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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.

10 Teams That Made Statements in the First Month of College Basketball Season

Kentucky, Duke jump out of the gates, Utah and TCU surprise
10 Teams That Made a Statement in the First Month of College Basketball Season

Less than a full month into the college basketball season, and we’ve already had a handful of major statements.

Kentucky, Duke and Arizona are as good as advertised. Maybe better. Texas, Louisville and Wisconsin are doing exactly what they should be at this point in the year. Gonzaga is better than many expected. Same with Utah or Butler.

Of course, no one remembers a team for what it did in November or December in college basketball, but these games are important.

Fantasy Football 2014 Kicker Rankings: Week 15

Adam Vinatieri is the only kicker in the NFL who has yet to miss this season
Fantasy Football 2014 Kicker Rankings: Week 15

Adam Vinatieri has yet to miss a kick this season, which is a good enough reason by itself to have him lead off Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings for Week 15. Vinatieri will turn 42 years old later this month and is on the verge of finishing up his 19th season in the NFL, yet you could make the argument he’s getting better with age. Vinatieri is second among kickers in fantasy points, tied for second in scoring and is fourth in made field goals (27).

Fantasy Football 2014 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 15

Robert Quinn and the Rams' defense posted their second straight shutout, dominating the Redskins 24-0 on the road
Fantasy Football 2014 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 15

The St. Louis Rams have posted back-to-back shutouts, an impressive performance that earns them a spot near the top of Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 15. The Rams haven’t given up a point in three weeks, having shut out the Raiders and Redskins by a combined score of 76-0. This DST also has racked up 13 sacks, seven takeaways (5 INTs, 2 fumbles) and two touchdowns during this span. St. Louis is another strong option this week against Arizona, but don’t sleep on the Cardinals, the No. 5 fantasy DST this season.

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