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College Football 2014 Rankings and Predictions: #26-40

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 4 days ago
The start of the college football season is less than 100 days away, and Athlon Sports is counting down the top teams for the upcoming year.Florida State is Athlon’s pick to win the national championship, with Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide projected to finish No. 2 nationally. Of course, there's a new element to college football's regular season with the addition of a four-...

2014 College Football Rankings: #32 Michigan Wolverines

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 4 days ago
The 2014 college football season starts on Aug. 27 and continues into mid-January with the first edition of the four-team playoff. Athlon Sports is counting down until kickoff with projections and previews for all 128 FBS teams. Here is our team preview for No. 32 Michigan. Previewing Michigan’s Offense for 2014:Al Borges is out. Doug Nussmeier is in. And Michigan is hoping...

Top 10 Tight Ends of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Athlon Sports continues its series looking back the best players of the BCS Era (1998-2013). Today, the staff ranks the 10 best tight ends to play at least one season during the BCS Era.Note: Florida's Aaron Hernandez was No. 5 initially but has been removed from the rankings by choice.1. Chase Coffman, Missouri (2005-08)Stats: 247 rec., 2,659 yds, 30 TDsIt didn’t take long for Tigers...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 months 1 week ago
Scheduling in college football is all that matters. Sure, coaching, rosters and even a little bit of luck play bigger roles in determining championships in the NCAA ranks.But scheduling in college football plays as big a role as any of those other factors. Non-conference play varies greatly from team to team. So, too, does crossover play within the divisions of any conference. Home and road...

Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten isn’t particularly deep at quarterback this season, but there’s plenty to like at the top.Ohio State’s Braxton Miller takes the No. 1 spot in the quarterback rankings, and the senior is expected to be one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman Trophy in 2014. Miller threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 scores in 12 games. The...

Penn State or Michigan: Who Finishes Higher in the Big Ten East Division in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Michigan and Penn State are two of the premier programs in the Big Ten, but neither the Wolverines or Nittany Lions have won more than eight games in a season over the last two years.The lack of success by Michigan and Penn State on a national level is just one reason why the Big Ten has slipped in terms of conference hierarchy among BCS leagues.And as the 2014 season approaches, both teams have...

The All-Big Ten Team of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 4 months 4 weeks ago
All-conference teams are a great indicator as to who is the best in each league. Earning first-team honors more than once is a pretty good sign that you were one of the best at your position during your career. The rare three-time (or even four-time) all-league selection makes you one of the best college football players of all-time.As the College Football Playoff Era begins in 2014, Athlon...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 days ago
Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably the most important to winning a national or conference title. No matter how much talent a program has, winning a national title is difficult if the...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat: 2014 Spring Practice Edition

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
The start of spring practice for all 128 college football teams is a chance to start fresh and forget the bad results that came along with 2013.For a handful of coaches, spring practice is also the first opportunity to turn around a program and save their job for 2015.Florida’s Will Muschamp sports a 22-16 record after three years with the Gators, but last season’s 4-8 record isn...

The Big Ten's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 5 months 2 weeks ago
For the Big Ten, the BCS Era was marred with lackluster BCS national championship game performances. The league as a whole won just one national title during the 16-year BCS Era and that title came all the way back in 2002.But from a national awards standpoint, the Big Ten matches up with the best college football has to offer. During the BCS Era alone, the Big Ten's trophy case looks like...