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College Football's 2014 Postseason All-America Team

Athlon makes its picks for All-America honors.
College Football's 2014 Postseason All-America Team

With the conclusion of the regular season, it’s time to reflect on the college football season and honor the best of the best from 2014. There were plenty of outstanding individual and team performances this year, and of course, we can’t forget about the new four-team playoff, which added a new element of intrigue to the season.

 

North Carolina Tar Heels at Kentucky Wildcats: Preview and Predictions

Tar Heels run into angry Wildcats squad in Lexington
North Carolina Tar Heels at Kentucky Wildcats: Preview and Predictions

In an alternate reality, North Carolina fans had to enjoy a team in pale blue making a run at Kentucky in Rupp Arena.

 

Alas, that game was three days too early, and the school was Columbia rather than the Tar Heels.

 

Columbia jumped to an early 11-0 lead on Kentucky on Wednesday, and though the Wildcats defeated the Ivy Leaguers 56-46, the game was a clear wake-up call for Kentucky. The Wildcats are a near-unanimous No. 1 team whose defensive play may be the best in recent history.

 

College Football's Biggest Disappointments in 2014

The season could have been better if these teams were at their best
College Football's Biggest Disappointments in 2014

College football award season can be fun.

This is a time for appreciating the game — conference players of the year, coaches of the year, the Heisman, Doak Walker, Biletnikoff, Outland and so on.

For every team and player enjoying a banner year, there’s another who will be going home or a bowl game disappointed.

Not all of our disappointments are equal. Some let us down because these teams could have and should have achieved more. Some simply denied us to see a college football season at its best.

Oklahoma

10 Teams that Flopped in the First Month of the College Basketball Season

Nebraska, Michigan are off to rough starts after high expectations
10 Teams that Flopped in the First Month of the College Basketball Season

Nebraska is new to being a team people watch during the college basketball season, so let us offer a word of advice:

Don’t lose at home to teams no one knew was a part of Division I basketball.

The Cornhuskers, a surprise NCAA Tournament team last season, lost 74-73 on Wednesday to Incarnate Word, a Catholic institution in San Antonio that just joined Division I this season.

That game itself was a shock, but combine it with Nebraska’s earlier losses, and the season is an all-out flop.

College Football's 2014-15 Bowl Picks and Predictions

Athlon's staff predicts the postseason.
College Football's 2014-15 Bowl Picks and Predictions

College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 20 and extends until Jan. 12 with the national championship in Arlington, Texas in the first year of the four-team playoff. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 20, Athlon’s editors give their predictions for the bowl season.

 

College Football Playoff National Championship Rings Unveiled

These rings will go to the national champion.
College Football Playoff National Championship Rings Unveiled

It’s the first year of the college football playoff, so there’s plenty of new surrounding the format, including a championship trophy and rings to the winning team.

Earlier this week, the college football championship playoff ring was unveiled. And the ring certainly isn’t missing in the wow factor department.

Check out the new rings coming to the champion of the college football playoff:

 

 

Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams Preview and Prediction

Robert Quinn and the Rams' defense has posted back-to-back shutouts
Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams Preview and Prediction

The surging St. Louis Rams (7-6) welcome an Arizona Cardinals (10-3) team that shook off two straight tough losses to post a key win over Kansas City in Week 14. Basically, both of these long-suffering franchises are merely happy to be playing meaningful football in December. “For some teams, (playing in December) doesn’t mean a damn thing except the season’s almost over,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.

10 Amazing Heisman Trophy Stats You Need To Know in 2014

Marcus Mariota is likely to win the Heisman on Saturday.
10 Amazing Heisman Trophy Stats You Need To Know for 2014

Marcus Mariota is going to win the 2014 Heisman Memorial Trophy.

 

And there couldn’t be a more deserving candidate.

 

The Oregon quarterback won the Pac-12 North, won the Pac-12 championship, earned a spot in the first College Football Playoff and set numerous records. He is the nation’s most efficient passer (186.33) and is the nation’s most productive player with 4,452 yards of total offense.

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