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Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Ranking every college football coach is an impossible task. However, coaching is a critical component to every collegiate program. Needless to say, success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on...

Big 12 Football 2015 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 13 hours ago
The Big 12 ended 2014 with a debate about whether or not Baylor or TCU was the league’s best team. That conversation will continue into 2015, as the Bears and Horned Frogs are the favorites to win the league this season, and both teams are also in the mix to claim a playoff spot. The depth of the Big 12 will be a storyline to watch in 2015 with Texas and Oklahoma each facing key...

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 4 days ago
When putting together Athlon Sports' college football magazine and preseason Top 25 each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish. And don’t forget that the College Football Playoff Committee made it very clear in its first season that it values scheduling....

College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #26-40

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project how the upcoming year will play out on the field. Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for this season and continues the countdown to September with a look at the teams ranked No. 26-128. In the 26-40 range, there’s no shortage of intriguing teams or programs that could push for a...

Big 12 Could Easily Get Two Teams into the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
The Athlon Sports preseason top 25 is out and not one, but two conference champions were left out the College Football Playoff. Florida State is picked ninth in the nation as the ACC champs with a projected record of 11-2. USC is ranked No. 6 in the nation and is picked to the win the Pac-12 over No. 8 Oregon. Meaning, both the ACC and Pac-12 are picked to miss the 2015 College...

West Virginia Mountaineers 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
West Virginia will have a new starting quarterback, an unproven offensive line and untested receiving corps in 2015. Even then, the question seems to be around the defense. Dana Holgorsen’s offense seems to be all but automatic these days, so the defense — which ranked 60th or worse in the four major categories — is the biggest X-factor in West Virginia’s ceiling in the...

West Virginia Making a Run at Becoming the New WR U

By Jeremy Simon, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Trends take time to develop and there is no arguing that over the last 20 years schools such as Miami, Ohio State, and Florida State have rightfully earned the moniker Wide Receiver University. But trends change over time and it looks as though recent history is showing there is a new player vying for the title, West Virginia University. Over the last three NFL drafts (2013-15) West...

Ranking the Big 12's Offensive Triplets for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Big 12 is known for its offensive firepower, and the league isn’t short on talent at quarterback, running back or receiver for 2015. Baylor and TCU are the favorites to win the league title this year, and both teams appear at the top of the offensive triplet power rankings. The Bears need to find a new quarterback, but there’s a strong track record of finding the next standout...

Ranking the Big 12's Running Backs for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Big 12 had just three players rush for 1,000 yards in 2014, which was the fewest amount by a Power 5 conference. However, all three players – Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, Baylor’s Shock Linwood and Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington – are back in 2015. Perine is one of the nation’s top running backs after recording 1,713 yards and 21 scores in his freshman...

The Big 12 Gets it Right: No Conference Championship Game Needed

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 13 hours ago
Whether it was the amount of teams in the league, getting left out of the playoff, a championship game, the nine-game schedule or expansion, the Big 12’s future has been an ongoing debate since the last round of conference realignment. But on Tuesday, the league took a step in the right direction by deciding not to add a conference championship game. At last week’s playoff...