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College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat

The pressure is on Paul Wulff, Mark Richt and Dennis Erickson to win big in 2011.
<p> Athlon Sports takes a look at which college football coaches are on the hot seat for 2011.</p>

The coaching carousel is usually one of the most intriguing elements of college football's regular season and has been in full effect since May with the departure of Jim Tressel at Ohio State and Bill Stewart at West Virginia. 

Which coach will be the first to get fired? Athlon Sports ranks 10 coaches on the hot seat, along with a few others who are getting warm. 

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College Football: Projecting the 2011 Win Totals

Trent Richardson looks to lead Alabama back to the national title.
<p> With fall camps opening up in a matter of days, now is another good opportunity to project how the teams will fare this college football season.</p>

by Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

The countdown to kickoff for the 2011 college football season is less than 40 days away. With fall camps opening up in a matter of days, now is another good opportunity to project how the teams will fare this upcoming season.

Ranking the Big East's Top 25 Players for 2011

Geno Smith is in for a big season with Dana Holgorsen calling the plays.

By Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden) and Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)

Athlon Sports continues its countdown to the upcoming college football season with a look at the top 25 players for 2011 in the Big East.

Several factors worked into the criteria for developing the 25 players: 

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<p> Athlon Sports continues its countdown to the upcoming season with a look at the top 25 players for 2011 in the Big East.</p>
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Ranking the College Football Conferences

Can anyone knock the SEC from the top spot?
<p> The SEC has claimed the last five national championships and should be the toughest conference in college football this year.</p>

With the start of the 2011 just around the corner, it's time to revisit the conference power rankings. The SEC claims the last five national titles and should reign surpreme once again this year. However, the Big 12 should be in great shape this year, especially with three teams picked in the top 12 of Athlon's 2011 Top 25.

Ranking the College Football Coaching Jobs: 120-51

If you are a free agent coach, which programs are the most attractive jobs in the nation?
<p> Which jobs in college football are the most attractive for a free agent coach? Athlon ranks the jobs, considering traditions, facilities, location and money.</p>

We have ranked every college football program in the country, based on the attractiveness of the position from a coaching perspective. We considered many factors — tradition, facilities, location, money  — but in the end, we simply asked ourselves the following question: Where would we want to coach? Check back tomorrow for rankings 50-1.

(Note: Current or impending NCAA sanctions were not a factor in these rankings.)

Ranking the College Football Coaching Jobs: Big East

If you are a free agent coach, which programs are the most attractive jobs in the Big East?
<p> Which jobs in college football are the most attractive for a free agent coach? Athlon ranks the jobs, considering traditions, facilities, location and money.</p>

We have ranked every college football program in the country, based on the attractiveness of the position from a coaching perspective. We considered many factors — tradition, facilities, location, money  — but in the end, we simply asked ourselves the following question: Where would we want to coach?

(Note: Current or impending NCAA sanctions were not a factor in these rankings.)

A Strong Start at Louisville

Charlie Strong has Louisville back on the rise in the unpredictable Big East.
<p> Charlie Strong has Louisville back on the rise in the unpredictable Big East.</p>

By Rick Bozich

It was the biggest coaching decision of Charlie Strong’s career as a head coach, and it only took seconds for it to smell like he had made the wrong call.

It was the 10th game of the University of Louisville’s 2010 season, a home game against a beatable South Florida team. Somehow the Cardinals had pushed the game into overtime and then found themselves with the first extra possession.

Athlon's 2011 All-Big East Team

Dana Holgorsen's offense should lead to big numbers for Geno Smith.
<p> Athlon continues the countdown to the upcoming season with its first, second and third All-Big East teams for 2011.</p>
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Athlon continues our countdown to the upcoming season with our first and second All-Big East teams for the 2011 season. Click here for all our college football team previews, rankings and predictions.

Athlon's 2011 Big East Predictions

B.J. Daniels looks to lead South Florida to a Big East title.
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<p> Athlon's countdown to the 2011 season continues with a look at the projected order of finish for the Big East.</p>

Get ready for another unpredictable year in the Big East. West Virginia is the favorite, despite changing head coaches in early June. Bill Stewart resigned, elevating offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to the top spot. Holgorsen has produced instant results in his career as an offensive coordinator, but this will be his first head coaching gig.

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