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5 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few.Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor that most would consider important for preseason predictions.But is it time...

Which Schools Can End Their Heisman Droughts?

By David Fox, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Note to the uninitiated: Charles Woodson is not a good name to drop around Knoxville.In 1997, the Michigan defensive back beat out Peyton Manning for the Heisman Trophy, one of the greatest Heisman heists if you ask anyone in SEC country.Tennessee had Heisman runners up before (four of them total) and had been closer in the voting (Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung beat out Johnny Majors by 72...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Hot Seat for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The term “hot seat” is no stranger to college football fans. Hot seat talk usually revolves around coaches, but quarterbacks can be grouped into the same conversation. Without a good coach or quarterback, it’s not easy to win games on the FBS level.Considering how valuable quarterbacks are to reaching a bowl game, conference title or national championship, let’s take a...

College Football 2014 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The 2014 college football season kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes in Dallas with the first four-team playoff in the FBS ranks on January 12, 2015. Since it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming college football season, Athlon Sports has already released its projected rankings, predictions for all 10 leagues and all-conference teams for 2014. With the predictions and...

Is Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer at a Crossroads in 2014?

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 14 hours ago
As the Sun Bowl approached last December, the reward for an 8–4 regular season, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer offered a rare moment of candor regarding his future. The resignations of Texas’ Mack Brown and Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe, two of his contemporaries and closest friends in the coaching business, weighed heavily on his mind. “It just kind of reminds you that...

Florida State Football 2014 Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Life is good in Tallahassee right now. Jimbo Fisher is the commander in chief of the reigning national champions, has a Heisman Trophy winner returning under center and will face another extremely manageable schedule in the inferior yet improving ACC. Florida State enters the College Football Playoff Era with one of the best rosters in the nation and the experience of winning it all a...

Miami Football 2014 Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Al Golden is entering a critical fourth season at The U. In the face of nasty NCAA allegations, Miami’s head coach has done solid work to rebuild his program through recruiting and roster turnover. But the Hurricanes are still lagging well behind consistent ACC powers Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech. The defense improved ever so slightly a year ago but still has a long...

Everything You Need to Know About College Football Analytics

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Analytics have become commonplace in sports. Casual baseball fans know about Moneyball and the value of on-base percentage over batting average and have at least heard of WAR (Wins Above Replacement), even if they don’t really know what it’s good for. Casual basketball fans were probably exposed to John Hollinger’s PER (Player Efficiency Rating) system at some point, know about...

Ranking the ACC Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Ranking anything in sports is subjective. We may all agree on certain things — like Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant or that Lambeau Field is better than the Edward Jones Dome — but for the most part, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Ranking college football stadiums is not only subjective but also extremely intricate. General atmosphere, fan...

Miami's Uncertainty at QB Continues with Addition of Jake Heaps

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Miami’s quarterback situation is one of the biggest mysteries in the ACC for 2014, and coach Al Golden has added another option to start in Kansas transfer Jake Heaps. The addition of Heaps was announced through Miami’s official site.Heaps was regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2010 signing class and played two seasons at BYU. In 2010, Heaps started 10 games with the...