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2014 College Football Rankings: #55 UCF

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2014 college football season starts on Aug. 27 and continues into mid-January with the first edition of the four-team playoff. Athlon Sports is counting down until kickoff with projections and previews for all 128 FBS teams. Here is our team preview for No. 55 UCF.Previewing UCF’s Offense for 2014:UCF brings back plenty of weapons on offense from a 12–1 Fiesta Bowl champion squad...

Consensus Quarterback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
To win a Super Bowl, a team must play defense, must be able to run the ball in short yardage situations but, above all else, must have a good quarterback.It’s why 13 of the last 16 NFL drafts have begun with a team selecting a signal-caller with the No. 1 overall pick. Some of those have been home runs (Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Eli Manning), some have been total busts (JaMarcus Russell...

Early American Athletic Conference Football Predictions for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
The American Athletic Conference has experienced several changes over the last few years. Of course, the biggest is a name change. The Big East is only a basketball conference, with the football schools rebranded under the American Athletic Conference label.Outside of the name, the biggest change has been the programs in the conference. Louisville, Syracuse and Pittsburgh departed the old Big...

College Football's Top Five Teams on the Decline for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 23 hours ago
College football’s 2013 season is officially in the books. While kickoff for the 2014 season is still months away, it’s never too early to start looking at rosters, depth charts and coaching changes for teams poised to make a jump in the rankings next year.Of course, with a few months to dissect rosters, opinions can change on teams. No matter the conference or school, there are...

Fiesta Bowl Preview and Prediction: Baylor vs. UCF

By David Fox, 6 months 1 week ago
In the first season of the BCS in 1998, the Fiesta Bowl was just a glimmer in the eyes of Baylor and UCF.In 1998, Baylor was just starting its Big 12 doormat phase, going 2-9. UCF fared much better that year, going 9-2 with quarterback Daunte Culpepper. But the Knights — still the Golden Knights back then — were new to college football’s upper division and hadn’t even...

Betting Against the Spread: College Football BCS Bowl Picks

By Braden Gall, 6 months 1 week ago
Like it or not, Las Vegas rarely gets it wrong, so tracking betting lines should always be a big part of each football weekend — even if there are no bets on the line. I finished the regular season 43-34-1 and that is where — if it were up to me — I would end my college football betting. Because betting on bowl games is a fool's errand. Motivation, focus, talent...

UCF WR J.J. Worton Makes Insane One-Handed TD Catch Against Temple

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 weeks ago
College football has produced its share of awesome catches in 2013, but UCF’s J.J. Worton might have made the grab of the year against Temple in Week 12.Worton’s touchdown catch might have saved the Knights’ BCS bowl hopes, as this score allowed UCF to tie the game and eventually kick the game winning field goal on the next drive. 

College Football's Top 10 Games in October

By David Fox, 9 months 1 week ago
The shortest season in major sports moves into its second month, and there’s still a ton to learn.The ACC has two frontrunners in Florida State and Clemson, but neither have been able to get out of their own way in the past. The best of the two could be decided later this month, but a big win for either team will mean little if the Boston Colleges, NC States and Wake Forests of the world...

College Football's Coach on the Hot Seat Rankings: Post-Week 1 Edition

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 1 week ago
Week 1 of the 2013 college football season is in the books, and a few coaches are feeling the pressure after their opening week performance.Connecticut’s Paul Pasqualoni takes the top spot in Athlon’s hot seat rankings after Week 1. The Huskies turned in an awful performance against Towson, losing to the FCS opponent on Thursday night. Considering Connecticut had very little margin...

UCF QB Blake Bortles Throws Crazy TD Pass Against Akron

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 1 week ago
UCF-Akron wasn’t much of a game on Thursday night, as the Knights rolled to an easy 38-7 win in the opener.However, the game provided one of the weekend’s top plays, as UCF quarterback Blake Bortles had the ball slip out of his hand, then proceeded to throw a 39-yard touchdown to receiver J.J. Worton.