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The Mountain West hopes for a repeat of 2014 this year, as Boise State was the top Group of 5 team and played in one of college football’s biggest bowl games. The Broncos are the favorite to reach that mark once again this season, and there’s depth in the Mountain West with Utah State, Colorado State and San Diego State.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Mountain West last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Related: 2015 Mountain West Predictions

 

Mountain West Conference 2015 Team Previews
Mountain Division
 
National
Rank:
832571965195
West Division
 
National
Rank:
1011149168110122

 

Visit the Athlon Sports Online Store to order a copy of the 2015 National College Football Preview Magazine, which features in-depth analysis and previews for all 128 teams, predictions, rankings and features to prepare for the upcoming year. 

 

 

Athlon's 2015 All-Mountain West Team
 First-Team
Offense
Second-Team
Offense
Third-Team
Offense
Fourth-Team
Offense
QBChuckie Keeton
Utah State 
Ryan Finley
Boise State 
Nick Stevens
Colorado State 
Nate Romine
Air Force 
RBDonnel Pumphrey
SDSU 
Shaun Wick
Wyoming 
James Butler
Nevada 
Dalyn Dawkins
Colorado State 
RBMarteze Waller
Fresno State 
Jhurell Pressley
New Mexico 
Don Jackson
Nevada 
LaJuan Hunt
Utah State 
APJoJo Natson*
Utah State 
Jacobi Owens (RB)
Air Force 
Tyler Ervin (RB)
SJSU 
Brian Hill (RB)
Wyoming 
WRRashard Higgins
Colorado State    
Tyler Winston
SJSU 
Hasaan Henderson
Nevada 
Jerico Richardson
Nevada 
WRThomas Sperbeck
Boise State 
Hunter Sharp
USU  
Marcus Kemp
Hawaii 
S. Williams-Rhodes
Boise State 
TEDevonte Boyd (WR)
UNLV 
Jalen Robinette (WR)
Air Force 
Steven Walker
Colorado State 
Jake Roh
Boise State 
CMarcus Henry
Boise State 
Austin Stephens
Utah State 
Ben Clarke
Hawaii 
Bo Bonnheim
Fresno State 
OGFred Zerblis
Colorado State 
Darrell Greene
SDSU 
Travis Averill
Boise State 
Jake Bennett (C)
Colorado State 
OGAndrew Ruechel
Air Force 
Jake Roullier
Wyoming 
Mario Yakoo
Boise State  
Matt Rochell (OT)
Air Force 
OTAlex Fifita
Fresno State 
Sam Carlson
Colorado State 
Reno Henderson
New Mexico 
Wes Schweitzer
SJSU  
OTRees Odhiambo
Boise State 
Jake Simonich
Utah State 
Justin Northern
Fresno State 
Austin Corbett
Nevada 
 First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DLKamalei Correa
Boise State 
Alex Barrett
SDSU 
Rykeem Yates
Nevada 
Todd Hunt
Fresno State  
DLJordan Nielsen
Utah State 
Alex Hansen
Air Force 
Lenny Jones
Nevada 
Jon Sanchez
SDSU  
DLIan Seau
Nevada 

Travis Seefeldt

Utah State 

Joe Kawulok
Colorado State 
Nik D'Avanzo
New Mexico 
DLEddie Yarbrough
Wyoming 
Kennedy Tulimasealii
Hawaii 
Armand Nance
Boise State 
Connor Healy
Air Force 
LBKyler Fackrell
Utah State 
Dakota Cox
New Mexico 
Tau Lotulelei 
UNLV 
Jake Fely
SDSU                 
LBNick Vigil
Utah State 
Cory James
Colorado State 
Kyrie Wilson
Fresno State 
Ben Weaver
Boise State 
LBTanner Vallejo
Boise State 
Calvin Munson
SDSU 
Christian Tago
SJSU 
Jordan Dobrich
Nevada 
CBDonte Deayon
Boise State 
Cleveland Wallace III
SJSU 
Jalen Davis
Utah State 
Ne'Quan Phillips
Hawaii   
CBDamontae Kazee
SDSU 
J.J. Whittaker
SDSU  
Jimmy Pruitt
SJSU 
Charles Washington
Fresno State  
SWeston Steelhammer
Air Force 
Trent Matthews
Colorado State 
Devin Centers
Utah State  
Malik Smith
SDSU 
SDarian Thompson
Boise State 
Peni Vea
UNLV 
Kevin Pierre-Louis
Colorado State 
Trayvon Henderson
Hawaii 
 First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
KDonny Hageman
SDSU 
Brent Zuzo
Nevada 
Austin Lopez
SJSU  
Jake Thompson
Utah State  
PAlex Boy
Nevada 
Hayden Hunt
Colorado State 
Garrett Swanson
Fresno State  
Sean Wale
Boise State  
KRDeionte Gaines
Colorado State 
Ridge Jones
New Mexico 
S. Williams-Rhodes
Boise State  
Rashaad Penny
SDSU 
PRJoJo Natson*
Utah State 
Lloyd Mills
SDSU 

Tyler Ervin
SJSU 

S. Williams-Rhodes
Boise State 
Related: 2015 Mountain West Predictions

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 All-Mountain West Team

 FirstSecondThirdFourth

Air Force

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 

Boise State

Offense: 3
Defense: 4
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0 
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 2

Colorado State

Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 2
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 

Fresno State

Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 0 

Hawaii

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 2 
​Sp. Teams: 0

Nevada

Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 3 
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 

New Mexico

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 1 
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 1 
Defense: 0 
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 

SDSU

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1 
Offense: 1
Defense: 3 
​Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 3
​Sp. Teams: 1 

SJSU

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 2 
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 

UNLV

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 

Utah State

Offense: 2
Defense: 3
​Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 3
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 1 

Wyoming

Offense: 0
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 0
Defense: 0 
​Sp. Teams: 0 
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
​Sp. Teams: 0 

* All-conference teams were selected before Natson's dismissal in late June.

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The Pac-12 has emerged as college football’s No. 2 conference over the last few seasons, and there’s no shortage of talent returning to the league in 2015. This conference is known for its offense, but the Pac-12 has a good core of proven talent returning on defense.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Pac-12 last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Related: 2015 Pac-12 Predictions, Projected Records and Awards

 

Pac-12 2015 Team Previews

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National
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47873244666
South Division
 
National
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30136723631

 

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Athlon's 2015 All-Pac-12 Team
 First-Team
Offense
Second-Team
Offense
Third-Team
Offense
Fourth-Team
Offense
QBCody Kessler
USC 
Jared Goff
California 
Anu Solomon
Arizona 
Vernon Adams
Oregon 
RBDevontae Booker
Utah 
Royce Freeman
Oregon 
Daniel Lasco
California 
Thomas Tyner
Oregon 
RBPaul Perkins
UCLA 
Nick Wilson
Arizona 
Demario Richard
Arizona State 
Storm Woods
Oregon State 
APD.J. Foster 
Arizona State 
Christian McCaffrey
Stanford 
Charles Nelson
Oregon 
Dwayne Washington (RB)
Washington 
WRJuJu Smith
USC 
Jordan Payton
UCLA 
Devon Cajuste
Stanford 
Victor Bolden
Oregon State 
WRNelson Spruce
Colorado 
Kenny Lawler
California 
River Cracraft
Wazzu 
Gabe Marks
Wazzu 
WRCayleb Jones
Arizona 
Byron Marshall
Oregon 
Austin Hooper (TE)
Stanford 

Thomas Duarte (TE)
UCLA 

CMax Tuerk
USC 
Jake Brendel
UCLA 
Nick Kelly
Arizona State 
Alex Kelley
Colorado 
OGToa Lobendahn
USC 
Christian Westerman
Arizona State 
Dexter Charles
Washington 
Vi Teofilo
Arizona State 
OGJoshua Garnett
Stanford 

Viane Talamaivao
USC 

Chris Borrayo
California 
Isaac Seumalo
Oregon State 
OTKyle Murphy
Stanford 
Joe Dahl
Wazzu 

