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Big 12 Football 2015 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The Big 12 ended 2014 with a debate about whether or not Baylor or TCU was the league’s best team. That conversation will continue into 2015, as the Bears and Horned Frogs are the favorites to win the league this season, and both teams are also in the mix to claim a playoff spot. The depth of the Big 12 will be a storyline to watch in 2015 with Texas and Oklahoma each facing key...

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 days ago
When putting together Athlon Sports' college football magazine and preseason Top 25 each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish. And don’t forget that the College Football Playoff Committee made it very clear in its first season that it values scheduling....

College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #61-80

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 6 days ago
The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project how the upcoming year will play out on the field. Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for this season and continues the countdown to September with a look at the teams ranked No. 26-128. The 61-80 rankings release features more teams from the Power 5 leagues, as well as some predicted...

Iowa State Cyclones 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 6 days ago
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads has cultivated a reputation of being able to do more with less. After a 5-19 record the last two seasons, Rhoads and his reputation are being put to the test. The Cyclones went winless in the Big 12 last season — which, of course, means they lost to Kansas — and rebounding by a significant margin would seem to be a tall task.Follow Athlon Sports on...

Big 12 Could Easily Get Two Teams into the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
The Athlon Sports preseason top 25 is out and not one, but two conference champions were left out the College Football Playoff. Florida State is picked ninth in the nation as the ACC champs with a projected record of 11-2. USC is ranked No. 6 in the nation and is picked to the win the Pac-12 over No. 8 Oregon. Meaning, both the ACC and Pac-12 are picked to miss the 2015 College...

Ranking the Big 12's Offensive Triplets for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks 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, 1 month 2 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 4 weeks 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...