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Celebrating Athlon's NASCAR Rookie of the Year: Kyle Larson

Larson's first-year stats on par with great rookies of the past
Celebrating a spectacular rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by Kyle Larson.

Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers and more.

 

Today, David celebrates the 2014 Athlon Sports NASCAR Rookie of the Year, Kyle Larson.

 

 

College Football Playoff Rankings Analysis: Week 12

TCU's move to No. 4 brings questions
College Football Playoff Rankings Analysis: Week 12

The first major dilemmas for the College Football Playoff selection committee may be on the way.

 

Baylor’s trouncing of Oklahoma in Norman vaulted the Bears into the top 10 of the weekly rankings, but it wasn't enough to push Baylor ahead of TCU, raising questions about head-to-head wins and non-conference scheduling.

 

Indeed, Baylor may force the selection committee some interesting explanations if the Bears continue to win.

 

Here's why:

 

Fantasy Football 2014 Waiver Wire: Week 11

Fred Jackson should be leading the charge in Buffalo’s backfield very soon
Fantasy Football 2014 Waiver Wire: Week 11

The fantasy football season has entered the home stretch with Week 11 on the horizon. The fantasy playoffs will begin in a few weeks, which means these next few games could make or break many a season. Reinforcements are on the way now that the two big bye weeks are in the rear-view mirror.

College Football's Post-Week 11 Playoff Projection

Athlon projects the CFB playoff.
College Football's Post-Week 11 Playoff Projection

College football’s playoff committee has released two 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.

 

College Football's Post-Week 11 Bowl Projections

Athlon projects the postseason after Week 11.
College Football's Post-Week 11 Bowl Projections 2014

College football’s 2014 season has reached its final stretch run, and the bowl and national title picture is starting to clear. The playoff committee will release its third set of rankings on Tuesday this week, which should give fans, coaches and players a better idea of what the committee values heading into the last few weeks of the season.

 

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalists Announced

Prestigious award to be presented to top college quarterback on Dec. 8
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalists Announced

The field of candidates for one of college football’s most prestigious awards has been narrowed down to five with the announcement of this season’s finalists for The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Previewing the Must-Watch College Football Games of Week 12

The top two teams hit the road in another critical week
Previewing the Must-Watch College Football Games of Week 12

Change in college football is all around us, especially in this first season leading to the playoff.

 

One truism remains the case in the changing landscape, though: It’s darn tough to win a conference road game.

 

The top two teams in the country may learn that this week when Mississippi State visits Alabama and Florida State visits rival Miami. 

 

Deshaun Watson's Return From Injury Should Spark Clemson's Offense

Watson is back under center this week.
Deshaun Watson's Return Should Spark Clemson's Offense

Clemson is having an uncharacteristic season on offense. The Tigers average just 5.4 yards per play (ninth in the ACC) and rank sixth in the conference by averaging 32.4 points per game. The slow start hasn’t drastically affected Clemson’s record, and coach Dabo Swinney’s team is poised to push for another season of at least 10 wins.

 

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