Tyrell Crosby
Oregon 

Freddie Tagaloa
Arizona 
OTTyler Johnstone
Oregon 
Stephane Nembot
Colorado 
Conor McDermott
UCLA 
J.J. Dielman
Utah 
 First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DEDeForest Buckner
Oregon 
Lowell Lotulelei (DT)
Utah 
Reggie Gilbert
Arizona 
Delvon Simmons
USC 
DEHunter Dimick
Utah 
Tashon Smallwood (DT)
Arizona State 
Josh Tupou (DT)*
Colorado 
Kache Palacio
Wazzu 
DTKenny Clark
UCLA 
Antwaun Woods
USC 
Mustafa Jalil
California 
Elijah Qualls
Washington 
DLEddie Vanderdoes
UCLA 
Peter Kalambayi (LB)
Stanford 
Gionni Paul (LB)
Utah 
Christian French (LB)
Oregon 
LBSu'a Cravens
USC 
Blake Martinez
Stanford 
Jared Norris
Utah 
Kevin Anderson
Stanford 
LBMyles Jack
UCLA 
Addison Gillam
Colorado 
Deon Hollins
UCLA 
Michael Barton
California 
LBScooby Wright
Arizona 
Viliami Moeakiola
Arizona State 
Tyson Coleman
Oregon 
Travis Feeney
Washington 
CBAdoree' Jackson
USC 
Lloyd Carrington
Arizona State 
Kevon Seymour
USC 
Larry Scott
Oregon State            
CBIshmael Adams
UCLA 
Fabian Moreau
UCLA 

Kenneth Crawley

Colorado 

Kweishi Brown
Arizona State 
SBudda Baker
Washington 
Reggie Daniels
Oregon 
Tevin Carter
Utah 
Zach Hoffpauir*
Stanford 
SJordan Simone
Arizona State 
William Parks
Arizona 
Chidobe Awuzie
Colorado 
Jaleel Wadood
UCLA 
 First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
KAndy Phillips
Utah 
Zane Gonzalez
Arizona State 

Cameron Van Winkle
Washington 

Ka'imi Fairbairn
UCLA 
PTom Hackett
Utah 
Drew Riggleman
Arizona 
Korey Durkee
Washington 
Matt Haack               
Arizona State 
KRAdoree' Jackson
USC 
Trevor Davis
California 
Ishmael Adams
UCLA 
Phillip Lindsay
Colorado 
PRCharles Nelson
Oregon 
Christian McCaffrey
Stanford  
Dante Pettis
Washington 
DaVonte' Neal
Arizona 
 
Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 All-Pac-12 Team
 FirstSecondThirdFourth
Arizona

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Arizona State

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams:  1

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

California

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Colorado

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 3 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1 

Oregon

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 2 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Oregon State

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 3

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Stanford

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 2 

Sp. Teams: 0

UCLA

Offense: 1

Defense: 4

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1 

USC

Offense: 4

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Utah

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Washington

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 3 

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0 

Washington State

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0 

* Tupou was selected for the team prior to his suspension for the 2015 season. Hoffpauir was selected to the team prior to his decision to play professional baseball.

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Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah have accomplished a rare feat in the Triple Crown.

 

Jimmy Fallon was impressed but there was still something left for the jockey to do ... the unheard of Quadruple Crown. Yes, it's made up and yes it's awesome. The two guys went on a more exciting race than most.

 

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When it comes to college football dynasties, North Dakota State has every reason to stake its own claim to one of the greatest eras in the sport's history.

 

No, the Bison aren’t Alabama, USC, Oklahoma or Notre Dame, but North Dakota State is amid one of the most rare streaks in college football with four consecutive national titles. None of the aforementioned power programs can match that streak.

 

Only two other programs in any NCAA division can claim a streak of four championships — Michigan from 1901-04 (using retroactive models) and Division III Augustana (Ill.) from 1983-86.

 

A fifth straight title would be unprecedented in the NCAA record book, and North Dakota State has plenty of reason to believe history is within its grasp.

 

1. North Dakota State

For a change, the four-time defending FCS national champion Bison have a better offense than defense. Senior quarterback Carson Wentz, named the Most Outstanding Player of last season’s title win over Illinois State, will work behind a terrific offensive line and get the ball to wide receivers Zach Vraa and RJ Urzendowski and running back King Frazier, a transfer from Nebraska. On defense, coach Chris Klieman loses a lot, but both starting cornerbacks, Jordan Champion and CJ Smith, return, and defensive tackle Nate Tanguay is a handful up front. The Fargodome will keep rocking.

 

2. Illinois State

Dual-threat quarterback Tre Roberson and running back Marshaun Coprich (FCS-high 2,274 rushing yards) are basically unstoppable, but coach Brock Spack’s national runner-up squad must replace key personnel on offense. An athletic defense will soar again behind ends Teddy Corwin and David Perkins and leading tackler Pat Meehan at linebacker. In the 10-team Missouri Valley, the Redbirds and North Dakota State won’t meet during the regular season.

 

3. Sam Houston State

After coach K.C. Keeler guided the Bearkats to the national semifinals in his first season, he gets back 19 starters. Dual-threat quarterback Jared Johnson threw for over 3,000 yards and was one rushing yard shy of 1,000. Sophomore defensive end P.J. Hall racked up 30 tackles for a loss.

 

4. Jacksonville State

OVC Defensive Player of the Year Devaunte Sigler, LaMichael Fanning and Chris Landrum form an intimidating defensive line, and quarterback Eli Jenkins keeps getting better. Plus, the veteran Gamecocks and coach John Grass are motivated by last year’s early playoff exit as the No. 3 seed.

 

5. Villanova

Senior quarterback John Robertson (3,924 total yards, 46 total touchdowns) seeks an encore after winning the 2014 Walter Payton Award. Linebacker Don Cherry nearly matched Robertson’s excellence on defense, finishing second in the Buck Buchanan Award voting.

 

6. Eastern Washington

Lost in the transfer of star quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. to Oregon is the fact that the Eagles must improve a defense that ranked 90th in scoring defense and 95th in total defense. Emerging defensive end Samson Ebukam is a part of the solution. New signal-caller Jordan West will target junior Cooper Kupp, who’s caught 37 touchdowns in two seasons.

 

7. Coastal Carolina

Only North Dakota State has more FCS wins than Coastal’s 24 the last two seasons. The Chanticleers will continue the momentum behind dual-threat quarterback Alex Ross and 1,500-yard running back De’Angelo Henderson. Quinn Backus, a three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year, departs, leaving senior end Roderick Holder in charge.

 

8. Chattanooga

Quarterback Jacob Huesman has made his dad (coach Russ Huesman) proud in winning back-to-back conference titles and SoCon Offensive Player of the Year awards. Few FCS secondaries are better than the unit boasting Cedric Nettles, Dee Virgin and Lucas Webb.

 

9. New Hampshire

Coach Sean McDonnell’s back-to-back national semifinalists are guarding against a step backward. Despite the loss of influential seniors, the Wildcats have veteran leaders in quarterback Sean Goldrich, linebacker Akil Anderson and defensive back Casey DeAdrade.

 

10. Youngstown State

Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini steps into a ready-to-win situation at YSU, where school president Jim Tressel guided the Penguins to four national titles in the 1990s. A youthful offense features sophomore quarterback Hunter Wells and junior running back Martin Ruiz. Defensive ends Derek Rivers and Terrell Williams combined for 24 sacks.

 

11. Northern Iowa

If UNI survives a tough five-game opening stretch, it will be a top-10 team. Transfers Aaron Bailey (Illinois quarterback) and Savon Huggins (Rutgers running back) join a strong corps featuring quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen, running back Darrian Miller, linebacker Brett McMakin, safety Tim Kilfoy and placekicker Michael Schmadeke.

