Offensive Line Play Could Doom Oregon and UCLA's Title Hopes

Bruins and Ducks have concerns up front.
Offensive Line Play Could Doom Oregon and UCLA's Title Hopes

Offensive line play is often overlooked when analyzing and predicting a college football season. Outside of quarterback play, the five players in the trenches are the most important position on offense. Good skill players won’t go far with a limited offensive line, and a passing game won’t get on track if there’s no protection.

Expert Poll: Week 3 Heisman Trophy Voting

Did the loss to South Carolina hurt Gurley's Heisman chances?
Expert Poll: 2014 Week 3 Heisman Trophy Voting

Athlon Sports has formed a Heisman Trophy committee. Each week, we will ask 13 members of the national college football media to rank their top candidates for the Heisman Trophy.


Each voter will rank their top five candidates, with each first-place vote getting five points and each last-place vote getting one point.


The Panel:


Bret Bielema's Rebuilding Project on Track at Arkansas

The Hogs are showing improvement in 2014.
Bret Bielema's Rebuilding Project on Track at Arkansas

Arkansas has experienced its share of highs and lows since joining the SEC in 1992. The Razorbacks have won at least 10 games three times since 2006 but also bottomed out with an 0-8 record in conference play in 2013.


Finishing 0-8 in SEC play in 2013 was the result of several factors, but the winless season is largely attributed to the coaching carousel that transpired in Fayetteville. 


Outrageous College Football Predictions: Week 4

Outlandish and outrageous things to watch for in college football this weekend.
Outrageous College Football Predictions: 2014 Week 4

The original reality TV show is sports. No contrived setting where seven strangers living in a house or one bachelor searching for love can match the excitement the Iron Bowl delivered last fall.


The beauty of college football lies in its complete unpredictability and drama. Here are some outrageous predictions for Week 4.


Note: The point of this column is to have some fun and make some outlandish predictions. Please react accordingly.

Chicagoland winner Keselowski prepares for reset as NASCAR Chase marches on

Brad Keselowski, No. 2 team overcome adversity, win Chase opener
Brad Keselowski makes statement with win at Chicagoland Speedway. NASCAR pushes on to second Chase for Sprint Cup event.

Qualifying has never been so important in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series — just ask the six drivers with the best qualifying average on the circuit. Each has scored multiple wins in 2014.


Brad Keselowski is amongst that group. In fact, he leads it. Keselowski’s five wins are a series best, as is his 7.2-place average starting position.


That’s what made Sunday’s Chase kickoff race at Chicagoland Speedway unusual.


NASCAR Rookie Report: Did Cup newbies making a "passing" grade in season's third quarter?

Ranking the seven-driver crop of rookies in the Sprint Cup Series
David Smith analyzes the third quarter passing splits of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookies from the 2014 season.

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 analyzes the third quarter passing splits of rookies from the 2014 season.



NASCAR Chase Race No. 1: The four things we learned at Chicagoland Speedway

Through the Gears: Keselowski wins first Chase race; Larson on verge of breaking through
Post-race reaction from Chicagoland Speedway, where Brad Keselowski won his fifth race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and earned a pass into Round 2 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Wait a second. Are you telling me there was a pass for the lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ visit to Chicagoland Speedway within the last 20 laps of the race? Not just one, or two, or three … but four passes? 


Fantasy Football 2014 Waiver Wire: Week 3

Knile Davis took over for an injured Jamaal Charles on Sunday and rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns against Denver
Fantasy Football 2014 Waiver Wire: Week 3

Injuries and other circumstances have not been kind to fantasy football superstars early this season. Many this week had to make do without any solid contributions from Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green or Robert Griffin III to name a few.