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College Football's 2015 Postseason All-Freshman Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
Every college football season is a new opportunity for the freshmen players on 128 FBS teams to make a statement. While each year always produces a handful of freshmen standouts, it seems more first-year players are making an impact at a high level. 2015 is a good barometer for that statement, as three of the four College Football Playoff teams feature a freshman on the Athlon Sports first-team...

3 Reasons Why Iowa Hawkeye Fans Should Embrace This Rose Bowl

By Robert A. Boleyn, 9 months 1 week ago
Plenty of credit should be given to Kirk Ferentz and his Iowa Hawkeyes for coming oh-so-close to winning the Big Ten championship and getting into the College Football Playoff. A 12-1 record, Big Ten West Division title and an invitation to the Rose Bowl is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. And to be honest, at least in this die-hard Hawkeye fan’s opinion, if Iowa was able to hang on and...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2015

By Kevin McGuire, 9 months 1 week ago
What is great about college football is that every season seems to offer a new handful of memories that can be shared and remembered for years to come. In 2015 we saw plenty of great comebacks and nailbiters filled with monster individual performances and bizarre plays you had to see to believe. This season offered a reminder of why it is important to never count a team out until the clock hits...

10 Best Pac-12 College Football Games of 2015

By Kevin McGuire, 9 months 1 week ago
The Pac-12 may not be participating in this season's College Football Playoff, but the 2015 season had plenty to offer fans along the way. Few conferences rival the Pac-12 when it comes to thrillers and close calls from start to finish. Yes, the Pac-12 had plenty of drama to observe, even if it meant having to stay up late for some good old fashioned Pac-12 After Dark. The conference...

College Football's Postseason Awards for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
College football’s regular season concluded with Navy’s win over Army on Dec. 12, leaving 41 postseason games as all that’s left of the 2015 campaign. This year produced plenty of memorable endings and clutch performances, including Miami’s return for a game-winning score against Duke, Georgia Tech’s blocked field goal for a touchdown to beat Florida State, Michigan...

Ranking the Watchability of the Pac-12's Bowl Games in 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 9 months 2 weeks ago
Though the Pac-12 was collectively shut out of the College Football Playoff, the conference quite literally has more reason than ever to look forward to the postseason. That’s because a record 10 Pac-12 teams are participating in bowl games, giving the league a FBS-best 83.3 percent representation this postseason. Related: Ranking All 41 College Football Bowls for 2015 ...

College Football's 2015 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
With the completion of college football’s regular season, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers from 2015. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there was no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. The bowl season kicks off on Dec. 19 and continues until the national championship on Jan. 11 in...

Pac-12 2015 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
The Pac-12 won’t have a team in the College Football Playoff, but this league is the deepest in the nation, featuring 10 teams with a .500 record or better. Four teams from the Pac-12 finished in the top 25 of the playoff committee rankings, with Stanford the highest at No. 6, followed by Oregon at No. 15. Stanford claimed the conference title with a victory over USC, giving the...

Predictions for Every College Football 2015-2016 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s bowl season is bigger and better than ever with 41 postseason matchups. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 19, Athlon’s editors are here with predictions for every bowl. The action begins on Saturday, Dec. 19 with five games, including the inaugural Cure Bowl and the Las Vegas Bowl between rivals Utah...

5 Plays That Shaped Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey's Heisman Campaign

By Kyle Kensing, 9 months 2 weeks ago
Christian McCaffrey finished second to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry on Saturday, as the Stanford running back earned his recognition as a finalist on the strength of a series of electric moments. As an explosive ball carrier, sure-handed pass catcher and dynamite kick returner, McCaffrey compiled a highlight reel in the 2015 season that could have filled the...