 

12. Liberty

Coach Turner Gill’s Flames expect to build on their first-ever playoff appearance. The passing duo of Josh Woodrum and Darrin Peterson is superb, there are two excellent running backs in D.J. Abnar and Desmond Rice, and placekicker John Lunsford has the strongest leg in the FCS.

 

13. Montana State

Dual-threat quarterback Dakota Prukop was having a dominant campaign until a late-season knee injury slowed him down last year. With a veteran offensive line, the Bobcats will think run first while chasing the Big Sky title. Coach Rob Ash’s squad must make improvements on defense.

 

14. James Madison

Quarterback Vad Lee, after leading the FCS in total yards (4,288) last season, will challenge Villanova’s John Robertson for All-CAA honors. The young talent, including running back Khalid Abdullah, linebackers Kyre Hawkins and Rhakeem Stallings and cornerback Taylor Reynolds, has come of age.

 

15. Eastern Illinois

A bounce-back season for the Panthers appears likely in coach Kim Dameron’s second season. Kentucky transfer Jalen Whitlow came on strong after he got acclimated at quarterback, and the running game added some transfers alongside Shepard Little. Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill is one of the top defenders in the OVC.

 

16. McNeese State

There probably aren’t enough touches to go around in the Cowboys’ deep rushing attack, which includes quarterback Daniel Sams and running backs Ryan Ross and Derrick Milton. Coach Matt Viator, who has yet to have a losing record through nine seasons, seeks a rebound.

 

17. Montana

Former Colorado School of Mines coach Bob Stitt has taken over the Grizzlies’ historically powerful program. He won’t be the only new face in a retooled lineup, although there are key returnees in linebackers Kendrick Van Ackeren and Jeremiah Kose and 1,000-yard receiver Jamaal Jones.

 

18. Idaho State

After a breakthrough season for a program that had been a Big Sky cellar-dweller, the Bengals must replace record-setting quarterback Justin Arias (4,076 yards, 38 TDs in 2014). But Arias’ replacement will be able to rely on big-time weapons in running back Xavier Finney and wide receiver Madison Mangum.

 

19. South Dakota State

No team has a bigger hole to fill than the Jackrabbits after three-time 2,000-yard rusher Zach Zenner moved on. The focal point of the offense shifts to sophomore wide receiver Jake Wieneke (73 receptions for 1,404 yards and 16 TDs).

 

20. Richmond

Despite the departure of quarterback Michael Strauss and a 23-member senior class, the Spiders return leading rushers Seth Fisher and Jacobi Green and 1,000-yard receivers Reggie Diggs and Brian Brown. Linebacker Omar Howard is coming off a breakout season.

 

21. Eastern Kentucky

Dy’Shawn Mobley rushed for nearly 1,500 yards after transferring from Kentucky. His old school will get another look at him on Oct. 3 as part of the Colonels’ challenging road schedule. Former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence also has landed at EKU.

 

22. Harvard

If Tim Murphy coaxes another unbeaten season out of his team, he might be the national Coach of the Year. The team’s strength is at the skill positions, with quarterback Scott Hosch, running backs Paul Stanton Jr. and Semar Smith and wide receiver Andrew Fischer.

 

23. Western Carolina

Every offensive starter is back from a Catamounts team coming off its best season in nearly a decade, none bigger than dual-threat quarterback Troy Mitchell. Trips to Tennessee and Texas A&M await.

 

24. Cal Poly

Quarterback Chris Brown (1,265 yards, 17 TDs on the ground) and slot back Kori Garcia (1,039 yards) fuel a triple-option that has led the FCS in rushing yards per game the last two seasons. But a veteran team has to overcome a brutal first half of the schedule.

 

25. Indiana State

Ten starters, led by linebacker Connor Underwood and safety Mark Sewall, return to a punishing defense. The key for the Sycamores is a steady transition for junior college transfer quarterback Zach Kline. 

 

FCS 2015 Preseason All-America Team

 

OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB Josh Robertson, VillanovaDE James Cowser, Southern Utah
RB Marshaun Coprich, Illinois StateDE Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas
RB Dy'shawn Mobley, Eastern KentuckyDT Javon Harvgrave, South Carolina State
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern WashingtonDT O.J. Mau, Gardner-Webb
WR Darrin Peterson, LibertyLB Don Cherry, Villanova
TE Josh Cook, Idaho StateLB Luke Rhodes, William & Mary
C Robert Booker, Missouri StateLB Connor Underwood, Indiana State
G Jonathan Burgess, LibertyCB Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville State
G JP Flynn, Montana StateCB Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana
T Joe Haeg, North Dakota StateS Case DeAdrade, New Hampshire
T Donald Jackson III, Sam Houston StateS Donald Payne, Stetson
K John Lunsford, LibertyKR Pokey Harris, Murray State
P Ben LeCompte, North Dakota StatePR Anotnio Hamilton, South Carolina State

 

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While the strength of the ACC appears to reside in the Atlantic Division once again in 2015, that doesn’t mean the Coastal won’t lack for its own excitement and intrigue. Predicting which team will end up on top is one thing, while Las Vegas is more concerned about how many wins each will get.

 

Related: 2015 ACC Predictions, Projected Records and Awards 

 

To that end, projected win totals discussed here are broken down into three categories — definite wins, definite losses and toss-ups. Most of the conference games will in the toss-up category, especially ones on the road. This preview will offer thoughts on each team and if there’s any value either over or under.

 

With so little separation when it comes to the majority of the teams, the ACC Coastal figures to be a hotly contested division this season. There are several teams who could lay claim to first place including Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Behind them, you've got Duke, Miami, Pittsburgh and Virginia.

 

Note: Over/under odds courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook

 

ACC Coastal

 

Duke Blue Devils

(Over 7 wins -150...Under 7 wins +110)

Record Last Year: 9-4, 5-3

 

Returning Starters: 12 (6 on offense, 6 on defense)

 

Offense: Anthony Boone is gone and so is the stability at quarterback. There are weapons in the unit with Shaq Powell at running back, Braxton Deaver at tight end and Max McCaffrey at wide receiver. The line will miss Laken Tomlinson, but three starters do return. We cannot count out any group coached by David Cutcliffe.

 

Defense: This is another team in the ACC with a strong secondary. Safety Jeremy Cash had 5.5 sacks to go along with fellow Safety DeVon Edwards’ 4.5. A healthy Kelby Brown at linebacker will help this unit out immensely. They were 92nd against the run last year, allowing almost 200 yards per game.

 

Schedule: Duke has four of its first five at home and go over a month between road games to start the year (Tulane) and Oct. 10 (Army). In between the Blue Devils host NC Central, Northwestern, Georgia Tech and Boston College. Duke closes with five of its last seven on the road, which will test this team.

 

Selection: The money movement is right here as this team will capitalize on the home friendly start to the year. Road games at Virginia Tech and North Carolina will be tough, but they close out with games at UVA and Wake Forest which are both winnable. The over is the play for this one.

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

(Over 7.5 wins -160...Under 7.5 wins +120)

 

Record Last Year: 11-3, 6-2

 

Returning Starters: 13 (6 on offense, 7 on defense)

 

Offense: Justin Thomas is back for his junior year after accounting for over 2,000 yards of offense and 26 total touchdowns in 2014. Of concern here are the losses of multiple running backs as well as leading receiver DeAndre Smelter from last year’s team. The line does return four starters, so whomever ends up running the ball should find room to operate.

 

Defense: Jamal Golden leads a secondary looking for improvement after last year's struggles. The Yellow Jackets were 13th in passing defense in the conference and won't be able to struggle against the talent in the ACC. Adam Gotsis leads the front line, which will be asked to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

 

Schedule: Georgia Tech should start fast with home games against Alcorn State and Tulane before tough road games at Notre Dame and Duke. Keep in mind, the Irish have seen an option attack before with Navy a regular opponent. Atlanta will be rocking this year with Florida State, Virginia Tech and Georgia coming to town.

