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College Football's Top 35 Defensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.  Related: College...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line. Which teams are strongest in...

The Big 12's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2015

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Recruiting in the Big 12 has declined in recent years, but that doesn't mean the conference lacks for fresh faces that will impact their teams' fortunes this season.Related: Is the Big 12 in the Middle of a Recruiting Crisis? In particular, the league's perennial powers, Oklahoma and Texas, are counting on a number of freshmen to help lead them back to the top of the standings....

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big 12 for 2015 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
TCU or Baylor? That’s the big question at the top of the Big 12 in 2015. The Bears and Horned Frogs shared the conference crown last season, with Baylor claiming the head-to-head victory in a 61-58 shootout in early October. The debate between Baylor and TCU continued this offseason, and the Big 12 player rankings reflect the balance of power in the conference. In Athlon’s...

Ranking the Big 12's Best and Worst College Football Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Just about every sports fan is tied to their team’s logo, which makes ranking logos complicated. To get an educated opinion on what is a good logo and what isn't, Athlon Sports turned to one of the people most responsible for helping produce some of the best-looking magazines on the newsstands, graphic designer Daly Cantrell. Here is what she had to say about the Big 12's...

Ranking the Toughest Games on West Virginia's College Football Schedule in 2015

By Jeremy Simon, 3 weeks 2 days ago
West Virginia will have its hands full in the first half of the 2015 season. Early games, which normally should be considered "tune-ups," instead will be against opponents that have the potential to produce upsets. October will be brutal and if the Mountaineers can come out at .500 or better at the end of that month, it could be a signature season for head coach Dana Holgorsen. ...

College Football's 2015 All-Name Team

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
With 128 teams in the FBS and around 100 players on a roster, there are certainly some interesting names that pop-up throughout the course of production for Athlon's 2015 college football magazine. We took a look through the rosters for the 128 teams and pulled out some of the funniest and more interesting names in college football for the 2015 season. OffenseEquanimeous...

College Football's Top 10 Fall Practice Storylines

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
College football’s long offseason is almost over. Kickoff for the 2015 season is less than 25 days away, and fall camps are underway across the nation. While every team is 0-0 and hopes of an undefeated season are still alive, all 128 FBS programs have key question marks to answer in fall camp. Optimism can only run high for so long. Eventually, the position concerns have to be answered...

Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2015

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 20 hours ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2015, Athlon asked coaches in the Big Ten to talk...