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College Football's 2014 Consensus National Team Recruiting Rankings

By Braden Gall, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and 247Sports.com are the four major recruiting services who all do an excellent job evaluating, tracking and ranking all things recruiting.But they don't always agree and that is a great thing for fans. It also means the best way to rank the best classes in the nation is to average them all together and come to a consensus. One service may value quantity while...

10 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in College Football in 2014

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2014 season is still several months away, and spring practice won’t begin for many teams until March. However, it’s never too early to look ahead. With the official list of early entries into the draft finalized, a clear picture is starting to form on how the teams will stack up in 2014.Texas A&M is just one school replacing key players, as quarterback...

Top 10 Pac-12 Defensive Linemen of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 6 months 3 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...

Top 10 Pac-12 Wide Receivers of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 7 months 1 hour 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...

Early Pac-12 Football Predictions for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 1 week ago
The SEC is still college football’s No. 1 conference, but the Pac-12 isn’t far behind in 2014.Oregon, Stanford and UCLA each could rank inside of the top 10 in preseason polls. The Ducks should be a slight favorite to win the Pac-12, but there's not a wide gap to the Cardinal or Bruins.Oregon has a slight edge over Stanford in our early Pac-12 predictions, but there’s very...

Stanford's Reynolds declares for draft

By Anonymous (not verified), 7 months 1 week ago
Palo Alto, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Stanford safety Ed Reynolds announced Tuesday that he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.A two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection, Reynolds amassed 87 tackles and one interception this past season to help the Cardinal to a second consecutive Rose Bowl berth and a No. 3 national ranking in run defense.The redshirt junior...

2014 Pac-12 Football Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 7 months 1 week ago
The Pac-12 might be the best conference in college football next season.The 2014 season will be remembered forever as the first edition of the playoff era. But it also might be remembered as the year the SEC’s reign of terror ended. One look at early preseason top 25 polls and it’s easy to see just how deep and difficult the Pac-12 will be in ’14. Three of the top nine and six...

Stanford's Yankey entering NFL Draft

By Anonymous (not verified), 7 months 1 week ago
Palo Alto, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Stanford offensive lineman David Yankey, a key part of three straight Cardinal teams to reach a BCS bowl game, announced Friday that he will bypass his final season of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft.Yankey started 40 games for a Stanford program that went 34-7 over the past three seasons and earned All-America honors in each of the last two. The...

An Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Tune in to the Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast as our staff talks college football every week leading up to the 2014 season.iTunes | Podcast ArchiveThe dust has barely settled on what was a truly magnificent ending to the BCS era. Not only in the national championship game performance by both Florida State and Auburn but also the rest of the BCS slate. BCS executive director Bill Hancock...

The 25 Best Teams That Never Played for the BCS Championship

By Braden Gall, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Just ask Auburn fans how much luck it takes to win a BCS National Championship? Certainly, the Tigers are a great team with a great coach and deserve to play in the title game. But the Fightin' War Eagles needed plenty of good fortune to land in Pasadena this season. Just like Alabama the two years prior where a missed field goal in Ames, Iowa and five yards in the Georgia Dome nearly...