2013 college football spring previews Articles

Coming off an 11-2 season with a victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, optimism is running high at Clemson. The Tigers are the early favorite to win the ACC in 2013 and will likely be a top-10 team in most preseason polls. With quarterback...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
With no clear favorite entering spring practice, the Big 12 should be college football’s most intriguing conference to watch when preseason picks are released for 2013. Oklahoma State, TCU, Oklahoma and Texas seem to be the early favorites for...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Another year brings more changes for the Big East. And if you are having trouble keeping up with the changes, you certainly aren’t alone. West Virginia departed for the Big 12 before the 2012 season, while Pittsburgh and Syracuse are joining the...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
USC was billed as a national title contender last season but finished with a disappointing 7-6 mark and ended the year with a three-game losing streak. The Trojans are still under NCAA sanctions, so coach Lane Kiffin doesn’t have a full...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
After three consecutive 7-6 seasons, the pressure is starting to build on Washington coach Steve Sarkisian. The Huskies were expected to take the next step into top 25 contention last season, but they opened 3-4 with a difficult schedule and lost...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Coming off a season where eight teams made bowl appearances, along with the rise of Stanford and Oregon into annual top-five status, the arrow on the Pac-12’s future is clearly pointing up. The Cardinal and Ducks have been jockeying for Pac-12...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
With two of its best teams ineligible for a bowl game, 2012 was mostly a year to forget for the Big Ten. Despite having nothing to play for, Ohio State ran the table and finished with a perfect 12-0 record. The Buckeyes were joined by Penn State...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
North Carolina fans could really not be any more pleased with how Year 1 of the Larry Fedora era in Chapel Hill went in 2012, other than the fact the Tar Heels couldn’t capitalize on their first-place tie in the ACC Coastal Division because of...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
After an up-and-down season, Pittsburgh is ready to reboot in spring practice. The Panthers were one of the nation’s most confounding teams in 2012, starting the season with back-to-back losses to Youngstown State and Cincinnati before...
David Fox
1 year ago
Ohio State fans will forever wonder "what if" about their undefeated 2012 football team. Urban Meyer led the Buckeyes to an unbeaten 12-0 record in his first season in Columbus and Braxton Miller blossomed into a Heisman Trophy-contending...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Was 2012 the best disappointment in school history? South Carolina won a school-record 11 games with wins over Michigan, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee and Arkansas. It finished seventh in the final polls, the best final ranking in school history....
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Thanks to seven consecutive national championships, the rest of college football is looking up at the SEC. And while there are some worthy challengers ready to make a push in 2013, there appears to be no end in sight to the SEC’s recent string of...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
BYU’s second season as an independent was a little rockier than the first, but the Cougars still finished the season in a bowl game. Injuries and ineffectiveness meant BYU had to start three quarterbacks through the course of its 8-5 season....
David Fox
1 year ago
For the second year in a row, Mark Richt's Bulldogs came up just shy of an SEC championship. This time, Georgia missed a chance at the national title game by just five yards. Yet, the 2013 team will look dramatically different than the last two...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
With Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State and Nebraska all expected to be in the mix for a spot in most preseason top-25 polls, the Big Ten Legends Division could be the toughest in college football in 2013. The Cornhuskers are the...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
With only two teams finishing in the final top 25 poll, 2012 was a down year for the ACC. Will 2013 be any different? On paper, the league should be stronger. Florida State will take a step back with the loss of a handful of key players, but...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Front the first snap to the last, Rich Rodriguez' first season in Tucson was extremely entertaining if nothing else. He took a team that won four games and was primarily a passing offense and turned it into a bowl-winning squad built around his...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
The 2012 season was a year of transition for Gary Patterson and the TCU Horned Frogs. Patterson didn't lose a single conference game (23-0) the three years prior to entering the Big 12. In their first season as a "BCS" or power conference team,...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
One of the youngest teams in the country may be a little closer to growing up. Miami played 21 freshmen last season, including 10 who started at least one game. That made the Hurricanes one of the youngest teams in the country.  On the...
David Fox
1 year ago
Baylor finished 2012 as one of the hottest teams in college football, winning five out of its last six games, including a 49-26 victory over UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. The Bears are coming off three consecutive bowl games for the first time in...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Texas A&M took the SEC by storm last season, finishing with an 11-2 mark with an upset over Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma. The Aggies are an emerging power behind head coach Kevin Sumlin, and this team has to...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
For the fourth time since 2004, Cincinnati will begin spring practice with a new coach. Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly and Butch Jones all put an imprint on the program despite three-year stints for each. The most experienced coach Cincinnati has...
David Fox
1 year ago
While the final record was only 4-8, it was clear Memphis was an improved team in coach Justin Fuente’s first season. The Tigers suffered a disappointing loss to UT-Martin in the season opener but rebounded to win their final three games for 2012...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Last season was historic for Northwestern Wildcats everywhere. Pat Fitzgerald led his alma mater to its first bowl win since the 1949 Rose Bowl. The Wildcats won 10 games for just the third time in the history of the program and the first since...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
After a disappointing 3-9 record last season, California made a coaching change, firing Jeff Tedford in favor of Sonny Dykes. Although Tedford did a lot of good things in Berkeley, the program had two losing seasons over the last three years and...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago

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