 

Selection: Have confidence in the over although you could make a case for value to the under. Only Virginia Tech has extra time to prepare for the option while Georgia has Georgia Southern the week before. If the Yellow Jackets defend their home field then this is one win total likely to go over. Think eight wins this fall.

 

Miami Hurricanes

(Over 5.5 wins -170...Under 5.5 wins +130)

 

Record Last Year: 6-7, 3-5

 

Returning Starters: 8 (3 on offense, 5 on defense)

 

Offense: Brad Kaaya is back and he is the stabilizing force around a lot of change. Philip Dorsett, Clive Walford and Duke Johnson are all gone for the Canes. Their running back position should be good though with Joe Yearby and Gus Edwards in the backfield. Stacy Coley, Herb Waters and Rashawn Scott are good weapons for Kaaya to have as well. The line is almost completely new so there might be early struggles.

 

Defense: More losses here as Denzel Perryman, Anthony Chickillo and Olsen Pierre are gone. Senior Deon Bush adds to a talented group of safeties in the Coastal. Miami will need its defense to play well early while the offense develops.

 

Schedule: The Canes are eased into the season with Bethune Cookman and Florida Atlantic before games against Nebraska and Cincinnati. The conference slate is hard with road games at Florida State, Duke and North Carolina.

 

Selection: The seat is getting mighty warm for Al Golden. The under has some incredible value for Miami. The Hurricanes have a sure win over Bethune Cookman with a probable win over Florida Atlantic as well. Other than that, it's one tough game after another. Even though they get both the Virginia schools at home, neither is a sure thing. The Wahoos have proven that games in Miami don't intimidate them. If the Canes lose early then Sun Life Stadium will be dead and games against UVA and Georgia Tech in November will seem like study hall.

 

North Carolina Tar Heels

(Over 8 wins -115...Under 8 wins -125)

 

Record Last Year: 6-7, 4-4

 

Returning Starters: 16 (10 on offense, 6 on defense)

 

Offense: Marquise Williams has almost all of his weapons back from an offense that put up 33.2 points per game last year. The wide receiving corps features Quinshad Davis, Ryan Switzer and Mack Hollins. This is a unit that scored 40 or more points in six contests. There's no worry on this side of the ball.

 

Defense: Gene Chizik has been hired to fix a unit that allowed 39 points per game last year. There's not a lot to like on this side. Jessie Rogers had 5.5 sacks and will be counted on again this year.

 

Schedule: South Carolina kicks things off for the Tar Heels, who will be breaking in several new starters. After that are home games against NC A&T, Illinois and Delaware. There are just four true road games on the slate with each of them presenting their own challenges.

 

Selection: If the defense gets fixed then UNC becomes a real threat in the ACC. I've pegged the Heels for eight wins, as they have a schedule that breaks right for them. They will start fast and close with two losses at Virginia Tech and NC State.

 

Pittsburgh Panthers

(Over 6 wins -125...Under 6 wins -115)

 

Record Last Year: 6-7, 4-4

 

Returning Starters: 15 (8 on offense, 7 on defense)

 

Offense: Plain and simple, it's all about the big three of Chad Voytik, James Conner and Tyler Boyd. Conner and Boyd form one of the best RB/WR duos in the league. J.P. Holtz is a solid option at tight end as well. If Voytik continues his solid close to last year, then this unit will click early and often.

 

Defense: Pat Narduzzi did wonders for Michigan State. He installed Josh Conklin from Florida International as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator and he'll have a lot to work with. The Panthers were stout last year against the pass, allowing 198.9 yards per game.

 

Schedule: Pittsburgh has home games against Youngstown State and Notre Dame to go along with road games at Akron and Iowa. Last year the Panthers lost at home to both of those teams with the Akron one being a big surprise as they managed only 10 points. They play five of their first seven on the road before closing out with four of their last five at home.

 

Selection: No lean to either direction in this one. They should go 2-2 out of conference. This total depends upon how you feel about Miami and Louisville in November and whether or not the Carrier Dome will be empty for the Oct. 24 game against Syracuse.

 

Virginia Cavaliers

(Over 4.5 wins +105...Under 4.5 wins -145)

 

Record Last Year: 5-7, 3-5

 

Returning Starters: 9 (5 on offense, 4 on defense)

 

Offense: Matt Johns has no competition at starting quarterback following Greyson Lambert's decision to transfer. Johns provided some solid work at times while struggling in others. Taquan Mizzell is speed out of the backfield and North Carolina transfer T.J. Thorpe will help out at WR. The offensive line has three returning starters with the other two most likely starters having seen time last year.

 

Defense: The worry here is trying to replace Eli Harold and Max Valles, both of whom left early for the NFL. Quin Blanding, Demetrious Nicholson and Maurice Canady help form a very good secondary. Blanding is going to be an absolute stud after a very good freshman year.

 

Schedule: This is as tough an out-of-conference schedule as you can get. Virginia has a road game at UCLA before home contests against Notre Dame, William & Mary and Boise State. The Broncos game is on a Friday night so the travel and earlier start time could be a factor. Seven home games on the Cavaliers’ schedule help out a desperate team.

 

Selection: I like the over for the Hoos. Mike London's seat is almost as hot as Al Golden's so a bowl would be nice for this team. While a postseason appearance doesn’t seem likely for UVA this season, here’s saying the Cavaliers will take care of Boise State at home on Sept. 25. A forecast of three or four wins in conference play and Virginia clears its low win total fairly easily.

 

Virginia Tech Hokies

(Over 8 wins -115...Under 8 wins -125)

 

Record Last Year: 7-6, 3-5

 

Returning Starters: 16 (8 on offense, 8 on defense)

 

Offense: The good news is that eight starters are back, but the bad news is that this was the 96th-ranked offense in terms of total yards. Michael Brewer threw 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last year so he will have to take better care of the ball. Hopefully injuries won't be as much of an issue at running back as the talent is there with several options.

 

Defense: Bud Foster's unit is always a strength and this year should be no different. Kendall Fuller is one of the best CBs in the ACC. He gets a lot of help from a stout defensive line led by Dadi Nicholas, Corey Marshall and Ken Ekanem. These guys will be in the top 20 after finishing 21st last year.

 

Schedule: 2015 will start with a bang as Ohio State comes to Blacksburg. The Hokies also take on Furman, Purdue and East Carolina with their last two games on the road. The Pirates won in Blacksbrug last year, but that was with Shane Carden at quarterback. Three of the last four games are on the road in conference.

 

Selection: The lean here is to the over as I have the Hokies projected for nine wins. They will push Ohio State but fall short on Sept. 7. The defense is too good to not keep Virginia Tech in every game. If you want to pinpoint one game that could determine how close to the projected win total it's the Halloween game at Boston College, which can be a nightmarish assignment for visiting teams.

 

— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Josephs prefers non-Power 5 college football and may be the only one wagering on the Sun Belt. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.

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Cleveland is all in for the Cavaliers.

 

The Cleveland Clinic is dressing the newest Cavalier fans up in "Born To Be ALL IN" onesies. Too cute.

 

The babies must be good luck charms considering the Cavs took down the Warriors in Game 2. If you aren't a fan of either team, these little guys and girls would probably be enough to sway you.

 

 

 

 

Check out the video here.

 

With all this newfound cuteness in the world, Cleveland is already winning.

 

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Catching a fly ball is difficult to do. Adding the barehanded aspect to it seems almost impossible. Almost.

 

During a Biloxi Shuckers game, one fan wearing a GoPro camera made a sick catch and it is pretty impressive. Try not to flinch because the video is super clear.

 

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Though the MLB Draft is hardly talked about, it provides a strong glimpse into the future. With the first round of the MLB Draft coming up tonight, here is a look at 10 of the best players drafted in the first round since 2000 (listed in chronological order of year they were drafted):

 

Adrian Gonzalez (Marlins: 2000, No. 1) 

Usually a player as good as Gonzalez would at least spend a few years with the team that drafted him. However, the Marlins traded him early to the Rangers, who sent him to San Diego, where he began cementing his name as an elite player. His years there, including three All-Star appearances, led to his massive contract with the Red Sox, where he had his best year in 2011. Since then, he has moved on to the Dodgers, where he continues to impress at 33 years old, hitting .330 to date with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs.

