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Pac-12 Football 2015 Schedule Analysis

What fans need to know about the Pac-12 schedules in 2015
2015 Pac-12 Football Schedule Analysis

Never before has scheduling been a bigger issue than the 2014 College Football Playoff.

 

The committee clearly took a stance on Baylor’s weak non-conference matchups and it cost the Bears a chance at the national championship. That shouldn’t ever be the issue in the Pac-12 — also known as college football's second-best league.

 

Chris Borland Retires, Doesn't Spell Doom for NFL

Rookie linebacker Chris Borland has retired at age 24.
Chris Borland Retires at 24, Doesn't Spell Doom for NFL

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland shocked the NFL world by retiring after a stellar rookie season at age 24.

 

It’s an important, courageous decision not made lightly by a player who is thinking well beyond his playing years.

 

25 Best Baseball Players 25 and Under

23-year-old Mike Trout is MLB’s best all-around player
25 Best Baseball Players 25 and Under

Is MLB becoming a young man’s game? There’s certainly no lack of young, impact talent on major-league rosters. Look no further than the fact that the reigning AL MVP, last season’s World Series MVP, the majors’ top home run hitter and batting champion all fall into the 25 years old or younger crowd.

 

Who are the Best Coaches in the 2015 NCAA Tournament?

We ranked all 68 coaches in the field based on their acumen as Tournament coaches
Who are the Best Coaches in the 2015 NCAA Tournament?

Just as a sprint is different from a marathon, winning in the NCAA Tournament is different from winning during the regular season.

 

Seeding, luck, clock management and style of play all seem to be magnified during March Madness. And all of it could be undone because of another team's 3-point shooter.

 

Granted, many of the best coaches in the game tend to win big in March just like they do in January and February. Some, though, have a knack for upsets or being upset.

 

Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Each of the 68 NCAA Tournament Teams in 2015

One account for every team, from media to players to coaches to mascots
Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Each of the 68 NCAA Tournament Teams in 2015

First, our sincere condolences for anyone who isn’t able to sneak away from work on Thursday or Friday to take in one of the greatest days in the sports calendar.

With 16 games, 32 teams to follow in one day is tough enough with multiple screens but perhaps impossible with the boss looking over your shoulder.

Athlon Sports will do what it can to help you follow each team in the field with these Twitter accounts for every team in the NCAA Tournament.

Kevin Harvick Makes It Two Wins in a Row by Continuing Dominance at Phoenix

Tom Bowles goes “Through the Gears” following Harvick's fourth straight victory out in the desert
Kevin Harvick Wins Second Sprint Cup Race in a Row by Continuing his Domination at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick dominated the race at Phoenix, leading 224 of 312 laps while dealing with perhaps one minor challenge (Jamie McMurray) en route to the checkered flag. That, in itself was expected as Harvick has now won four races in a row out in the desert, a record for the one-mile facility. It’s hard to be a groundbreaking story when everyone expects you to win.

 

Who are the Potential Candidates to Replace Anthony Grant at Alabama?

The Crimson Tide could look at a number of interesting candidates
Who are the Potential Candidates to Replace Anthony Grant at Alabama?

Moments after Florida dispatched of Alabama in the SEC tournament, Gators coach Billy Donovan launched into a full-fledged defense of Anthony Grant’s job status at Alabama.

 

Grant is a former Donovan assistant, but the Gators coach claimed he wasn’t biased in his blunt assessment that Alabama letting go of Grant would be the “biggest mistake.”

 

“Let’s put it this way: Alabama better hope he comes back,” Donovan said.

 

The Big March Madness Question: Who Will Beat Kentucky?

The Wildcats' march to 40-0 continues unimpeded
The Big March Madness Question: Who Will Beat Kentucky?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If Willie Cauley-Stein were not a Kentucky basketball player, he’d try to find a way to the arena where Kentucky is playing its next game.

 

“If I was people in the world, I’d want to see it,” Cauley-Stein said. “Be in the presence of history.”

 

After Kentucky’s 78-63 win over Arkansas in the SEC tournament championship game, every game is history. At least in a way Kentucky is comfortable acknowledging.

 

Washington and Chris Petersen's Offseason Uncertainty Grows With Cyler Miles' Absence

Petersen could start a true freshman QB in 2015.
Washington and Chris Petersen's Offseason Uncertainty Grows With Cyler Miles' Absence

Washington coach Chris Petersen was already planning on a quarterback battle this spring, but the outlook for the Huskies’ starting job was slightly altered with the announcement Cyler Miles would not participate in spring practice.

12 Upsets to Watch in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament

Will these dozen double-digit seeds wreck your bracket?
12 Upsets to Watch in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament

The endgame of the NCAA Tournament is to crown a champion, but let’s face it: The first four days are all about the upsets.

 

The Valpos, Florida Gulf Coasts, Mercers, Lehighs and Bucknells are as much a part of the March Madness fabric as title-winning greatness.

 

If you’re picking a bracket or just trying to figure out the powers that will topple on Thursday and Friday, here’s our guide to the best potential upsets.

 

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