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The Big 12's Top Impact Freshmen of 2012

By Braden Gall, 1 year 7 months ago
With college football's fall practice in full swing around the nation, it's really the first time names made famous on recruiting websites are showing up in actual practice reports. When it comes to picking which freshmen will make an impact in their first season on campus, it's really all about who can pick up the playbook the fastest and who fits a need. The Texas Longhorns know all about...

College football's top "backstory games" for 2012

By David Fox, 1 year 8 months ago
Anyone who follows college football knows the Alabama vs. Michigan opener will be one of the most important games of the college football season, encompassing Alabama’s bid to repeat as national champion, Denard Robinson’s Heisman Trophy campaign and more. While we’re interested in those storylines for the the opener, we like to see the whole picture. For example, did you know these two...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 8 months ago
With the college football season right around the corner, it's time to countdown the best of the best. Athlon continues the countdown to kickoff with a look at the top quarterbacks in college football for 2012. It should be no surprise USC's Matt Barkley tops the rankings as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. The senior is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and has the Trojans as one of...

Big 12 Football's Breakout Players for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 8 months ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task.  Defining what is a breakout player is nearly impossible. Everyone has a different perspective on how players are viewed around the conference and nationally. Athlon's list of...

College Football: Top 25 Heisman Contenders for 2012

By Braden Gall, 1 year 8 months ago
The Heisman Trophy may be the most coveted trophy in all of sports. Ten of the last 11 winners of this priceless award have been quarterbacks. And since 1950, only one time has a non-offensive skill player — e.g., quarterback, running back or wide receiver — claimed the historic award (Charles Woodson, 1997). Yes, the quarterback is the most important position on the field. Yes, few players...

College Football's Top 10 Players Returning From Injury

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 8 months ago
Injuries are a big part of any college football season. 2011 was no different, as losing Knile Davis was a key setback to Arkansas' hopes of winning the SEC West last year, while Missouri's offensive line had to shuffle some players around after Elvis Fisher was lost for the year with a knee injury.  Although those players were missed in 2011, their return to the gridiron is an even...

College Football: Big 12's Must-See Games of 2012

By Braden Gall, 1 year 8 months ago
As the college football season draws near, Athlon Sports is making sure fans know exactly when and where to tune in this fall. Here are the Big 12's top 30 must-see football games for the 2012 season: 1. Week 7 (Oct. 13) Oklahoma vs Texas (Dallas, TX) The Red River Shootout (no, I refuse to call it the rivalry based strictly on principle) is easily the most important football game played in...

Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 8 months 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 during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2012, Athlon asked coaches in the Big 12 to talk anonymously about their opponents.  Baylor...

College Football's Top 20 Wide Receiving Corps for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 8 months ago
They’re the teams within the team — those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context. Whether it’s the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball — these teams in miniature hone...

College football teams we'd like to see on Hard Knocks

By David Fox, 1 year 8 months ago
College football is the world’s greatest reality show. The competition is more fierce than anything on Survivor. The glory is greater than anything on American Idol. And if you don’t think some players are prima donnas and some coaches are as downright nasty as Real Housewives, well, then you’ve never followed recruiting. HBO’s Hard Knocks premiers tonight, following the Miami Dolphins...