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10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 2 in the Big 12

By Braden Gall, 3 months 1 week ago
Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Big 12 football action: 81-28: Texas-BYU score the last two yearsFans in Austin were appalled (rightly so) when its team allowed nearly 700 yards of offense in a 40-21 loss to BYU in Provo, Utah, a year ago. It wasn’t supposed to get worse in 2014 with Charlie Strong running the...

Big 12 Takeaways: Trouble in Texas, Baylor's Replacements Shine, Daxx Garman

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The Big 12’s Week 2 slate was light, but there was plenty of intrigue around the league.Oklahoma easily handled in-state foe Tulsa, defeating the Golden Hurricane 52-7 to improve to 2-0. And in other easy victories: West Virginia trounced Towson 54-0 and Baylor gashed Northwestern State 70-6.  Charlie Strong’s debut at Texas resulted in a blowout victory over North Texas, but...

Big 12 Week 2 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Most of the Big 12 went about its business in Week 1. All of the title contenders, with the exception of Texas Tech, won easily and looked good doing it. Unfortunately for Texas, however, their victory was far more costly than the rest of the Big 12 as the Longhorns lost two key offensive weapons. Now, as most of the league looks to win easy (and possibly boring) games against...

Big 12 Takeaways: Ok State, West Virginia impress in defeat, Strong debuts at Texas

By Braden Gall, 3 months 2 weeks ago
It was a rather eventful first weekend of action for the Big 12.  Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Kansas State and TCU were picked to finish in the upper half of the league and each did nothing in Week 1 prove anything otherwise.  The same can't be said for Texas Tech or Iowa State. The Red Raiders still appear to have defensive issues, and Paul Rhoads - a coach respected...

Big 12 Week 1 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Bob Stoops has been fighting the good fight all offseason long but the rubber meets the road now that the season is starting. Both Oklahoma State and West Virginia played in BCS bowls in the last few seasons but both are heavy underdogs to their ACC and SEC foes in Week 1. So while the league’s non-conference record may look bruised following season openers against Florida...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: 2014 Week 1 Preview

By Braden Gall, 3 months 3 weeks ago
College football season is finally here and the guys preview the opening weekend of the season. Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan make picks, talk upsets, discuss Braxton Miller's injury and argue about fall weddings. Have a question or comment? Contact us at [email protected] or on Twitter at @AthlonSports, @BradenGall, @DavidFox615 and @AthlonSteven

Big 12 Advanced Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 4 weeks ago
Visit Football Study Hall to get in-depth team previews, advanced stats and features for the 2014 season .Baseball has sabermetrics. Basketball has KenPom’s efficiency rankings. What does football have? When it comes to advanced analytics, the game of football has lagged behind the other major American sports. Additionally, the college game trails well behind the more powerful (...

10 College Football Teams That Need to Lower Expectations

By Braden Gall, 4 months 3 days ago
Rankings are a big part of any college football season, and even in the playoff format, the polls and projections are still an interesting exercise. For example: The AP Poll came out over the weekend, while the USA Today Coaches Poll came out a few weeks ago. And the Athlon Sports Top 25 has been out since May. With a few small exceptions — Florida ranked in Athlon...

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big 12 for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 days ago
The Big 12 heads into 2014 looking to rebound on the national stage. Oklahoma is coming off a huge Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama, and Baylor is likely to rank as a top 10 team by most this preseason after winning the conference title last year. The Sooners are a threat to win the national championship, but for the Big 12 to move up in the conference pecking order, Texas has to take a step...

The Big 12's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 months 3 days ago
Many believe that the Big 12 is a two-horse race in 2014. While that is likely true, the rest of the conference is going to be extremely entertaining. Kansas State, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State all believe they can step into that two-horse race and — because of the beauty of a true round-robin schedule — all five will get to face each other this...