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Early Heisman Odds Released for 2014

Jameis Winston is an early favorite to repeat.
Early Heisman Odds Released for 2014

College football’s Heisman Trophy won’t be awarded until next December, but it’s never too early to think about the frontrunners for next season.

Bovada has released its early odds for 2014, and there’s a familiar face at the top. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the favorite to repeat, with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota a 7/2 favorite.

Quarterbacks own five out of the top seven spots in the early odds. Running backs T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) and Todd Gurley (Georgia) are the only skill players in the top seven.

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.

10 Reasons Why Nick Saban Will Be the Next Coach at Texas

Nick Saban will go from Crimson Tide to Burnt Orange in 2014.
Nick Saban will go from Crimson Tide to Burnt Orange in 2014.

Alabama coach Nick Saban will be the next coach of the Texas Longhorns. Current UT coach Mack Brown has one foot out the door. Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, is already jockeying for position, eyeing a Lone Star State payday. Sorry, Alabama fans. It was a good run. But Saban is moving from Tuscaloosa to Austin in 2014. These are the 10 reasons why Nick Saban will be the next coach at Texas:

College Football Week 8 Recap: Florida State romps, SEC implodes

Winston leads title-contending FSU team, the SEC flips the script on wild Saturday
Winston leads title-contending FSU team, the SEC flips the script on wild Saturday

There’s nothing like the first reveal of the BCS standings to remind us that half a dozen teams are worthy of playing for two spots in the national title game.

Saturday evening ended with Florida State demolishing Clemson 51-14 on the road in a matchup of top five teams, putting FSU in a similar class as Alabama and Oregon. The Seminoles’ win was as complete as anything a national title contender has done to another top team this seasons, but FSU may have trouble getting into the coveted 1-2 scenario when the BCS is revealed Sunday night.

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.

9 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 7

The bizarre, important and historic numbers from around the nation.
2013 Amazing College Football Stats Week 7

Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter.

Some fall on the sabermetric side of things, while others like to keep it simple and use the ol' eyeball test. In the football world, that means total offense, total defense and points scored versus points per play and defensive efficiency ratings. Rational and logical arguments can be made for the legitimacy and relevance of both sides of the stats spectrum.

Casey Pachall to remain TCU's starter

Gary Patterson says there is no QB controversy
Casey Pachall to remain TCU's starter

Senior Casey Pachall will start against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson reiterated Sunday.

This comes after Pachall was pulled for sophomore Trevone Boykin early in the second half after throwing an interception. Boykin gave the Horned Frogs a spark, rallying TCU to within three points. His dual-threat abilities created problems for the LSU defense.

The Top 10 Games for the First Weekend of College Football

Our picks of the top 10 games this weekend and what we may learn
Our picks of the top 10 games this weekend and what we may learn

By Monday evening, a good portion of an offseason’s worth of predictions and debates may be out of date.

That’s part of the anticipation for the first weekend of the season, which will stretch from Thursday through Monday night. Plenty of games with plenty to learn, pretty much.

Here’s a quick guide to the games we watching closely and what lessons he hope to gain for each team.

1. Georgia at Clemson
Need to know: Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC

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