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SEC-Big 12 Challenge Preview and Predictions

Big 12 looking to showcase depth. SEC looking to showcase anything
SEC-Big 12 Challenge Preview and Predictions

For a challenge between the strongest major conference from top to bottom a year ago (the Big 12) against the most top heavy (the SEC), this year’s event has surprisingly interesting matchups.

 

The headliner, Texas’ trip to Kentucky, matches two teams with Final Four aspirations and star-studded frontcourts. Arkansas and Iowa State should meet in an entertaining up-and-down affair. The matchup in Morgantown features one overachieving team (West Virginia) with one still struggling to find its way (LSU).

 

College Football Playoff Rankings Analysis: Week 15

Baylor, Florida State sustain shocking drops
College Football Playoff Rankings Analysis: Week 15

In general, the best advice about the weekly playoff rankings is to take a deep breath and move on.

If there’s a time before the final playoff pairings to wonder just what is going on in that committee room in Dallas and wonder if some teams were better off with the BCS, this is that time.

 

Again, panic is not advised, but if that's your bag, we grant you permission.

8 Coaching Candidates to Replace Brady Hoke at Michigan

Who will replace Hoke in Ann Arbor?
8 Coaching Candidates to Replace Brady Hoke at Michigan

Michigan is the second Big Ten coaching position to open this offseason, as coach Brady Hoke was fired on Tuesday. Hoke went 31-20 in four seasons with the Wolverines, including an 11-2 record in 2011. However, since leading Michigan to a Sugar Bowl appearance and winning 11 games, the Wolverines are just 20-18 and missed out on a bowl in 2014.

 

Embattled Indiana Coach Tom Crean Enters Critical Week

After tumultuous offseason, Hoosiers face Pittsburgh, Louisville this week
Embattled Indiana Coach Tom Crean Enters Critical Week

Lucky for Tom Crean, the tumultuous offseason is over. Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers can breathe a little easier, for the time being, and concentrate strictly on basketball.

Just three weeks ago, Crean was feeling the pressure from an IU fan base starved for a sixth national title banner to hang in Assembly Hall. Or at least an Indiana program back in the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence.

Instead, Bloomington had controversy.

College Football's Post-Week 14 Bowl Projections

Athlon projects the postseason after Week 14.
College Football's Post-Week 14 Bowl Projections 2014

The final week of the 2014 college football season has arrived, and the bowl and national title picture is starting to clear. The playoff committee will release its sixth set of rankings on Tuesday this week, and there’s one more poll coming from the committee next Sunday after the Week 15 action.

 

College Football's Post-Week 14 Playoff Projection

Athlon projects the CFB playoff.
College Football's Post-Week 14 Playoff Projection

College football’s playoff committee has released four sets of rankings, and the debate about the top four teams will continue every week until the final matchups are released. While the top 25 rankings are expected to change each week and will look drastically different from the release of the first poll to the last one, the playoff committee's poll provided some insight into the process.

 

Previewing the Top Games of College Football's Championship Week

Playoff contenders look to seal final spots, make final statements
Previewing the Top Games of College Football Championship Week

Rivalry week delivered on excitement but only one major alteration in the playoff race.

 

Mississippi State is out (we assume) after losing the Egg Bowl. Championship week, though, may go a long way to clinching that final spot — or more depending on upsets.

 

The selection committee has said since Day One that conference championships will factor into their decisions, but to what degree isn’t certain. There’s no rubric that awards points for league champions.

 

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