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College Football's Top 25 Defensive Players on the Rise for 2015

Which players are poised for a breakout year?
College Football's Top 25 Defensive Players on the Rise for 2015

With the volume of high-powered offenses and talent at the skill positions every year, it’s not easy being a defensive coordinator or a player on that side of the ball. However, there’s no shortage of standouts that emerge each season out of spring practice and the regular season.

 

Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Buckeyes '15 football schedule.
Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Ohio State is the defending national champions and has a schedule that should allow the Buckeyes to defend their title with relative ease.

 

Urban Meyer has one tough road game in conference, will play two of the worst teams from the Big Ten West Division and has one revenge game on the road in the non-conference. And Ohio State boasts what is by far the best roster in the Big Ten.

 

Ranking the SEC East's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

Do the Dawgs have the toughest slate in the SEC East this fall?
Ranking the SEC East's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

Let’s get one thing clear right away. There is no such thing as an “easy” schedule in the SEC.

 

When putting together Athlon Sports' college football preview magazines each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish.

 

The Top 20 Players in the 2015 Final Four

Plenty of star power to go around in Indianapolis
The Top 20 Players in the 2015 Final Four

During the next few days, many of the headlines for this Final Four will surround the powerhouse programs and Mount Rushmore of coaches who will vie for the national title.

 

All of that is true. Rarely has the Final Four had this many accomplished names on the jerseys and the bench.

 

The players, though, are just as big in terms of star power.

 

Washington Huskies 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Huskies this spring?
Washington Huskies 2015 Spring Football Preview

Washington opens its second spring under coach Chris Petersen with just 10 returning starters and major concerns on both sides of the ball. The quarterback position is up for grabs, and the battle includes true freshman Jake Browning after he enrolled in time to compete this spring.

LSU Tigers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Tigers '15 football schedule.
LSU Tigers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

LSU has trended backwards in the SEC West standings for four consecutive seasons, going from first (2011) to second (2012) to third (2013) to fifth (2014).

 

One major reason for that type of trend is the SEC West schedule. It’s the toughest division in all of college football and is loaded with the best coaches and rosters in the country.

 

2015 Final Four Preview: How Can Each Team Win a Title?

A quick look at Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin and Michigan State
2015 Final Four Preview: How Can Every Team Win?

If college basketball is taking a backseat in the sports world, no one told this year’s Final Four participants.

 

The final weekend of college basketball promises to be one of the most important Final Fours in terms of history for the sport.

 

12 Potential Coaching Candidates to Replace Rick Barnes at Texas

One of the nation's best coaching jobs is now open
Potential Coaching Candidates to Replace Rick Barnes at Texas

When fans think of the best coaching destinations in college basketball, few may name Texas as one of the top names.

 

True, the Longhorns are not Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Indiana or UCLA. This is a school and a state where football rules. Basketball is a distant No. 2.

 

Yet that is part of the reason why Texas is so attractive. The Longhorns have all the resources of a blue blood program in terms of finances and facilities, plus a fertile recruiting base. Because of football, though, the Texas basketball job also brings less pressure.

Elite Eight Game Preview and Predictions: Gonzaga vs. Duke

Gonzaga will need to find an answer to Duke to reach first Final Four
Elite Eight Game Preview and Predictions: Gonzaga vs. Duke

Name an achievement at Gonzaga and Mark Few has done it: win conference titles, go to the NCAA Tournament, win postseason games, produced All-Americans and a player of the year, send players to the NBA Draft.

 

There is one notable exception: Reaching the Final Four. Few has won 438 career games at Gonzaga, and until Friday, none of those came in the Sweet 16.

 

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