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Previewing the Five Best College Football Games of Week 1

By David Fox, 2 years 3 months 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, 2 years 3 months 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, 2 years 3 months 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, 2 years 3 months 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, 2 years 3 months 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, 2 years 3 months 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, 2 years 3 months 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...

College Football's Top 50 Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 months ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Whether it’s a true freshman playing for the first time, a junior college recruit stepping into the lineup or a player on the roster that’s finally ready to assume a starting job, predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. ...

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big 12 for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 months ago
The Big 12 heads into 2014 looking to rebound on the national stage. Oklahoma is coming off a huge Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama, and Baylor is likely to rank as a top 10 team by most this preseason after winning the conference title last year. The Sooners are a threat to win the national championship, but for the Big 12 to move up in the conference pecking order, Texas has to take a step...

The Big 12's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 years 3 months ago
Many believe that the Big 12 is a two-horse race in 2014. While that is likely true, the rest of the conference is going to be extremely entertaining. Kansas State, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State all believe they can step into that two-horse race and — because of the beauty of a true round-robin schedule — all five will get to face each other this...