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10 Players Who Will Decide College Football's 2015 National Title

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 days ago
Every college football team has personnel issues or question marks entering the 2015 season. But some concerns are bigger than others for teams in the national title or playoff mix. Whether it’s a quarterback battle, an open spot at defensive tackle or cornerback, every personnel concern is magnified in the race to win a national championship. Which players could shape the national...

College Football's Top 30 Linebacker Units for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 days ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker compare to...

College Football's Top 35 Defensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 days ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.  Related: College...

Baker Mayfield an Easy Choice to be Oklahoma's Starting Quarterback

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 4 days ago
Oklahoma’s quarterback battle was one of the biggest in college football this fall, but the intrigue is over in Norman. On Monday, the Sooners announced Baker Mayfield edged Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas for the starting spot for the Sept. 5 opener against Akron. The decision to pick Mayfield as the starter is really no surprise. The Texas Tech transfer was considered the favorite...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 4 days ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line. Which teams are strongest in...

The Big 12's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2015

By Allen Kenney, 3 months 1 week ago
Recruiting in the Big 12 has declined in recent years, but that doesn't mean the conference lacks for fresh faces that will impact their teams' fortunes this season.Related: Is the Big 12 in the Middle of a Recruiting Crisis? In particular, the league's perennial powers, Oklahoma and Texas, are counting on a number of freshmen to help lead them back to the top of the standings....

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big 12 for 2015 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
TCU or Baylor? That’s the big question at the top of the Big 12 in 2015. The Bears and Horned Frogs shared the conference crown last season, with Baylor claiming the head-to-head victory in a 61-58 shootout in early October. The debate between Baylor and TCU continued this offseason, and the Big 12 player rankings reflect the balance of power in the conference. In Athlon’s...

Ranking the Big 12's Best and Worst College Football Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
Just about every sports fan is tied to their team’s logo, which makes ranking logos complicated. To get an educated opinion on what is a good logo and what isn't, Athlon Sports turned to one of the people most responsible for helping produce some of the best-looking magazines on the newsstands, graphic designer Daly Cantrell. Here is what she had to say about the Big 12's...

College Football's Top 10 Dark Horse Playoff Contenders for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Rankings are a big part of any college football season. Whether it’s preseason projections or the in-season polls from the playoff committee, rankings generate discussion and interest from all 128 fanbases. While some argue preseason rankings have too much of an impact on the actual in-season product, the reality is a playoff contender or national champion can come from anywhere. Need...