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Top 30 Non-Conference Games to Watch in 2014

Connor Cook and Michigan State have to visit Oregon in Week 2.
Top 30 Non-Conference Games to Watch in 2014

Clemson outlasted Georgia in Death Valley late on a Saturday night on the first weekend of action to open the 2013 college football season. UCLA overcame a 21-point, first-half deficit to beat Nebraska in Lincoln. Miami upset Florida, signifying the beginning of the end for the 2013 Gators. Notre Dame played epic games with Stanford, USC, Michigan, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Arizona State.

Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2014

Nick Marshall takes the No. 1 spot in the SEC for 2014.
Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2014

The SEC was home to some of college football’s top quarterbacks in the nation last year. However, one offseason later, and the conference is essentially rebuilding from scratch at the quarterback spot.

The list of names departing is heavy: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Missouri’s James Franklin, South Carolina’s Connor Shaw and Georgia’s Aaron Murray.

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.

Georgia Dismisses Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons

Harvey-Clemons was expected to be a starter in 2014.
Georgia Dismisses Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons

Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the team on Tuesday due to a violation of team rules.

Harvey-Clemons was already slated to miss the first three games of 2014 due to a suspension, but coach Mark Richt decided to dismiss the safety permanently this week.

Harvey-Clemons was regarded as a five-star prospect by Scout.com in the 2012 signing class. He played in 14 games as a freshman, recording 14 tackles and one pass breakup.

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.

 

Vanderbilt Hires Derek Mason as its New Head Coach

The Commodores have their new coach to replace James Franklin
Vanderbilt Hires Derek Mason as its New Head Coach

A week after James Franklin decided to leave for Penn State, Vanderbilt has found his replacement. According to the Tennessean, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be the Commodores’ next coach.

Mason is a highly regarded defensive coach and was a key piece in Stanford’s recent run of success. The Arizona native worked at Stanford from 2010-13, including the last three years as the defensive coordinator.

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