 

Adam Wainwright (Braves: 2000, No. 29) 

When Clayton Kershaw plays in the same league as you, it can be hard to garner attention at times. However, when Wainwright tore his Achilles earlier this season, there was a sign of a clear, detrimental loss. In his 10-year career, Wainwright's .644 winning percentage and sub-3.00 ERA easily ranks him around the top of the MLB. He’s reached at least 19 wins in four seasons, won two Gold Glove awards, and finished at least third in the Cy Young voting four times. He has been extremely consistent his whole career, always finishing over .500 in the win column.

 

Joe Mauer (Twins: 2001, No. 1) 

While Mauer has flown under the radar the past couple years, many people forget how dominant he was, especially while being a catcher. There’s a reason why the Twins made him the highest paid catcher ever in 2010, although many have labeled it as a terrible deal as of recent. However, a .317 career batting average is elite for a catcher, and it’s just one of the reasons why he’s a six-time All-Star. He won three straight Gold Gloves from 2008-10 and took home the MVP award in '09. A catcher who can hit and field that well is rare, and although he moved to first base in 2014, his career production is extremely impressive.

 

Justin Verlander (Tigers: 2004, No. 2) 

Spending his entire career in Detroit, Verlander’s 152 wins to 89 losses, highlighted by six 17-plus win seasons, including one in his rookie year, show just how valuable he has been. In his 2011 Cy Young season, he won a staggering 24 games, the most since Randy Johnson in 2002. That year he also won the AL Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA. Verlander has been one of the most prominent pitchers over the past decade, and he looks to add to his success this season when he comes back from an injury.

 

Andrew McCutchen (Pirates: 2005, No. 11) 

McCutchen has been an all-around excellent player, at the plate, in the field, and around the bases, which he has been awarded for with four straight All-Star selections. In his past three years, he hit comfortably above .300, with an on-base percentage over .400. The 2013 NL MVP, he's finished third in the voting on two other occasions. A slow start to this season hampered him early on, but he has been hot since the second week of May and should finish with stats close to his past few years.

 

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers: 2006, No. 7) 

He’s only 27, and there’s hardly any baseball expert or fan who wouldn’t call him the best pitcher in MLB, let alone the best player. With three Cy Young awards and an MVP award, Kershaw has dominated, posting a career 2.53 ERA and two 21-win seasons. This season started off rough per his standards, but he’s been flashing his Cy Young stuff in the past three games with 28 strikeouts in 22 innings, allowing just two runs.

 

David Price (Rays: 2007, No. 1) 

Whether an omen or not, the Tampa Bay Rays recorded their first season in franchise history finishing over .500 the same year Price debuted. He didn’t play much that year, but it seemed like a sign of things to come. As the ace on a team in a loaded division, he has been a standout in the league for several years. His 20-win 2012 season earned him Cy Young honors, after coming in second place just two years earlier. Traded to Detroit last summer, a career .632 winning percentage and 3.17 ERA has helped Price win 91 career games, highlighted by his notorious ability to strikeout batters.

 

Buster Posey (Giants: 2008, No. 5) 

Posey has been a winner his entire career. In his first full season in 2010, he not only was NL Rookie of the Year, but also a World Series champion. Since then, he’s gone one to be a vital part of two more World Series winners. In one of those years, 2012, he led the league in batting average and hit a career-high 24 home runs on his way to MVP honors. Like Mauer, excelling so much at catcher only adds further value to what Posey has already accomplished.

 

Mike Trout (Angels: 2009, No. 25) 

Trout actually came about to be an Angel by means of another great first-rounder, Mark Teixiera, as a compensation pick for him signing with the Yankees in free agency. Trout is undoubtedly both the present and the future of the MLB, as he will continue to serve as the face of the sport for at least the next decade. He already has an MVP under his belt and became the fastest to 100 home runs and stolen bases. With so much already accomplished in only a few years, many more records appear to be vulnerable. In addition, his speed and vision in the field have made him a great defender, highlighted by several robbed home runs.

 

Bryce Harper (Nationals: 2010, No. 1) 

Hyped as one of the best prospects ever, Harper played well, especially for a young player in his first few seasons. This year, he has exploded, arguably being the top player in the NL. He leads the league in WAR (4.2), home runs (19), is third in RBIs (46), and is batting well over .300. Fans now are seeing Harper comfortably get into his zone, proving why he was a historic prospect. At only 22 years old, he and Trout will surely duke it out for top honors for many years to come.


Other notable first-round picks:

Chase Utley (2000), Mark Teixeira (2001), Max Scherzer (2006), Sonny Gray (2011)

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Michael Jordan is always going to be competitive.

 

When challenged on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to palm things, His Airness did not back down.

 

 

Jordan is definitely not down with disco.

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When your jam comes on, sometimes you can't help yourself.

 

The N.C. State football team just had to rock out in the weight room when Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" came on. It's probably best they stick to football since their dance moves seems a little more on point than their voices.

 

 

Haters gonna hate.

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Ever so often the internet gives the people what they want, and other times it gives them something they totally weren't expecting.

 

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz rapping about coffee is the latter. Dunkin' Donuts tapped the two superstars and the result is priceless.

 

 

Either you're craving coffee or actual music right now.

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With the Baltimore Ravens finishing up OTAs and having mandatory camp from June 16-18, the team looks to work on ways to improve upon last season’s success. Here are five questions that will shape the Ravens as they prepare for training camp in late July:

 

Will Dennis Pitta, Joe Flacco’s favorite target, remain healthy and able to practice during the summer?

The Ravens teased fans with practice highlights of tight end Dennis Pitta running some light drills. The fifth-year tight end has only played in seven games over the past two years after suffering a career-threatening hip injury in summer practice in 2013, then tweaking it in a game last year. Although Pitta looked smooth in the limited video of his practice, every fan remembers how easily he went down last year, falling to the ground untouched. Regardless, Pitta played an integral role in the Ravens’ Super Bowl season in 2013, notching 669 yards and seven touchdowns. The Ravens drafted two tight ends, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle, providing extra insurance in case Pitta isn’t 100 percent. Crockett Gillmore will also be in the mix of tight ends during the season, as Owen Daniels left for Denver in free agency.

 

Who will separate themselves from the rest in the battle for the third wide receiver position?

Entering the NFL Draft, the Ravens had a glaring need at wide receiver after Torrey Smith headed to the west coast to play for the 49ers. The Ravens return several receivers from last year, but only one starter, the ever-reliant Steve Smith, who turned 36 last month. Then, they drafted Breshad Perriman out of UCF, who seems to fit in almost perfectly into Torrey Smith’s old role as a vertical threat. That leaves the pivotal third wide receiver in limbo with a battle between Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro, if he can stay healthy. Brown played extremely well in 2013, finishing with 524 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. However, his numbers dipped significantly last year, as Aiken proved more effective, catching three touchdowns to go along with 267 yards. This summer will be instrumental in determining which player is best for the position. The Ravens may also think about adding a veteran free agent if needed.   

 

How will the offense adjust to Marc Trestman, the team’s fourth offensive coordinator in four years?

Under Gary Kubiak, the Ravens recorded arguably their best offensive season in team history. His implementation of the zone-blocking scheme reinvigorated a flailing rush game, and more deep balls helped create big gains and open up holes underneath. However, Kubiak left to become Denver's head coach, with Marc Trestman taking over Baltimore's offense after two years as the Bears’ head coach. Trestman and Kubiak seem to have very similar styles, relying heavily on zone blocking for the running game. However, Trestman will look to run more play-action passes that should prove successful with Flacco’s cannon arm. In the early going, Trestman has been pushing everything upon the offense to see what they can handle. The move seems to be paying off though, as the team has looked impressive in all types of game situations.

