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Georgia Hires Jeremy Pruitt as Defensive Coordinator

Mark Richt upgraded his staff by hiring Pruitt away from Florida State.
Georgia Hires Jeremy Pruitt as Defensive Coordinator

Jeremy Pruitt was one of the 2013 coaching carousel’s top coordinator hires and was a key piece in Florida State’s national title run. However, he won’t return to Tallahassee in 2014, as Pruitt has been named as the defensive coordinator at Georgia.

Pruitt is a rising star in the coaching ranks, spending 2007-12 on Alabama’s staff as an assistant under Nick Saban. Prior to his stint with the Crimson Tide, Pruitt worked at Hoover High School in Alabama.

Lane Kiffin Hired as Alabama's Offensive Coordinator

Kiffin replaces Doug Nussmeier.
Lane Kiffin Hired as Alabama's Offensive Coordinator

Lane Kiffin is coming back to the SEC. On Friday, Alabama officially announced the former USC coach will join Nick Saban’s staff as the offensive coordinator for the next three years.

Kiffin was looking for a job after he was fired at USC earlier this season. The Trojans went 28-15 under his watch, which followed a one-year stint at Tennessee in 2009.

While the Kiffin-Saban work relationship will be an odd one, this hire should work out well for Alabama. Yes, you read that correctly.

Auburn RB Tre Mason Declares for NFL Draft

The Tigers have to replace their leading rusher in 2014.
Auburn RB Tre Mason Declares for NFL Draft

Auburn running back Tre Mason has decided to declare for the NFL Draft. The junior was one of the top playmakers in the nation this year, rushing for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns on 317 carries.

Mason finished sixth in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting and finished his Auburn career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

With Mason leaving, Auburn will turn to Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant as the top two running backs for 2014. However, expect quarterback Nick Marshall to once again shoulder much of the load on the ground next season.

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Declares for NFL Draft

Johnny Football is headed to the NFL.
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Declares for NFL Draft

In a move that should surprise no one, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has decided to declare for the NFL Draft.

Manziel leaves College Station after just two years with the Aggies. He claimed the Heisman Trophy in 2012 by throwing for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,410 yards and 21 scores.

Manziel improved as a passer in 2013, throwing for 4,114 yards and 37 scores. And as expected, his rushing numbers regressed slightly, adding only 759 yards on the ground.

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:

Alabama's Mosley earns Athlon National Player of the Week honors

Auburn's Marshall, UCLA's Jack also earn weekly player honors
Alabama's Mosley earns Athlon National Player of the Week honors

As many of his teammates left school early to go to the NFL Draft, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley remained in Tuscaloosa for an extra year of seasoning.

That experience was apparent Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s biggest win of the season to date. Dominant defensive performances for Alabama aren’t rare, but Mosley led one of the Tide’s best efforts of the season in the 38-17 win over LSU.

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.

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