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College Football's Top 10 Dark Horse National Title Contenders for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Predicting college football's national champion is never an easy task. In addition to combing through schedules, returning starters, players lost and statistics, there are several factors impossible to account for. Injuries and luck will have a major impact on the 2014 season - and neither can be projected. The impact of preseason polls on the national title race is overrated, but there...

Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 4 days ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the Big 12 to talk anonymously about...

College Football's All-Freshman Team for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
College football fans know about Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, but there’s a new crop of superstars waiting to emerge. Every college football season always brings new household names, and the countdown has officially started for 2014. With fall practice underway, freshmen are on...

Ranking the Big 12's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago
Official school logos have been and will always be the simplest and most important way for a college program to classify and separate itself from its peers. Some change dramatically over time while others are literally set in stone for decades. Some are edgy, exciting and extremely busy while others are clean, classic and simple.  Every college football program in the nation has an...

15 Defensive Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 week 6 days ago
When it comes to the Heisman Trophy, the little guy gets no respect. And by the little guy, I don’t mean Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton. I mean 300-pound defensive lineman or 6-foot-4 fire-breathing linebackers. No, when it comes to the most prestigious trophy in sports, the entire defensive side of the ball has been largely ignored for the better part of a century. Michigan...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: State of College Football with Steven Godfrey

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 10 hours ago
The Athlon Sports Cover 2 college football podcast is finally back in Nashville after trips to SEC and Big Ten Media Days.  To offer a complete media days recap and a general state of college football address, Braden Gall and David Fox are joined by SBNation's Steven Godfrey. The guys break down autonomy, the future of scheduling, the impact of sweeping changes on the fans and...

10 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 20 hours ago
Defining the term “dark horse” was actually the toughest part of this exercise. Finding really talented players who could breakout into prominent roles is actually the easiest part of trying to pick Heisman Trophy sleepers. Part of what makes college football the greatest sport in the world is its volatility and unpredictability. After debates with many trusted advisors...

College Football's Top QB Battles to Watch in 2014 Fall Practice

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Less than a month remains to the start of the 2014 college football season, and with fall camps opening, positions on every depth chart are up for grabs. While battles on the offensive line, defense and receiving corps are important, the quarterback situations across all FBS teams get the most attention in the fall. There are a handful of top 25 teams searching for answers under center...

Top 25 Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 1 day ago
There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, QBs have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and Reggie Bush (2005) are the only running backs since the turn of the century to win the award. Second, only once in the nine-decade...

College Football's Best Coordinator Duos in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Some coaches are great recruiters. Some are great talent developers. Some are great with the media and power boosters. Some are simply great CEOs. Only a select few can say they can do it all. So being able to identify your weaknesses and correct them by surrounding yourself with great personnel is a skill just like coaching defensive backs, luring recruits or glad-handing donors....