning a national title is difficult if the coaching is questionable.

College Football's Top 15 Wide Receivers on the Rise for 2014

Laquon Treadwell is primed for a breakout year in Oxford.
College Football's Top 15 Wide Receivers on the Rise for 2014

Spring practice is underway for nearly all 128 college football teams, and the countdown to the 2014 season has officially started. There’s still a long way to go before August and the start of next year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about which players are ready for a big jump in production.

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2014

Florida State tops Athlon's early top 25 for 2014.
A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2014

College football’s 2014 season won’t start until August, but it’s never too early to take a look at what’s ahead.

 

Florida State edged Auburn for the national championship in early January, and both teams will be in the mix for a playoff spot next year. But the Seminoles and Tigers will be pushed by Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

 

College Football's 2013 Postseason All-America Team

Athlon makes its picks for All-America honors.
College Football's 2013 Postseason All-America Team

College football’s 2013 regular season – with the exception of the Army-Navy game – is in the books.

The 2013 season featured plenty of intrigue and surprises, and Florida State and Auburn are set to cap the BCS era with the national championship matchup on Jan. 6 in Pasadena.

With the season for all BCS programs completed, it’s time to honor the top players around the nation.

2013 BCS Standings: A Historic and Statistical Analysis

A statistical breakdown of the BCS rankings: Longest droughts, fewest appearances and who could break through?
2013 BCS Standings: A Historic and Statistical Analysis

The BCS was implemented in 1998 and has worked to near perfection for 15 seasons.

Wait, what?

That’s right, the BCS worked to near perfection. Prior to the construction of the Bowl Championship Series, fans and experts alike were left to argue about multiple unbeatens who played irrelevant bowl games against grandfathered-in bowl opponents.

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