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Unit Rankings: 2012 Big East Offensive Lines

Louisville's offensive line should be improved this season.
<p> Unit Rankings: 2012 Big East Offensive Lines</p>

Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season.

Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011.

College Football's Title Contenders Have Offensive Line Question Marks

Florida State's EJ Manuel needs more help from the offensive line in 2012.
<p> College Football's Title Contenders Have Offensive Line Question Marks</p>

When determining a preseason pick for college football’s national champion, offensive lines are often the most overlooked aspect to ranking teams No. 1 through No. 124. Quarterback play and success is equally important, but developing a standout offensive line can be just as crucial.

College Football Recruiting Rankings: Do They Matter?

Signing Top Classes Doesn’t Guarantee Success — But It Sure Helps
<p> College Football Recruiting Rankings: Do They Matter?</p>

Auburn fans were getting nervous. It was National Signing Day 2012, and if you listened to talk radio, read blogs or followed Twitter around lunchtime that day, you could have been excused for thinking the sky had fallen in Auburn.

College Football's Top 10 Impact Transfers for 2012

Dayne Crist is expected to be Kansas' starting quarterback this year.
<p> College football's top 10 impact transfers for 2012</p>

College football transfers can make an immediate impact on the conference and national title races. Need evidence? Russell Wilson's decision to transfer from NC State to Wisconsin was enough to boost the Badgers into the Rose Bowl and come within a few plays from an unbeaten regular season.

Big East Football: Which Teams Are On The Rise or Decline?

Louisville is a team on the rise under Charlie Strong.
<p> Big East Football: Which Teams Are On The Rise or Decline?</p>

With kickoff to the 2012 college football season still weeks away, it's time to evaluate where each team is headed. This is essentially a checkup or a state of the program overview for each team in the conference. Are they on the rise or decline? What factors in the future could have an impact on success? 

Ranking College Football's New Coaches From 2011

Where does Will Muschamp's 2011 season rank among new coaches?
<p> Ranking college football's new coaches from 2011</p>

As evidenced last season, new coaches can make an immediate impact on college football conference title races. Michigan's hire of Brady Hoke allowed the Wolverines to jump back into a BCS bowl, while James Franklin led Vanderbilt to its second bowl game since 1982.

Athlon ranks the new coaches from 2011 season:

College Football 2012 All-American Team

Wisconsin's Montee Ball is a first-team All-American for 2012.
<p> Athlon's 2012 College Football All-American Team</p>

Picking a college football All-American team is no easy task. Some positions are deeper than others, while it's also difficult to project how a player will perform with the losses or additions around them.

With that in mind, it's time to unveil Athlon's 2012 All-American Team.

Athlon Sports 2012 All-American Team As Recruits

Athlon Sports looks at how the best players in the nation ranked as high school prospects.
<p> Athlon Sports 2012 All-American Team As Recruits</p>

Recruiting is the life blood of college football. And the rankings of the these prospects elicit responses both positive and negative fitting of a nickname like, say, Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. Fans either live and die by star rankings or totally disregard Top 100 lists altogether.

Can College Football Analysts Avoid Bias When Covering Alma Maters?

Broadcasters must tread a fine line when covering their alma maters
<p> Can College Football Analysts Avoid Bias When Covering Alma Maters?</p>

In March 11, 2011, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch columnist Bob Hunter dropped the news — Kirk Herbstreit was leaving Ohio and relocating his family to Nashville. The guy who any serious college football fan knew played quarterback at Ohio State and still contained much love for his Buckeyes found that living in Columbus was no longer bearable.

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