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Top 10 Tight Ends of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 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...

Ranking the Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week 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...

Who is a Sleeper Team to Watch in the Big 12 in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The Big 12 did not have a banner year in 2013, as only three teams from the conference finished ranked in the final Associated Press poll, and the bottom four teams in the league combined for just seven conference victories.Heading into the 2014 season, there appears to be some positive momentum for the Big 12. Baylor and Oklahoma are playoff contenders, and Texas and Kansas State should be...

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 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, 3 months 2 weeks 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...

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

By Braden Gall, 4 months 2 days 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 Quarterbacks 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...

Top 10 Big 12 Offensive Linemen of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 4 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...

New Helmets Coming for Texas Tech in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Texas Tech unveiled a few tweaks and new designs for its uniforms in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s debut last year.And it appears the Red Raiders will have a two new helmet designs on the way for 2014.Check out these tweets from two Texas Tech coaches on a black and a red alternate helmet design:pic.twitter.com/Hq73xkU0Id— Kevin Curtis (@kevincurtisttu) February 27, 2014Tech Helmets... pic...

Ranking the Big 12 Football Rosters for 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 months 3 weeks 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...