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Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 2 days ago
After a whopping 31 changes last year, college football’s head coach carousel was relatively quiet this offseason.The 2013-14 cycle featured just 20 teams making a switch at head coach. But the offseason wasn’t short on drama, as two of college football’s premier jobs opened (USC and Texas), while there was movement in early January at Penn State, UAB and Vanderbilt.All 20...

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires from 2013

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 1 week ago
An underrated part of coaching is hiring the right coordinators. College football head coaches can be strong X’s and O’s leaders, but coordinators are a huge piece of the puzzle and are often the fall guy when things go wrong. And if a coach is more of a program CEO, then coordinators and position coaches become even more important.If you need proof of how important coordinator...

Early Pac-12 Football Predictions for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 11 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...

2014 Pac-12 Football Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 11 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...

Ranking the 16 BCS National Championship Games

By Braden Gall, 11 months 2 weeks ago
Fans and media critics alike toss around words like “greatest” and “all-time” fairly liberally. I am not immune from this type of hyperbole, as I’ve been known to wax poetically about most, best or awesome-est games, players, teams, moments or endings in the long and storied history of college football.But Florida State’s win over Auburn on Monday night in the...

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

By Braden Gall, 11 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...

BCS Era: Ranking the 16 BCS National Champions

By Braden Gall, 11 months 2 weeks ago
The BCS is dead. After 16 years of picking a two-team tournament, the Bowl Championship Series took its final breath in the form of a second BCS championship for Florida State. The Noles won one of the greatest college games played in a 34-31 final version of the BCS title.It was easy to hate the BCS and much more difficult to sing its praises. However, the Bowl Championship Series was a huge...

The 25 Best Teams That Never Played for the BCS Championship

By Braden Gall, 11 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...

USC's Lee declares for draft

By Anonymous (not verified), 11 months 3 weeks ago
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - USC star wide receiver Marqise Lee will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft."To all Trojan fans, I have decided to forego my senior season at USC and declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. I want to thank my coaches, teammates, staff and the entire Trojan Family for all of the support over the last three seasons. I am a proud Trojan and will remain...

2014 Under Armour All-American Game Winners and Losers

By Braden Gall, 11 months 3 weeks ago
Seven of the nation's best prospects announced where they intend to play college football, at the seventh annual Under Armour game in Florida on Thursday.While a verbal commitment is literally worth nothing in the formal sense, many teams got a lot of good news yesterday. Until the paper work — i.e., the National Letter of Intent — is signed on the first Wednesday in February,...