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Big 12 Football 2014 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
2014 Big 12 Predictions Big 12Overall1. Oklahoma (No. 4)8-111-12. Baylor (No. 10)7-210-23. Texas (No. 17)7-29-34. Kansas State (No. 20)6-38-45.  Oklahoma State (No. 37)5-47-5 6. TCU (No. 39)4-57-57. Texas Tech (No. 41)4-57-58. Iowa State (No. 66)2-74-89. West Virginia (No. 67)2-73-910. Kansas (No. 78)0-92-10With Oklahoma coming off a huge Sugar Bowl win against Alabama, Baylor...

2014 College Football Rankings: #17 Texas

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
It’s a new era in Austin. Mack Brown resigned in December, and Charlie Strong was hired from Louisville to return Texas to the ranks of the Big 12 elite. The Longhorns are just 16-11 in conference play over the last three years, but there’s hope for improvement in 2014. Strong inherits plenty of talent and should be able to maximize the roster better than the previous staff....

Top 10 Tight Ends of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Athlon Sports continues its series looking back the best players of the BCS Era (1998-2013). Today, the staff ranks the 10 best tight ends to play at least one season during the BCS Era.Note: Florida's Aaron Hernandez was No. 5 initially but has been removed from the rankings by choice.1. Chase Coffman, Missouri (2005-08)Stats: 247 rec., 2,659 yds, 30 TDsIt didn’t take long for Tigers...

Texas or Kansas State: Who Finishes Higher in the Big 12 in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Oklahoma and Baylor are considered the favorites in the Big 12 for 2014, but Kansas State and Texas aren’t too far behind.The Wildcats and Longhorns both finished 8-5 last season, but Texas held a two-game edge in conference play.Texas defeated Kansas State 31-21 in 2013, but prior to last season, the Wildcats had won five in a row over the Longhorns.With Charlie Strong taking over, Texas...

Ranking the Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
The Big 12 has been home to some of the top quarterbacks in college football during the BCS Era. The conference isn’t at an elite level under center in 2014, but the talent is clearly on the rise.Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty should be a candidate for All-America honors after throwing for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. As if those numbers aren’t enough to consider Petty...

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 weeks ago
Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably the most important to winning a national or conference title. No matter how much talent a program has, winning a national title is difficult if the...

The All-Big 12 Team of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 5 months 1 day ago
All-conference teams are a great indicator as to who is the best in each league. Earning first-team honors more than once is a pretty good sign that you were one of the best at your position during your career. The rare three-time (or even four-time) all-league selection makes you one of the best college football players of all-time.As the College Football Playoff Era begins in 2014, Athlon...

Texas Longhorns 2014 Spring Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 5 months 1 week ago
A new era has begun in Austin.Like other coaching changes at Michigan, Tennessee and Florida State, Charlie Strong takes over a powerful but dormant blue-blood program. The Longhorns boast the most powerful athletic department in college athletics but it hasn't translated into wins, as the program grew stale under Mack Brown.Strong brings a new staff with a renewed focus and energy on...

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

By Braden Gall, 5 months 2 weeks 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, 5 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...