 

How will the Ravens replace five time Pro-Bowler Haloti Ngata on the defensive line?

Haloti Ngata seemed destined to be one of those players who spends his entire career with one team, but the Ravens simply could not afford him. So now they are without the highly respected veteran after trading him to the Lions. However, there does not seem to be any worry for the Ravens because of Timmy Jernigan, the second-year defensive tackle out of Florida State. In addition to Jernigan, Brandon Williams, who enters his third year, will split time at nose guard. Ngata finished the season as one of the top defensive tackles, but both Jernigan and Williams finished very close behind him in less time played. Both players are viable options to start, which could be determined during the offseason. Nevertheless, both figure to receive significant snaps over the course of the season, trying to make it seem as if nothing changed along the line. 

 

The Ravens upgraded their secondary over the offseason, but where does Matt Elam fall in the mix?

Looking to improve the injury-prone secondary, the Ravens have added veteran cornerbacks Kyle Arrington and Cassius Vaughn, in addition to free safety Kendrick Lewis. Terrence Brooks, who had a successful rookie season at strong safety, will be out for the beginning of the year, after tearing knee ligaments last season. This injury leaves a hole at strong safety, where Will Hill and Matt Elam will battle for the spot. Hill seems to have the edge after a strong 2014, while Elam, the team's first-round draft pick in 2013, continued to struggle. The Ravens have invested a lot in Elam, although they haven’t gotten the production they hoped for, which he has acknowledged repeatedly. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh likes what he has seen from Hill, but Elam will be doing everything he can to take over the position many had hoped he would succeed in.

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The Browns haven’t won an NFL championship since 1964. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948. The Cavaliers won their first NBA Finals game just X days ago in Game 2 of the 2015 championship series.

 

Needless to say, the professional sports fans in Cleveland have dealt with some serious heartache. Despite his best efforts, Lebron James wasn't able to get his city over the championship hurdle this season, losing in six games to Golden State in the NBA Finals. For what it's worth, the superstar should have been the MVP in a losing effort.

 

As a heavy underdog to the Dubs and without two star players, the loss isn't nearly as painful as some of the other gut-wrenching moments in Cleveland sports history.

 

Note: Cleveland fans, avert your eyes.

 

October 2, 1954

The Indians won 97 games in 1954, posting one of the best records in franchise history. Willie Mays made one of the most famous catches in baseball history in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the World Series. What most don’t remember, however, is that had Mays not made the play, the Indians likely would have returned home to Cleveland tied 1-1 in the series against the Giants. Instead, Cleveland was swept and lost Game 4 at home in front of 78,102 fans.

 

April 17, 1960

The Curse of Rocky Colavito haunted Cleveland for more than three decades. The Indians right fielder led the league with 42 home runs in 1959 but was inexplicably traded by GM Frank Lane to Detroit for Harvey Kuenn just before the ’60 season began. Colavito hit 139 home runs in four seasons for the Tigers while Kuenn played one year in Cleveland, hitting nine home runs. Cleveland didn’t finish within 11 games of first place again until 1993.

 

July 13, 1966

Many believe Jim Brown is the greatest running back of all-time. So his unexpected retirement at age 29 shocked the NFL and the city of Cleveland prior to the 1966 season. Brown was the NFL’s all-time leading rusher when he retired (12,312) and had just led the NFL in rushing (1,544) and touchdowns (17) in 1965 before hanging up the cleats for the silver screen. His Browns single-season rushing record of 1,863 is the oldest team record in the NFL today.

 

January 4, 1980

In one of the coldest games in NFL playoff history — try minus-36 degrees wind chill — the Browns turned in their first of many painful playoff home losses. The “Kardiac Kids” only needed a field goal to beat Oakland with time running out in the AFC Divisional round. But Brian Sipe threw a last-minute interception in the end zone that gave the Raiders the win 14-12. The famous call from head coach Sam Rutigliano was Red Right 88.

 

Related: Purchase your 2015 Cleveland Browns preview magazine here!

 

January 11, 1987

Infamously dubbed “The Drive,” the first of many painful John Elway memories for Cleveland fans took place 5:32 away from the Super Bowl. Elway drove the Broncos 98 yards to tie the AFC Championship Game at 20-20 with less than 40 seconds left. Denver earned a trip to the Super Bowl with a game-winning field goal in overtime, knocking off the 12-4 Browns in Cleveland — what many consider the best team in franchise history.

 

January 17, 1988

One year later, Elway and the Broncos were once again the culprit of the Browns' Super Bowl sorrow. Down by five points with 1:12 left to play on the nine-yard line in the AFC title game, Ernest Byner broke free off the left edge and appeared poised to go into the end zone. But he fumbled just shy of the goal line, Denver recovered and advanced to its second straight Super Bowl.

 

May 7, 1989

The Cavaliers won 57 games in the 1988-89 season, setting a franchise record for wins at the time. In the first round of the playoffs, Craig Ehlo gave the Cavaliers a lead over the Bulls with three seconds to play in the decisive Game 5 of the series. But Michael Jordan would begin to build his NBA legend with a play affectionately dubbed “The Shot.” The game-winning jump shot with no time remaining was the first of many painful Jordan-related memories for Cavs fans.

 

January 14, 1990

For the third time in four years, the Browns lost in the AFC Championship Game to Elway and the Broncos. After a low-scoring first half, the Browns entered the fourth quarter down 24-21. Elway outscored Cleveland 13-0 in the fourth quarter and moved on to the Super Bowl once again.

 

May 17, 1993

One year after losing to the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs got swept by Michael Jordan in the playoffs yet again. Jordan drilled a fadeaway jumper with two guys in his face to win Game 4 103-101 and finish off the series. It was the fourth of five times that Jordan would eliminate the Cavs from the playoffs.

 

Related: Game 1 Proves LeBron James Deserves the MVP Every Year

 

November 6, 1995

At a press conference at Camden Yards, Browns owner Art Modell announced that he was relocating the franchise to Baltimore for the 1996 season. Subsequent legal action eventually led to the creation of an entirely new organization named the Baltimore Ravens. “The Move” left Cleveland without football for an unfathomable three years.

 

October 26, 1997

Up there with The Fumble and The Drive and The Shot is Jose Mesa’s blown save three outs away from a championship in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. A costly Tony Fernandez error set up a game-tying sac fly by Craig Counsell. Edgar Renteria won the Series for the Marlins with a game-winning base knock in the bottom of the 11th inning.

 

January 5, 2003

The one and only time the second rendition of the Browns has been to the postseason it lost to Pittsburgh in truly Cleveland fashion. The Browns led the archrival Steelers 24-7 with just a few minutes left in the third quarter. Pittsburgh went on to outscore Cleveland 29-9 over the final 19 minutes. It’s the only playoff game the new Browns have played in since returning to the league in 1999.

 

October 21, 2007

After winning three straight games to take a 3-1 lead over the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, the Indians proceeded to lose three straight and the series. Boston outscored Cleveland 30-5 over the last three games. The Indians won 96 games in 2007.

 

May 11, 2010

In one of the most bizarre nights in pro sports, LeBron James spent his final home game in Cleveland missing shots, mishandling the basketball and looking generally uninterested. It was Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and Boston took a 3-2 series lead with a 120-88 drubbing of the Cavs. James was 3-of-14 from the floor in 41:40 minutes of lethargic play. It was an eerie evening for Cavs fans and a precursor of what was to come a few months later.


July 8, 2010

“In this fall… this is very tough… in this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.” It made money for charity and it eventually led to multiple championships for the Heat, but Cavs fan likely don’t care about any of that — or the poor grammar.

