10 College Rivalries Killed by Conference Realignment

Please, please, please bring back these classic rivalries
10 college rivalries ended by conference realignment

Thanksgiving hasn’t been the same since the Texas A&M and Missouri started hanging out with the SEC. Or since West Virginia and Pitt started rolling with the Big 12 and ACC, respectively.


Conference realignment ended a handful of traditional rivalries, either because of scheduling conflicts or acrimonious relationships.


In other words, no more Texas-Texas A&M. No more Backyard Brawl. No more Border War.


Top 10 Tight Ends of the BCS Era

Who are the greatest tight ends of the BCS Era?
<p> College Football's Top 30 Tight Ends of the BCS Era</p>

Athlon Sports continues its series looking back the best players of the BCS Era (1998-2013). Today, the staff ranks the 10 best tight ends to play at least one season during the BCS Era.

Note: Florida's Aaron Hernandez was No. 5 initially but has been removed from the rankings by choice.

College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85

Tony Barbee's rough tenure ended earlier this season
<p> College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85</p>

Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.

The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.

College Football's Top 25 Impact Transfers for 2013

Jake Heaps is expected to make an instant impact at Kansas.

Transfers in college football are always a wildcard when making preseason predictions.

Some transfers have no trouble fitting in to their new home. But some players can take half a season or even longer to get acclimated.

Superquarterbacks, freshmen, defenders change Heisman Trophy voting

College football's most prestigious award is going through a revolution.
<p> College football's most prestigious award is going through a revolution.</p>

If Heisman voters were as open minded as Hugh Green’s peers in 1980, the fraternity of the award for the most outstanding college football player would be much different.

During a tour organized to promote the 1980 football season, the Pittsburgh defensive end, along with five other top players that year, made a handful of stops across the country to meet with reporters.

College Football's Top 10 Most-Improved Teams for 2013

Auburn should be a much-improved team in 2013.
<p> College Football's Top 10 Most-Improved Teams for 2013</p>

Every college football season brings a few surprises. Whether it’s a team finishing in the top 10 that no one expected in the preseason or another program struggling to reach .500 after a successful stretch, each year presents many different case studies when trying to project teams for the upcoming season. And some teams are quick to rebound after a disappointing year to contend for a conference title or crack the top 25 once again.

Ranking the SEC's College Football Stadiums

All things considered, which SEC stadium is the best? The worst?
<p> Ranking the SEC's Football Stadiums</p>

Fall Saturdays are special. Especially, in the South.

Small towns, huge crowds, tailgating, bands, cheerleaders and student sections are just a few of the reasons college football is the best sport on the planet. When campuses jump to life across the nation each weekend in the fall, college stadiums become a staging ground for history.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators Preview and Prediction

Marcus Lattimore looks to lead South Carolina to a win over Florida.
<p> South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators Preview and Prediction</p>

Even with South Carolina’s loss to LSU last week, Saturday’s game between Florida and South Carolina is one of the marquee games for Week 8. The Gamecocks still have national and SEC title aspirations but another loss would eliminate those possibilities. Florida ranked No. 2 in the first release of the BCS standings and needs a victory over South Carolina to strengthen its grip on the No. 1 spot in the SEC East.