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Big Ten Football 2014 Spring Preview and Storylines

Athlon previews the storylines for spring practice in the Big Ten.
Big Ten Football 2014 Spring Preview and Storylines

It’s tough to glean much from spring practice, but for the 14 teams in the Big Ten, these preseason workouts couldn’t get here fast enough. 2013 was a disappointing year for the conference, as only three teams – Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin – finished in the final Associated Press top 25 poll. 

Ranking the Big 12 Football Rosters for 2014

Who has the best football roster in the Big 12 heading into 2014?
Ranking the Big 12 Football Rosters for 2014

Love or hate football recruiting, it matters. Coaching, support staffs, financial situations and even a little bit of luck goes into winning football games, but having great players always helps too.

Top 10 ACC Offensive Linemen of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the best ACC offensive linemen of the BCS Era.
Top 10 ACC Offensive Linemen of the BCS Era

The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.

College Football's Top 10 Running Backs on the Rise for 2014

Karlos Williams is a name to remember in 2014.
College Football's Top 10 Running Backs on the Rise for 2014

With spring practice already underway for some college football teams, the countdown to the 2014 season has officially started. There’s still a long way to go before August and the season opener, but it’s never too early to start thinking about which players are ready for a big jump in production.

Pinpointing Coaches of the Year for Every Major College Basketball Conference

Virginia's Tony Bennett is our pick for top coach in the ACC
Pinpointing Coaches of the Year for Every Major College Basketball Conference


With a little more than two weeks to Selection Sunday, the college basketball season almost certainly has a few more surprises even before the NCAA Tournament.

Some of those, though, won’t be many of the best coaching jobs in each league. By now, we know the teams that have overachieved, teams that have faced some of the most adversity and teams that have thrived despite of limitations.

For the most part, we know who is in contention for coach of the year in every major conference even before the invitations to the NCAA Tournament.

NASCAR Rookie Report: The Daytona 500

Ranking the eight-driver crop of rookies in the Sprint Cup Series
A weekly ranking of the rookies in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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 attempts to isolate each rookie from his team and equipment and properly rank the driving chops of each driver in this year’s rookie class.

Profiling Minnesota: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Andre Hollins, Gophers face make-or-break stretch this week
Profiling Minnesota: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Minnesota won an NCAA Tournament game last season, and Tubby Smith was shown the door.

The Gophers are flirting with the NCAA bubble, and first-year coach Richard Pitino has the Minnesota fanbase energized.

Pitino has a chance to be the first first-year coach to reach the Tournament since Bill Muselman in 1972, but the Gophers have to make a major statement this week. The Gophers picked up two major wins in January against Wisconsin and Minnesota, but Pitino’s team has been quiet since then.

Profiling Missouri: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Jabari Brown and the Tigers facing must-win situation at Georgia tonight
NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: Profiling Missouri

Hovering around .500 in the SEC is not great for an NCAA Tournament resume. Missouri could learn how damaging that could be as the Tigers sit on the bubble.

As the Tigers head into tonight’s game against Georgia, Missouri is entering the must-win territory of its schedule, especially after a loss to Alabama on Saturday. Georgia is not a threat to go to the NCAA Tournament, but the Bulldogs are comfortable with the spoiler role, defeating bubble teams like Ole Miss and LSU in Athens in February.

Earnhardt's Daytona 500 victory puts wind in NASCAR sails

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Daytona 500
Reaction to NASCAR's 56th annual Daytona 500 and race-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

Thirteen years after tragedy and 10 years after triumph, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled into Daytona 500 Victory Lane a second time. Emotions ran high in a race where a car with the slanted, stylized “3” made famous by his late father led the field to green hours earlier. No one would have blamed the driver if, soaking in the breadth of history, he simply broke down in tears.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Utah QB Travis Wilson Cleared to Return for Spring Practice

Wilson is closer to a return to the field in 2014.
Utah QB Travis Wilson Cleared to Return for Spring Practice

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson’s playing career was in doubt after a pre-existing condition was discovered after concussion tests in November.

However, Wilson recently received good news, as he was cleared to participate in spring practice.

Wilson still has more tests in his future to determine his playing status for 2014, but this is clearly a step in the right direction.

In nine games last year, Wilson threw for 1,827 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 386 yards and five scores on 81 attempts.

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