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10 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2014

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Defining the term “dark horse” was actually the toughest part of this exercise. Finding really talented players who could breakout into prominent roles is actually the easiest part of trying to pick Heisman Trophy sleepers. Part of what makes college football the greatest sport in the world is its volatility and unpredictability. After debates with many trusted advisors...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 2 days 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 or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the Big Ten to talk anonymously about...

Top 25 Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 2 days ago
There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, QBs have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and Reggie Bush (2005) are the only running backs since the turn of the century to win the award. Second, only once in the nine-decade...

College Football's Best Coordinator Duos in 2014

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Some coaches are great recruiters. Some are great talent developers. Some are great with the media and power boosters. Some are simply great CEOs. Only a select few can say they can do it all. So being able to identify your weaknesses and correct them by surrounding yourself with great personnel is a skill just like coaching defensive backs, luring recruits or glad-handing donors....

College Football's Best Lines of Scrimmage in 2014

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Each year, Athlon Sports produces conference and national unit rankings for all of the major position groups on the field. Who has the best receiving corps — both wide receivers and tight ends — in the nation? Who has the best set of linebackers — both inside and out, 4-3 or 3-4? It’s a fun and illuminating exercise that can help provide clarity...

Predicting the National College Football Awards for 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 weeks 1 day ago
Walk into any major college football facility and you will likely be greeted by some sort of massive trophy case. Some are bigger than others, some are more stocked than others and some are featured more prominently than others. But every school has one. Largely, they are used to show off former exploits and accomplishments on the field to future recruits. “Come to State U...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Big Ten Players Special

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 hour ago
Big Ten Media Days are here, and Athlon Sports is live from Chicago, Ill., to talk all things Big Ten with coaches, players and writers alike.  Braden Gall visited with Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan, Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. Have a question or comment? Contact us at podcast@...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Big Ten Media Days 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 hours ago
Big Ten Media Days are here, and Athlon Sports is live from Chicago, Ill., to talk all things Big Ten with coaches, players and writers alike.  Braden Gall and David Fox were joined by Big Ten Network studio host and author Dave Revsine as well as Big Ten Network reporter Tom Deinhart. Order Revsine's book, The Opening Kickoff, here. Have a question or comment? Contact us...

The Big Ten's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 days ago
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and...

Big Ten Football Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Whether it’s a true freshman playing for the first time, a junior college recruit stepping into the lineup or a player on the roster that’s finally ready to assume a starting job, predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. The...