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Recruiting is reaching a fever pitch as the college football machine churns toward National Signing Day 2013. The first Wednesday in February is the NCAA’s version of Christmas morning for fans and coaches alike. Great coaching is the key to...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Conference USA
Recruiting rankings are an inexact science, and even the experts will admit that. It is virtually impossible to measure heart, work ethic, mental focus and self-awareness in 17- and 18-year-old kids. Especially, in the face of the most important...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Conference USA
The phrase “SEC Speed” instantly conjures images of glory, victory and pride for one region in the country and thoughts of depression, agony and exasperation for every other part of the nation. But after claiming their seventh national...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Conference USA
With college football’s 2012 season completed, it’s time to take a look back at the season that was and review the performance of all 124 teams before 2013 kicks off. Twenty-eight coaches made their debut at a new program in 2012 and produced a...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
The opening of three key SEC jobs this season -- Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee -- sparked debate within the Athlon office, and, it seems, through rabid SEC fans. Which job is the most desirable? It’s a loaded question, for sure. Tradition...
David Fox
1 year ago
Conference USA
The end of every year is always a good time for reflection and examining what improvements could be made for the following 12 months. And that’s the case with college football, especially as the sport gets ready to close the books on a crazy 2012...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
Two teams that opened the season against each other will meet up once more to close out their respective campaigns when Iowa State and Tulsa get together on New Year’s Eve in Memphis, Tenn. The Cyclones won the first meeting over the Golden...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Conference USA
Two teams with productive running attacks, suspect defenses and that won just enough games to become bowl eligible face off when Rice and Air Force take the field at TCU’s renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The Owls are in a...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Conference USA
No college football head coaching search ever goes according to plan. However, anytime a job opens during or after the season, there’s a good idea of which candidates will be interested or the most likely targets. Despite having a general feel of...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
Fresno State and SMU will be spending Christmas on Christmas Island at the Hawaii Bowl, as the only game on television Christmas Eve. The game will be a homecoming of sorts for SMU coach June Jones, who guided Hawaii to a 76–41 record over nine...
Nathan Rush
1 year ago
Conference USA
The New Orleans Bowl features a matchup of two teams riding a wave of momentum to close out the regular season. East Carolina won five out of its last six games, with the only loss coming to Navy. The Pirates didn’t beat a team with a winning...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
The coaching carousel hasn’t come to a complete stop, but it appears Ball State will hold on to Pete Lembo for at least one more season. Lembo built a winner at Lehigh and Elon before jumping to the FBS ranks, where he has compiled a 15–9 record...
Mitch Light
1 year ago
Conference USA
College football's coaching carousel has been active since the end of the regular season and will continue to spin over the next few months. Athlon has compiled all of the coordinator changes from this season and will continue to update this list...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
Butler coach Brad Stevens The Hoosier State doesn’t belong to the Hoosiers, at least not entirely. When Butler defeated Indiana 88-86 in overtime Saturday, the Bulldogs signaled they’re back in contention for...
David Fox
1 year ago
Conference USA
College football's bowl season begins on Saturday with the New Mexico Bowl and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Here are predictions on the first 14 bowl games.  New Mexico Bowl – Arizona vs. Nevada Defensive stops will be at a premium in...
Mitch Light
1 year ago
Conference USA
With the 2012 college football regular season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the year in review. Several freshmen made an impact in the national and conference title races, including Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. The redshirt freshman...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
Even since his first season as a college head coach at UMass, John Calipari has thrived with freshmen. That season in 1988-89, Calipari had a rookie Jim McCoy, who averaged 19.8 points per game. That freshman and that team didn’t resemble the...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Conference USA
With all of the BCS conferences finished with regular season play, it's time to take a look at the 2012 college football season and hand out some hardware. At the midpoint of 2012, all signs pointed to West Virginia's Geno Smith as the runaway...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
Which bowls should you tune into? Athlon ranks and previews all of the matchups from the must-see to the ones you can avoid. Although Alabama and Notre Dame is clearly the biggest bowl game, with 34 other contests, there are plenty of other...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
This is not a sentiment often noted with the BCS: Good thing the championship game is more than a month away. Otherwise, good luck topping the game of the year in Atlanta. Every play and every decision was magnified in the SEC Championship...
David Fox
1 year ago
Conference USA
Six conference championship games highlight the Week 14 slate, most notably the Georgia vs. Alabama clash in the SEC. There will also BCS bids on the line in the Big Ten (Nebraska vs. Wisconsin), ACC (Florida State vs. Georgia Tech) and Pac-12 (...
Mitch Light
1 year ago
Conference USA
This week will mark the final chance for award contenders to make their final pitches to voters across the country. Heisman contenders Johnny Manziel, Manti Te’o and Braxton Miller have finished their seasons, so Collin Klein will have the...
David Fox
1 year ago
Conference USA
College football's bowl season is inching closer, and it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With 13 weeks of results in the books, the bowl picture for nearly every team is starting to clear.  The post-...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Conference USA
For all the complaints of losing the tradition of rivalry week, the Thanksgiving holiday was a turn back the clocks kind of weekend. Notre Dame wrapped up a chance to play for its first national title since 1988. And elsewhere, Ohio State and...
David Fox
1 year ago
Conference USA
This much is certain: The team returning to the mainland as the Battle 4 Atlantis champion will have earned it. The best early season tournament includes eight teams that reached the postseason a year ago. Five of the eight teams in the...
David Fox
1 year ago

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