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Ranking the Big 12's Offensive Triplets for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
The Big 12 is known for its offensive firepower, and the league isn’t short on talent at quarterback, running back or receiver for 2015. Baylor and TCU are the favorites to win the league title this year, and both teams appear at the top of the offensive triplet power rankings. The Bears need to find a new quarterback, but there’s a strong track record of finding the next standout...

Ranking the Big 12's Running Backs for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 hours ago
The Big 12 had just three players rush for 1,000 yards in 2014, which was the fewest amount by a Power 5 conference. However, all three players – Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, Baylor’s Shock Linwood and Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington – are back in 2015. Perine is one of the nation’s top running backs after recording 1,713 yards and 21 scores in his freshman...

10 Teams Guaranteed NOT to Make the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The Athlon Sports 2015 preseason college football top 25 countdown begins this Wednesday and hearts are already breaking across the nation. Every season, the Athlon Sports Top 25 starts the national conversation about where teams’ expectations lay heading into camp. Preseason Top 25 polls miss on teams — both good and bad. But one thing is true, your favorite team...

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 hours ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure. This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by accomplishment...

The Big 12 Gets it Right: No Conference Championship Game Needed

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Whether it was the amount of teams in the league, getting left out of the playoff, a championship game, the nine-game schedule or expansion, the Big 12’s future has been an ongoing debate since the last round of conference realignment. But on Tuesday, the league took a step in the right direction by deciding not to add a conference championship game. At last week’s playoff...

Ranking the Big 12 College Towns (Expert Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 month 6 days ago
The old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” couldn’t be more true when it comes to ranking college towns. Do you prefer larger metropolitan areas? Do you enjoy the isolated peace and quiet of a quaint small town? Cost of living, nightlife, food, culture, weather, surrounding geography and more go into evaluating a city. Every college campus is...

Ranking the Big 12's Football Coaching Jobs in 2015 (Expert Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Is it easier to win at Texas or Oklahoma? How about Big 12 newcomers West Virginia and TCU? Which program provides the most support? Which program has access to the best players? Which program has proven it can succeed at a high level over time? Which program has the most pressure to win? These are all the questions head coaches must ask themselves when deciding to accept a job or not...

Conference Championship Game Doesn't Solve Big 12's Problem

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
It appears that a rule forcing a college football conference to have at least 12 teams and two divisions to hold a championship game will be nullified by 2016. Fans across the Big 12 are ecstatic. But the Big 12 didn’t get left out of the College Football Playoff because it didn’t play a conference championship game. Baylor got left out because the Playoff...

Big 12 2015 Football Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Big 12 isn’t the best conference in college football but it sure is one of the most entertaining. Baylor-TCU might have been the best game of the year regardless of conference. Oklahoma-TCU wasn’t far behind. Both the Bedlam Series and the Red River Shootout were extremely heated. And any game played in Morgantown felt like it ended in thrilling fashion. Because...

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 Big 12 Early Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
 Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 Big 12 conference preview. The guys debate TCU vs. Baylor at the top of the league. Who should be the frontrunner? Who has more coming back? Which team has bigger holes to fill? Can Oklahoma or Texas return to prominence? Is this a vintage Sooners team and can Charlie Strong get anything from his QB? Will...