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Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: 2014 Week 1 Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 days 7 hours ago
College football season is finally here and the guys preview the opening weekend of the season. Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan make picks, talk upsets, discuss Braxton Miller's injury and argue about fall weddings. Have a question or comment? Contact us at or on Twitter at @AthlonSports, @BradenGall, @DavidFox615 and @AthlonSteven

The 2014 All-Gone Team: College Football's Key Players Out for the Year

By David Fox, 2 days 12 hours ago
Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury may end up having the most impact of any departure all season, but it won’t be the only one. The Ohio State quarterback and Heisman contender is one of a handful of key players who saw their seasons end before it even started.Every year, injuries, suspensions and departures put teams in a bind in the final weeks and days before the...

Setting the Expectations for College Football's Second-Year Coaches

By Steven Lassan, 3 days 15 hours ago
Predicting the success of college football coaches on a year-to-year basis is nearly impossible. There’s a baseline of results and history to use, along with a program track record, but good coaches can raise the profile of a team in a short amount of time. Need evidence? How about James Franklin at Vanderbilt? The group of first-year coaches in 2013 had a successful debut, starting...

Previewing the Five Best College Football Games of Week 1

By David Fox, 3 days 17 hours ago
Dear college football, please don’t screw up this first weekend.Week 1 features its fair share of power teams playing other power teams, but we’re not quite sure the first week is going to be the most competitive.We’ve waited all summer for this, so please, college football, give us some drama.Let’s pretend Alabama-West Virginia and Florida State-Oklahoma State aren...

Dorial Green-Beckham Denied Immediate Eligibility at Oklahoma

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 7 min ago
Oklahoma and receiver Dorial Green-Beckham received some bad news on Friday, as the NCAA denied the former Missouri standout’s request for immediate eligibility in 2014.Green-Beckham will sit out 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play for the Sooners in 2015.Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri in mid-April after an off-the-field incident and was hoping to use...

College Football 2014 Conference and National Title Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 13 hours ago
College football’s 2014 season is slated to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 27, and the first playoff format of the FBS concludes on Jan. 12 with the national championship game. And with kickoff right around the corner, it’s time to finalize predictions, picks and rankings for the upcoming year.Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions...

Big 12 Advanced Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 6 days 15 hours ago
Visit Football Study Hall to get in-depth team previews, advanced stats and features for the 2014 season .Baseball has sabermetrics. Basketball has KenPom’s efficiency rankings. What does football have? When it comes to advanced analytics, the game of football has lagged behind the other major American sports. Additionally, the college game trails well behind the more powerful (...

College Football's Top 50 Games to Watch in 2014

By Braden Gall, 6 days 16 hours ago
You need to know which games you can’t miss in 2014? Here is a comprehensive list of the Top 50 must-see college football games of the year. Set the DVR now. 1. Auburn at Alabama (Nov. 29)Not only are in-state and conference bragging rights on the line for 364 days in the nation’s biggest event this year, but the winner of this one game also played in each of the final five...

Ranking College Football's Top 50 Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 14 hours ago
Ranking the best college football players in the nation is an impossible task, but that’s exactly what Athlon Sports has set out to do with the start of the 2014 season less than 10 days away. Florida State’s Jameis Winston takes the No. 1 spot in the player rankings, with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota a close No. 2. Winston and Mariota headline a deep group of quarterbacks in...

10 Players Who Will Decide College Football's 2014 National Title

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 15 hours ago
Every college football team has personnel issues heading into the 2014 season. But some teams have roster concerns with national title implications. Whether it’s a quarterback battle, an open spot at defensive tackle or cornerback, every personnel concern is magnified in the race to win a national championship. Florida State is college football’s defending national champion, and...