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The ACC loses some of its star power from 2014, but the league still returns plenty of household names and players ready to challenge for All-America honors. And even though the 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project what could happen this year.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the ACC last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Related: 2015 ACC Predictions, Projected Records and Awards

 

 

ACC 2015 Team Previews

Atlantic Division
   
National
Rank:
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Coastal Division
 
National
Rank: 
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Athlon's All-ACC Team for 2015

 First-Team OffenseSecond-Team
Offense
Third-Team OffenseFourth-Team Offense
QBDeshaun Watson
Clemson 
Brad Kaaya
Miami 
Justin Thomas
Georgia Tech 
Marquise Williams
North Carolina 
RBJames Conner
Pittsburgh 
Jon Hilliman
Boston College  
Brandon Radcliff
Louisville 
T.J. Logan
North Carolina 
RBDalvin Cook
Florida State 
Joseph Yearby
Miami 
Wayne Gallman
Clemson 
J.C. Coleman
Virginia Tech 
APRyan Switzer (WR)
North Carolina 
Shadrach Thornton (RB)
NC State 
Taquan Mizell (RB)
Virginia 
Sherman Alston (WR)
Boston College 
WRTyler Boyd
Pittsburgh 
Travis Rudolph
Florida State 
James Quick
Louisville 
Quinshad Davis
North Carolina 
WRArtavis Scott
Clemson 
Mike Williams
Clemson 
Isaiah Ford
Virginia Tech 
Mack Hollins
North Carolina 
TEBucky Hodges
Virginia Tech 
Cam Serigne
Wake Forest 
Braxton Deaver
Duke 
David Grinnage
NC State 
CMatt Skura
Duke 
Freddie Burden
Georgia Tech 
Ryan Norton
Clemson 
Lucas Crowley
North Carolina 
OGWyatt Teller
Virginia Tech 
Dorian Johnson
Pittsburgh 
Trey Braun
Georgia Tech 
Ross Burbank
Virginia 
OGLandon Turner
North Carolina 
Joe Thuney
NC State 
Kareem Are
Florida State 
Harris Williams
Boston College 
OTAdam Bisnowaty
Pittsburgh 
Bryan Chamberlain
Georgia Tech 
Jon Heck
North Carolina 
Isaiah Battle*
Clemson 
OTRoderick Johnson
Florida State 
Jonathan McLaughlin
Virginia Tech 
Eric Smith
Virginia 
Ivan Foy
Syracuse 
 First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DEKen Ekanem
Virginia Tech 
Sheldon Rankins
Louisville 
KeShun Freeman
Georgia Tech 
Kevin Kavalec
Boston College  
DEDadi Nicolas
Virginia Tech 
Shaq Lawson
Clemson 
DeMarcus Walker
Florida State 
Ron Thompson
Syracuse                
DTAdam Gotsis
Georgia Tech 
N. Lawrence-Stample
Florida State 
Connor Wujciak
Boston College 
Josh Banks
Wake Forest 
DTLuther Maddy
Virginia Tech 
Corey Marshall
Virginia Tech 
David Dean
Virginia 
Nazair Jones
North Carolina 
LB

Brandon Chubb
Wake Forest  

Deon Clarke
Virginia Tech 
Kelby Brown*
Duke 
Reggie Northrup
Florida State 
LBKeith Kelsey
Louisville 
Steven Daniels
Boston College 
James Burgess
Louisville 
Jerod Fernandez
NC State 
LBTerrance Smith
Florida State 
P.J. Davis
Georgia Tech 
Marquel Lee
Wake Forest 
Jermaine Grace
Miami 
CBKendall Fuller
Virginia Tech 
Mackensie Alexander
Clemson 
Jack Tocho
NC State 
Demetrious Nicholson
Virginia 
CBJalen Ramsey
Florida State 
Maurice Canady
Virginia 
D.J. White
Georgia Tech 
Chuck Clark (CB/S)
Virginia Tech 
SQuin Blanding
Virginia 
Deon Bush
Miami 
DeVon Edwards
Duke 
Ryan Janvion
Wake Forest 
SJeremy Cash
Duke 
Jamal Golden
Georgia Tech 
Josh Harvey-Clemons
Louisville 
Artie Burns (CB)
Miami 
 First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
KRoberto Aguayo
Florida State 
Ross Martin
Duke 
Ammon Lakip
Clemson 
Ian Frye
Virginia 
PAlex Kinal
Wake Forest 
Will Monday
Duke 
Riley Dixon
Syracuse 
Justin Vogel
Miami 
KRMyles Willis
Boston College 
DeVon Edwards
Duke 
Tyler Boyd
Pittsburgh 
Kermit Whitfield
Florida State 
PRTyler Boyd
Pittsburgh 
Ryan Switzer
North Carolina 
Greg Stroman
Virginia Tech 
Sherman Alston
Boston College 

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 All-ACC Team
 FirstSecondThirdFourth
Boston College
Offense: 0
Defense: 0 
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1 
Defense: 1 
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1 
​Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
​Sp. Teams: 1
Clemson
Offense: 2
Defense: 0 
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1 
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2 
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 0 
Sp. Teams: 0
Duke
Offense: 1
Defense: 1 
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0 
Sp. Teams: 3
Offense: 1 
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0 
Sp. Teams: 0
Florida State
Offense: 2 
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1 
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams:  0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 1
Georgia Tech
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2 
Defense: 2 
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Louisville
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Miami
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 1
North Carolina
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1 
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 5
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
NC State
Offense: 0 
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 0 
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Pittsburgh
Offense: 3
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Syracuse
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0 
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Virginia
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 1
Virginia Tech
Offense: 2
Defense: 4
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Wake Forest
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0

* Player selections were done before Clemson's Isaiah Battle left for the supplemental draft and Duke's Kelby Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury.

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After a career-worst 85 on Saturday at the Memorial, followed by the spectacle of a solo round as the last-place player in an odd-numbered field, it's clearer than ever that all is not well at Team Tiger. The game's formerly transcendent superstar doesn't look ready for a Saturday scramble at the local muni, much less the U.S. Open in a couple weeks. So what's at the bottom of Tiger's seemingly bottomless well of problems?

 

Athlon polled a number of golf insiders earlier this year on this very question: Are Tiger's problems primarily physical or mental?

 

Participants

Jay Coffin, Editorial Director, Golf Channel, @JayCoffinGC

Jason Deegan, Senior Staff Writer and Golf Advisor with The Golf Channel online, @WorldGolfer

Steve DiMeglio, USA Today, @Steve_DiMeglio

Bob Harig, ESPN, @BobHarig

Dan Jenkins, Author, Golf Digest Contributor, @danjenkinsgd

Garrett Johnston, Golf journalist, @JohnstonGarrett

Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, Sports on Earth Contributor, @DaveKindred

Alex Miceli, Senior Writer, Golfweek, @alexmiceli

Dan O’Neill, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dave Shedloski, Golf World, @DaveShedloski

Art Spander, Global Golf Post, @artspander

 

Are Tiger's problems mental or physical?
Mental       4
Physical    1
Both          6

 

Comments
• Started mental as the scandals ended his aura of invincibility and led to a loss of confidence in every aspect of his life, even the swing.

 

• He's worn out between the ears after nearly two decades of carrying the game on his shoulders.

 

• Mental. Everybody but him seems to know it.

 

• It's 90 percent in his head and 50 percent physical. Yeah, the math doesn't add up, but that's how I see it.

 

• He will never be 100% healthy physically, but his mental game pulled him through. Now with his mental game in flux his game in general is substandard.

 

• He’s in a vicious circle right now. He needs to play a lot of golf to get out of his funk, but his body isn't healthy enough to do that.  

 

• Based on his play this year, he obviously has some confidence issues. He admits to being less focused than he was in the past and his physical problems hinder his ability to practice, much less play frequently. Not a good combination.

Both, I believe. If you have back or knee troubles, in golf or baseball (or tennis), well, they are games of swinging. And once doubts creep into the mind, you have what you had in Phoenix, the former greatest golfer in the world  chili-dipping and blasting long. That's a man untrusting of his game at the current time.

