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The Big 12's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 4 months 1 week ago
Other than the SEC, the Big 12 is the only league in the nation that brags two different national champions during the BCS Era.Texas and Oklahoma dominate this league unlike two teams in any other league in the nation. Fifteen of the top 25 players hail from either Austin or Norman. But the rise of other programs like Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas State during the last 16 years...

Top 10 Big 12 Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

25 College Football Spring Storylines to Watch for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Most college football fans generally consider Signing Day the official start of a new season, but spring practice is the first time all 128 FBS teams will hit the field in preparation for the upcoming year. Of course, it’s hard to glean much from spring practice. However, there’s excitement for every team as spring practice starts, especially at places like Florida State, Alabama,...

Top 10 Big 12 Offensive Linemen of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 4 months 4 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

Ranking the Big 12 Football Rosters for 2014

By Braden Gall, 5 months 1 day ago
Love or hate football recruiting, it matters. Coaching, support staffs, financial situations and even a little bit of luck goes into winning football games, but having great players always helps too.So recruiting rankings are just one facet of a deliberate and in-depth equation that helps Athlon Sports project the college football season every year.When the staff sits down to hash out the Athlon...

College Football's Top 10 Running Backs on the Rise for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 day ago
With spring practice already underway for some college football teams, the countdown to the 2014 season has officially started. There’s still a long way to go before August and the season opener, but it’s never too early to start thinking about which players are ready for a big jump in production.Earlier this spring, Athlon Sports examined which quarterbacks are on the rise heading...

Big 12 Football 2014 Spring Preview and Storylines

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 days ago
The Big 12 didn’t have a banner year in 2013 with only three teams finishing in the final Associated Press poll. Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State combined for 32 victories last season, while the rest of the conference combined for 38 wins. While last season left a lot to be desired, the Sooners defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and Kansas State has momentum after a strong close to the...

Ranking the Nation's College Coaching Tandems

By David Fox, 5 months 3 days ago
Football is king in the SEC, but outside of pockets in Lexington and Gainesville, basketball never feels like a pressing issue.The Big Ten, on the other hand, is where a balance between football and basketball success is trending upward. The league doesn’t have the names of the new ACC — Krzyzewski, Boeheim, Williams and soon Pitino — but Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, John Beilein...

Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big 12

By David Fox, 5 months 6 days ago
The Big 12 has not been short on surprises in the last year.On the football side, a league that appeared to have few top 10-caliber programs in the preseason produced one that spent much of the season there (Baylor) and another that finished there by defeating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma).In basketball, Kansas, as usual, is atop the standings, but the league has shown impressive depth...

College Football's Top 10 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
With spring practice already underway for some college football teams, the countdown to the 2014 season has officially started. There’s still a long way to go before August and the season opener, but it’s never too early to start thinking about which players are ready for a big jump in production.There’s no question quarterback is the most important position on the field. And...