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10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 5 days ago
When predicting college football’s national champion, experience at quarterback is usually one of the most important factors to consider. However, is it time to reconsider how important experience is under center? Three of the last four teams to play in the title game had a first-year starter at quarterback. Alabama’s Greg McElroy took home the title in 2009, while Auburn’s Cam Newton won the...

15 Biggest College Football Quarterback Battles

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 week ago
The kickoff to the 2012 college football season is just around the corner, but quarterback battles remain in full swing across the nation. Most national title contenders have settled on a quarterback, but Oregon - ranked by most experts in the top 10 - has yet to settle on a starter. Texas could push Oklahoma for the Big 12 title but needs to pick between David Ash or Case McCoy. And there's...

College Football's Top 20 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 weeks ago
The start of the 2012 college football season is just a few weeks away. However, as fall practice kicks off around the nation, plenty of unanswered questions remain, including some that will have an impact on the national title race. Athlon preps you for everything you need to know about fall practice with the 20 biggest storylines to watch over the next couple of weeks. College Football's...

College Football's Overrated Trends and Overlooked Numbers

By David Fox, 2 years 3 weeks ago
With college football season less than a month away, some (but hopefully not all) preseason predictions and projections will be moot. Trust us, we’ve been digesting our thoughts on the upcoming season since the end of spring practice and even the end of bowl season. As is the case each season, some of the summer’s biggest talking points will fall flat once the season begins. And after a few...

College Football's Darkhorse National Title Contenders for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month 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 2012 season - and neither can be projected.  Most of college football's national title winners will come from within the top...

College football conference realignment draft: Part 4

By David Fox, 2 years 2 months ago
As we enter the final day of our conference realignment draft, all four commissioners elected to use the entire allotment of picks to build 16-team superconferences. Through the first 12 rounds, each league established its identity. Some are focused on particular regions, some are focused on being well-rounded among football, basketball and baseball programs. Previous rounds: Rounds 1-4 |...

Mountain West Football 2012 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 2 months ago
The 2012 college football season is just around the corner, and Athlon continues its countdown to kickoff with a look at our first and second All-Mountain West teams for this season. Athlon's 2012 All-Mountain West Team First-Team Offense QB Brett Smith, Wyoming RB Chris Nwoke, Colorado State RB Robbie Rouse, Fresno State WR Chris McNeill, Wyoming WR Matt Miller, Boise...

Mountain West Football 2012 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 2 months ago
The Mountain West will have yet another new look in 2012. The ever-changing conference lost TCU — which went 48–7 during its seven-year stay — to the Big 12 and added Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii from the WAC. Next year, it will be time for another makeover when Boise State and San Diego State make their move to the Big East. For now, the MW is a 10-team league that features one top-25...

College Football's Top 25 Head Coaches for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 months ago
Ranking the coaches in any college football conference is a difficult task. Many factors play into just how successful a coach is at any school. How well are the assistants paid? Are the facilities up to par with the rest of the conference? Can the coach recruit or is he more of an x's and o's manager? Are there off-the-field or age issues to take into consideration? Has a coach...