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College Football's Top 15 Two-Star Recruits Since 2003

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
Recruiting rankings are an inexact science, and even the experts will admit that. It is virtually impossible to measure heart, work ethic, mental focus and self-awareness in 17- and 18-year-old kids. Especially, in the face of the most important decision they will ever make. Athlon Sports will finalize the Athlon Consensus 100 for the Class of 2013 this week. It's the sixth annual...

Top 30 Non-Conference Games to Watch in 2013

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
It is never too early to start looking ahead to next season. Especially now that Alabama is college football’s 2012 National Champion. This season featured huge showdowns between the ACC and SEC at the end of the year, Notre Dame battling with the Big Ten or Pac-12 all season long and a host of other important non-conference showdowns. Each and every year, a variety of intersectional matchups...

2013 College Football Lookahead: Best Games in Week 1

By David Fox, 1 year 6 months ago
Alabama may be reveling in its second consecutive national championship, but college football fans everywhere else are turning their attention to recruiting and spring practice. Those are just appetizers to the date everyone is really anticipating: The countdown for the 2013 season has begun. This is what you have to look forward to when the season reboots at the end of August. All...

20 Best Teams That Never Played for the BCS Championship

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
It only takes one penalty, one missed assignment or one yard for one loss to end a national championship. The 20 teams listed below came up just short of playing in the national championship game for one reason or another. Sometimes, off the field issues can impact whether or not a team plays in the BCS title game (see Ohio State this year). And in one historic case, a team did everything in...

Top 5 Fiesta Bowl Performances of the BCS Era

By Mitch Light, 1 year 6 months ago
With the 15th season of BCS bowl action about to take place, Athlon reviewed the tapes of the four (now five) biggest bowl games in college football. Since 1998, teams have been fighting to land a spot in the BCS and here are the players who made the most of their opportunities. Here are the Top Fiesta Bowl Performances of the BCS Era: 5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State, 2011 Blackmon...

Las Vegas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Boise State vs. Washington

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
With Boise State and Washington returning most of its starting core for 2013, the Las Vegas Bowl is a chance for both teams to establish momentum and use the postseason as a springboard for an improvement in the win column next year. The Broncos have played in the Las Vegas Bowl in each of the last two seasons, beating Utah and Arizona State by a combined score of 82-27. By reaching 10...

Bowl Predictions: New Mexico, Holiday, Las Vegas and more

By Mitch Light, 1 year 7 months ago
College football's bowl season begins on Saturday with the New Mexico Bowl and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Here are predictions on the first 14 bowl games.  New Mexico Bowl – Arizona vs. Nevada Defensive stops will be at a premium in Albuquerque, which plays host to one of only two bowls in which both teams are averaging over 500 yards of offense. Nevada won seven of its first eight...

Big East Split: What the Basketball Breakup Means for Football

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
The Big East suffered another setback in realignment, as seven basketball schools – Providence, DePaul, Marquette, Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova and Seton Hall have decided to break away from the conference. While this is a much bigger problem for the Big East’s basketball product, it could also present some issues for the football side. After losing Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC and...

15 BCS Championship Match-ups that should have happened

By Braden Gall, 1 year 7 months ago
Argument reigned supreme last season when one-loss Alabama got the nod to rematch with LSU over Oklahoma State in the BCS Championship game. Had the Cowboys simply beaten Iowa State two weeks earlier, there would have been no room for discussion. Since there is no playoff (yet) and a hodge-podge of very qualified one-loss teams — Oregon, Florida, Kansas State namely — are looking up at Alabama...

Ranking All 35 College Football Bowls for 2012: From Must-See to Must-Miss

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
Which bowls should you tune into? Athlon ranks and previews all of the matchups from the must-see to the ones you can avoid. Although Alabama and Notre Dame is clearly the biggest bowl game, with 34 other contests, there are plenty of other quality pairings to watch this postseason. Ranking the 35 Bowl Games: Must-Watch to Must-Miss 1. BCS National Title – Alabama (12-1) vs. Notre Dame (12...