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Big East Split: What the Basketball Breakup Means for Football

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 11 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 11 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 11 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...

Rutgers Joins Big Ten; What's Next for the Big East?

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 6 days ago
College football has been on a wave of non-stop realignment over the last two years, and the dominoes continued to fall with the Big Ten’s addition of Rutgers. Maryland was announced as the Big Ten’s 13th team on Monday, while the Scarlet Knights will join as team No. 14 in 2014. Just as the Big Ten did with Maryland, picking up Rutgers adds another team in a valuable television market. The...

College Football: BCS Analysis Post-Week 9

By David Fox, 2 years 4 weeks ago
Even as four BCS top-10 teams lost Saturday, the national championship rankings became no less clear. Except, perhaps, Alabama’s status at No. 1. With former No. 2 Florida losing to No. 10 Georgia on Saturday, the coveted second spot for the national title was up for grabs. Even if Notre Dame had the more impressive win last week by defeating then-No. 8 Oklahoma 30-13 in Norman, Kansas...

College Football: BCS Analysis Post-Week 8

By David Fox, 2 years 1 month ago
Shades of 2008 and 2009 continue to play out in the BCS standings as Alabama and Florida remain on top in the second release of the rankings. The two teams met in the SEC championship game in those two seasons for a winner-take-all trip to the national championship game and may again if both teams remain undefeated. However, the action in the second week of the BCS rankings was outside...

College Football's Second-Half Predictions for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
The first half of the college football season provided plenty of twists and turns, but the second half is really when the national championship and the conference title races will be decided. With most teams finished with their non-conference games, the focus shifts to conference play, which is arguably the best stretch of the season. And the best news for college football fans? None of the...

College Football's Top 10 Surprises After Two Weeks

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 2 months ago
Only two weeks of the 2012 college football season are in the books, but there has been plenty of action so far. After two weeks, Athlon runs down 10 surprises, including Pac-12 teams UCLA, Arizona and Oregon State. There's still plenty of time for our opinion to change on these teams/players/units over the next few weeks, but here are 10 things that caught our attention through two games....

College Football: BCS Crasher Stock Report

By David Fox, 2 years 2 months ago
Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State on Saturday. Although last season marked the first time since 2003 the BCS bowls lacked a team from outside of the six automatic-qualifying conferences, the scene around Mountain West, Conference USA and MAC remained intriguing until the final weeks of the season....

College Football Coaches Talk Anonymously About Top 25 Teams

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 months 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 during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2012, Athlon asked coaches around each conference to talk anonymously about their opponents...