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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...

Ranking the SEC's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 1 day 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...

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....

College Football's Best Lines of Scrimmage in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Each year, Athlon Sports produces conference and national unit rankings for all of the major position groups on the field. Who has the best receiving corps — both wide receivers and tight ends — in the nation? Who has the best set of linebackers — both inside and out, 4-3 or 3-4? It’s a fun and illuminating exercise that can help provide clarity...

Bret Bielema Faces Tough Rebuilding Project; Hogs Looking for Progress

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 5 days ago
From his ill-timed thoughts on player safety to his team’s epic struggles, Bret Bielema is the easiest target in the SEC. But let’s be honest about his on-field challenges at Arkansas: He inherited a mess of a roster in December 2012 with a stealth move from Madison to Fayetteville. This isn’t an apologist’s view. Privately, assistant coaches are saying it now...

10 Position Groups Under Pressure in the SEC for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
The terms “on the hot seat” or “under pressure” usually apply to quarterbacks and head coaches. After all, there’s an enormous amount of pressure on quarterbacks and coaches for any college football team. Despite most of the preseason focus on other positions, the battles in the trenches, at cornerback or in the receiving corps are just as important to any team...

Predicting the National College Football Awards for 2014

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 21 hours ago
Walk into any major college football facility and you will likely be greeted by some sort of massive trophy case. Some are bigger than others, some are more stocked than others and some are featured more prominently than others. But every school has one. Largely, they are used to show off former exploits and accomplishments on the field to future recruits. “Come to State U...

Texas A&M's Fall Practice To-Do List for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Texas A&M opens its third set of fall practices under Kevin Sumlin searching for answers on both sides of the ball. The Aggies went 4-4 in SEC play last season and must replace three first-round draft picks in quarterback Johnny Manziel, offensive tackle Jake Matthews and receiver Mike Evans. Replacing Manziel is the top offseason storyline for Sumlin, but Texas A&M’s defense...

Setting First-Year Expectations for Vanderbilt's Derek Mason

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Vanderbilt is coming off one of the best three-year stretches in program history. The Commodores won 24 games under James Franklin, including back-to-back bowl victories and top-25 finishes in the Associated Press poll for the 2012-13 seasons. Franklin left for Penn State after Vanderbilt’s win over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl and was replaced by Derek Mason. Mason arrives at...
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