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Ohio State Takes No. 1 Spot for Spring Game Attendance Record

This image wasn't from Ohio State's spring game, but attendance wasn't much different
Ohio State Takes No. 1 Spot for Spring Game Attendance Record

Some day a college football program is going to hit six figures in attendance — for a spring game.

 

Ohio State came 609 fans short of the 100,000 mark Saturday when it drew what is presumed to be a record for spring game attendance.

 

Texas A&M Aggies 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Aggies' '15 football schedule.
Texas A&M Aggies 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Kevin Sumlin enters his fourth season at Texas A&M with a rising collection of elite recruits and a brand-new defensive coordinator to go with his brand-new stadium.

 

The Aggies may be ready to compete for a SEC West Division crown with John Chavis manning the defense. But to reach Atlanta, this squad will have to navigate one of the more difficult schedules in the nation — even with two “easier” crossover opponents.

Ranking the Big Ten College Towns (Expert Poll)

Athlon asked the experts to rank their favorite towns in the Big Ten.
Expert Poll: Ranking the Big Ten's Football Jobs in 2015

The old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” couldn’t be more true when it comes to ranking college towns.

 

Do you prefer larger metropolitan areas? Do you enjoy the isolated peace and quiet of a quaint small town? Cost of living, nightlife, food, culture, weather, surrounding geography and more go into evaluating a city.

 

Texas Tech Needs David Gibbs to Reverse Defensive Woes

Better to be lucky or good? Red Raiders will take either with new coordinator
Texas Tech Needs David Gibbs to Reverse Defensive Woes

Spring practice for the Texas Tech defense may as well be spring training for a high school baseball team.

 

Always watching, new defensive coordinator David Gibbs is telling his players to keep their eye on the ball. Or more specifically the quarterback and when and where the ball is going.

 

A defender might break up a pass or get a takeaway, but if his eyes aren’t where Gibbs wants them to be, he’ll hear it.

 

Georgia Tech Declares Itself State Champion on Orange Bowl Rings

Yellow Jackets commemorate their rivalry win over Georgia (and Georgia Southern)
Georgia Tech Declares itself State Champion on Orange Bowl Rings

Georgia Tech is making sure it commemorates its first win over rival Georgia in six years.

 

The Yellow Jackets also went on to win the Orange Bowl, defeating Mississippi State 49-34 and earning a bowl championship ring.

 

One side of the Orange Bowl championship ring commemorates the Yellow Jackets' ACC Coastal title. The other salutes the Georgia “State Champs.” Georgia Tech also defeated Sun Belt champion Georgia Southern 42-38.

 

Ranking the Pac-12's Football Coaching Jobs in 2015 (Expert Poll)

Athlon asked Pac-12 experts to rank the best jobs in the league.
Ranking the Pac-12's Football Coaching Jobs in 2015 (Expert Poll)

Is it easier to win at USC or UCLA? How about Oregon, Stanford or Washington?

 

Which program provides the most support? Which program has access to the best players? Which program has proven it can succeed at a high level over time? Which program has the most pressure to win?

 

These are all the questions head coaches must ask themselves when deciding to accept a job or not.

 

Alabama Crimson Tide 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Crimson Tide's '15 football schedule.
Alabama Crimson Tide 2015 Schedule and Analysis

The last two seasons haven't ended the way Nick Saban would like. Two poor showings in the Superdome in New Orleans have left a bad taste in the Crimson Tide's mouth.

 

So as if Alabama needed any extra motivation, this group should be extra focused this fall. The Tide will have one of the best collections of players in the nation and Saban is still the best coach in the land. 

 

Can Gene Chizik Save the North Carolina Defense?

The former Auburn coach will try to turn around a historically bad Tar Heels D
Can Gene Chizik Save the North Carolina Defense?

For now, public shaming will need to be part of the rebuilding process of the North Carolina defense.

 

Even in spring, there’s plenty of it to go around.

 

Gene Chizik is in Chapel Hill to fix one of the worst defenses in school history, a unit that has kept Carolina hovering around .500 the last two seasons. Many coaches will spend spring practice preaching physicality. The new defensive coordinator for the Tar Heels is making it part of his central platform.

 

5 College Coaches Who Would Make Interesting NBA Candidates

These schools may have reason to sweat the NBA coaching carousel some day
5 College Coaches Who Would Make Interesting NBA Candidates

The NBA Playoffs begin Friday, meaning the NBA coaching carousel is about to get started.

 

In most years, this is of secondary concern to the college ranks. The checkered track record of college coaches in the NBA, not to mention the wildly different job descriptions, have kept GMs and ADs in their own playgrounds.

 

Urban Meyer Will Pick Ohio State's Quarterback in "Middle of Training Camp"

Buckeyes head into Saturday's spring game with one heathy QB contender
Urban Meyer Will Pick Ohio State's Quarterback in "Middle of Training Camp"

When Ohio State plays its spring game Saturday, the Buckeyes will be a long way from deciding their biggest offseason question as they head into 2015.

 

National championship quarterback Cardale Jones will start for one squad. Sophomore Stephen Collier will start for the other.

 

The spring game won’t include 2013 starter Braxton Miller and 2014 starter J.T. Barrett, who are sitting out this spring due to shoulders.

 

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