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12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament

These teams are not bringing their best into the Tourney. How much will it hurt them?
12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament
Plenty of cases can be made for the anatomy of an upset and all the great things about potential Cinderellas.

At the same time, maybe not enough of the focus goes to the other half of the upset, the losing team heading back from the NCAA Tournament with its championship dreams shattered.

NASCAR Rookie Report: Flawed system rewards best team, not best driver

Rookie of the Year should be awarded to the best rookie, not the rookie with the best team
NASCAR's Rookie of the Year should be awarded to the best rookie, not the rookie with the best team, writes David Smith.

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 openly questions how the title of “Rookie of the Year” is awarded.

Florida State Unveils National Championship Rings

Florida State's national title rings are making the rounds.
Florida State Reveals Rings for National Championship

Florida State closed out the BCS era with an impressive run to the national title. The Seminoles finished 14-0 and rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Auburn in the championship game.

Not only did Florida State take home the crystal ball trophy, the players, coaches and support staff will receive three rings for their successful 2013 season.

The picture below tweeted by assistant coach Tim Brewster showcases the rings, which includes one from winning the ACC title and one from the BCS to celebrate the team’s national title.

The Pac-12's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the Top 25 best players to play in the Pac-12 during the BCS Era.
The Pac-12's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

The Pac-12 has long been considered an offensive football conference.

With a rich history of elite quarterbacks, offensive playmakers and innovative coaching staffs, it’s not too difficult to back that claim up with facts. Bill Walsh, Don James, Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll set the bar for offensive advancement over the years while new faces like Rich Rodriguez, Mike Leach and Todd Graham continue to elevate this league’s standing nationally.

Arkansas Razorbacks 2014 Spring Football Preview

Hogs fans are hoping to have more to cheer about in 2014.
Arkansas Razorbacks 2014 Spring Football Preview

Arkansas had the worst football season in its existence in 2013.

And that was after firing an extremely popular and successful coach for getting caught illegally hiring his young mistress into the athletic department and finishing 4-8 under John L. Smith.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough few years for Razorbacks fans. In the toughest division in football, the uphill climb back to SEC respectability - much less the Sugar Bowl - appears to be extremely treacherous.

Potential Cinderella Teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

Which unknown teams are about to become household names this week?
Potential Cinderella Teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

The concept of a mid-major may be out of date thanks to the last few seasons.

Think about it: Butler and VCU have routinely put up high-major program results. Wichita State invests in its program in ways some programs in major conferences do not. Creighton and Xavier now share the Big East banner.

Top 10 Greatest Buzzer Beaters in NCAA Tournament History

Edwards endures rain-soaked Sunday in Bristol

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Bristol
Carl Edwards wins a rain-soaked Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

March Madness is supposed to apply to this week’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, not NASCAR, which endured an eight-hour, marathon of a race for the second time in less than a month Sunday. Mother Nature wreaked havoc at Bristol Motor Speedway, causing two rain delays and finally ending the event prematurely when caution lights malfunctioned for inexplicable reasons.  Bristol Motor Speedway

Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Each of the 68 NCAA Tournament Teams

One account for every team, from media to players to coaches to mascots
Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Each of the 68 NCAA Tournament Teams

First, our sincere condolences for anyone who isn’t able to sneak away from work on Thursday or Friday to take in one of the greatest days in the sports calendar.

With 16 games, 32 teams to follow in one day is tough enough with multiple screens but perhaps impossible with the boss looking over your shoulder.

Athlon Sports will do what it can to help you follow each team in the field with these Twitter accounts for every team in the NCAA Tournament.

Missouri Tigers 2014 Spring Football Preview

The Maty Mauk Era begins in Columbia this spring.
Missouri Tigers 2014 Spring Football Preview

Texas A&M was supposed to be the team that could step into the SEC and compete right away. And after a Heisman Trophy for the Aggies and seven losses for Missouri in their first trip through the league, it appeared that basic sentiment was correct.

That all changed last season, however, as Mizzou won the SEC East and 12 games in impressive fashion in just their second year in the SEC. Many will point to a chip-on-the-shoulder attitude that permeated Tigers camp last spring as the foundation for the run at an SEC championship.

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