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Big 12 Player Rankings: The Top 50 Players for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 2 days ago
The Big 12 is a league in transition in 2013. With the departure of some of the conference’s top quarterbacks, the title picture is wide open, and a case could be made for six or seven teams to be picked in the top three of the final standings.With most teams losing some of their top talent, ranking the top 50 players is a difficult task. TCU’s Casey Pachall ranks as the No. 1...

College Football's Top 25 Wide Receiving Corps for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 3 days ago
USC is limited on scholarships due to NCAA sanctions, but coach Lane Kiffin didn’t take any shortcuts on his receiving corps. The Trojans have the nation’s No. 1 receiver in junior Marqise Lee, while sophomore Nelson Agholor is due for a breakout year. But Alabama isn't too far behind USC, especially with the emergence of Amari Cooper last season.Ranking the receiving corps in...

College Football's Top 25 Running Back Units for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 4 days ago
The committee approach at running back has become more prevalent in college football over the last five years, so it’s no surprise most teams have two or three players that could start each week for their offense.The SEC is loaded at running back in 2013, with Georgia and Alabama taking the top two spots in Athlon’s top 25 backfields. But the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs aren't the...

Big 12's Impact Freshmen To Watch in 2013

By Braden Gall, 11 months 4 days ago
Of late, the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year hasn’t been nearly as impressive as the Defensive Freshman of the Year. Devonte Fields kept a line of elite defensive talents to win Frosh of the Year going in the Big 12. Quandre Diggs, Tony Jefferson, Shaun Lewis, Aldon Smith and Travis Lewis have all won the honor of late.Meanwhile, J.W. Walsh, last year’s Big 12 Offensive...

Critical games for 2013: Key stretches for the Big 12

By David Fox, 11 months 6 days ago
It’s a long season, but three or four games could change the whole thing.The Big 12 looks to be crowded at the top: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, Kansas State and Baylor all have legitimate reasons to believe they can win the league title.In the first look at critical stretches for each major conference, we examined the most important set of games for each team in the league.For...

2013 Athlon Sports High School Football Preseason Top 25

By Athlon Sports, 11 months 1 week ago
The Athlon Sports High School Football Preseason Top 25, just in time for the Friday night lights across the country. As usual, Florida, Texas and California are well-represented, but there's plenty of talent from coast-to-coast and more teams playing national schedules than ever before.1. Miami Central (Fla.) RocketsMiami Central is Athlon Sports’ preseason No. 1 high school football...

Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2013

By Athlon Sports, 11 months 1 week 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 2013, Athlon asked coaches in the Big 12 to talk anonymously...

College Football's Top-10 Darkhorse National Title Contenders

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 1 week ago
Predicting college football's national champion is never an easy task. In addition to combing through schedules, returning starters, players lost and statistics, there are several factors impossible to account for. Injuries and luck will have a major impact on the 2013 season - and neither can be projected. Most of college football's national title winners will come from within...

College Football's Best and Worst Logos

By Braden Gall, 11 months 1 week ago
Brand image is a massive part of modern 21st century business and college football is big business. Signature uniforms like Michigan’s winged helmet, picturesque monuments like Lake Washington in Seattle or historic personalities like Bear Bryant help separate one team from the next in the college football with clarity. Fans identify with these brand images and it helps build value...