 

• Both. His back problems might be better, but he was still away from the game for long period of time and he needs to practice. In the meantime, he changed coaches, altered his swing and saw those problems creep into his short game. For one of the best ever around the greens, it is surely more than physical. There are issues of confidence and doubt that have come along with all the other changes.

 

• Tiger's struggles are more physical than mental. His inability to perform physically is hurting the mental part, however.

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The American Athletic Conference should have a contender (or two) for the top spot among Group of 5 leagues for the right to play in one of college football’s top bowl games. And this league has added stability with the addition of Navy, giving the conference two six-team divisions and a conference championship in 2015.

 

The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project what could happen this year.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the American Athletic Conference last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Related: 2015 American Athletic Predictions, Preview and Awards

 

American Athletic Conference 2015 Team Previews
East Division
 
National
Rank: 
4010972996263
West Division
 
National 
Rank:
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Visit the Athlon Sports Online Store to order a copy of the 2015 National College Football Preview Magazine, which features in-depth analysis and previews for all 128 teams, predictions, rankings and features to prepare for the upcoming year. 


 

Athlon's American Athletic All-Conference Team for 2015
 First-Team
Offense
Second-Team
Offense
Third-Team
Offense
Fourth-Team
Offense
QBGunner Kiel
Cincinnati 
Keenan Reynolds
Navy 
Paxton Lynch
Memphis 
Greg Ward
Houston  
RBMarlon Mack
USF 
William Stanback
UCF 
Sherman Badie
Tulane 
Chris Hairston
East Carolina 
RBKenneth Farrow
Houston 

Chris Swain
Navy   

Hosey Williams
Cincinnati 
Zaire Williams
Temple 
APIsaiah Jones (WR)
East Carolina 
Keyarris Garrett (WR)
Tulsa 
Mike Boone (RB)
Cincinnati 
Rodney Adams (WR)
USF 
WRKeevan Lucas
Tulsa 
Shaq Washington
Cincinnati 
Darius Joseph
SMU 
Chris Moore
Cincinnati 
WRMekale McKay
Cincinnati 
Demarcus Ayers
Houston 
Mose Frazier
Memphis 
Jamir Tillman
Navy 
TEAlan Cross
Memphis 
Bryce Williams
East Carolina 
Charles Jones
Tulane 
Colin Thompson
Temple 
CKyle Friend
Temple 
Deyshawn Bond
Cincinnati 
Taylor Lasecki
SMU 
Gabe Kuhn
Memphis 
OGJ.T. Boyd
East Carolina 
B. Gudmundsson
USF 
Joey Grant
UCF 
Thor Jozwiak
USF 
OGE.K. Binns
Navy 
Quincy McKinney
East Carolina 
Chris Wallace
Tulsa 
Zach Johnson (OT)
Houston 
OTParker Ehinger
Cincinnati 
Garrett Stafford
Tulsa 
Alex Cooper
Houston 
Chavis Dickey
UCF 
OTIke Harris
East Carolina 
Taylor Fallin
Memphis 
Kris Weeks
SMU 
Arturo Uzdavinis
Tulane 
 First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DLThomas Niles
UCF 
Derrick Alexander
Tulsa 
B.J. Singleton
Houston 
Terrell Stanley
East Carolina 
DLPraise-Martin
Oguike,
Temple 
Royce LaFrance
Tulane 
Derrick Calloway
USF  
Zach Wood
SMU 
DLSilverberry Mouhon
Cincinnati 
Bernard Sarra
Navy 
Derrick Luetjen
Tulsa 
Tanzel Smart
Tulane 
DLMatt Ioannidis
Temple 
Jamiyus Pittman
UCF 
Will Anthony
Navy 
Julian Campenni
UConn 
LBTyler Matakevich
Temple 
Nico Marley
Tulane  
Jackson Dillon
Memphis 
Jonathan Yenga
SMU 
LBZeek Bigger
East Carolina 
Graham Stewart
UConn 
Steven Taylor
Houston 
Marquise Vann
UConn 
LBNigel Harris
USF 
Montese Overton
East Carolina 
Craig Suits
Tulsa 
Nate D. Smith
Temple 
CBWilliam Jackson
Houston 
Parry Nickerson
Tulane 
Brendon Clements
Navy 
Sean Chandler
Temple 
CBJosh Hawkins
East Carolina 
Tavon Young
Temple 
Jhavon Williams
UConn 
Alex Wells (S)
Temple 
SZach Edwards
Cincinnati 
Trevon Stewart
Houston 
Jamie Byrd
USF 
Andrew Adams
UConn 
SAdrian McDonald
Houston 
Darion Monroe
Tulane 
Michael Mudoh
Tulsa 
Obi Melifonwu
UConn 
 First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
KJake Elliott
Memphis 
Andrew Gantz
Cincinnati 
Kyle Bullard
Houston 
Austin Grebe
Navy 
PMattias Ciabatti
USF  
Dalton Parks
Tulsa 
Worth Gregory
East Carolina 
Spencer Smith
Memphis 
KRDeion Sanders Jr.
SMU 
D'Angelo Brewer
Tulsa 
Johnny Holton
Cincinnati 
Jordan Akins
UCF 
PRTrevon Brown
East Carolina 
Shaq Washington
Cincinnati 
Hassan Childs
USF 
Conner Floyd
Tulsa 

 

2015 American Athletic Conference Predictions, Preview and Season Awards

 

Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 American Athletic All-Conference Team

 FirstSecondThirdFourth
Cincinnati
Offense: 3
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 2
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Connecticut
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 4
Sp. Teams: 0
East Carolina
Offense: 3
Defense: 2 
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Houston
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Memphis
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 1 
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1 
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Navy
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
SMU
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 3
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
South Florida
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Temple
Offense: 1
Defense: 3
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 3
Sp. Teams: 0
Tulane
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 4
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Tulsa
Offense: 1 
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 2
Offense: 1
Defense: 3
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
UCF
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1

 

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It was painful at times in 2014 to watch and listen to the talking heads of college football try to figure out the College Football Playoff early in the season. Each week, a new, hot team was inserted into the conversation on the back of a win that passed the eye test.

 

More often than not, that new, hot team was from the SEC West.

 

The process began when Texas A&M took down SEC East foe South Carolina in the highest-profile game on opening night of the season. The win shot the Aggies up the rankings, subsequently giving a quality opponent (and win) to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama in consecutive weeks. Before we knew it, some of those same talking heads had Mississippi State, Ole Miss and either Alabama or Auburn — three teams from the same division — theoretically occupying three of the four spots in the College Football Playoff.

 

We now know how far off those predictions were. The question remains, did we learn anything?

 

What I learned was that given the parity of the SEC West in most years, it will be quite an achievement for one of the teams  — forget two or three — to make its way through the division, into the conference title game and onto the Playoff this season and beyond. This doesn't even take into account the uncertainty around the division heading into the 2015 season.

 

Alabama, the highest-ranked SEC West team in Athlon Sports' Preseason Top 25, lost their starting quarterback to graduation and two of the most prolific offensive weapons in the country to the NFL Draft. On defense, they lost one of the best safeties in the nation. All told, 28 players from the SEC West were drafted by NFL teams a little more than a month ago.

 

Related: SEC 2015 Predictions

 

That's a lot of impact-making positions for every team in the division to fill.

 

I'm not one of those people who is going to jump on board and say the SEC West is without a doubt the best overall division in college football, but I'll argue all day that it will be the most competitive this season. On paper, all seven teams have a shot at walking away with the division championship. All seven are in Athlon's Top 25 to start the season and obviously, all seven will play each other.

 

Related: Stop Arguing: SEC West is College Football's Best Division

 

You are talking about a seven-way game of full contact paper, rock, scissors.

 

Few people outside the diehard fans of the seven SEC West teams realistically expect any one of those squads to run the table. I'll personally be shocked if the champion has two or fewer losses heading to Atlanta for the conference title game.

 

And that begs the next question: Can a two-loss team qualify for the College Football Playoff.

 

Given the small sample size we have from last season, I'd say the answer is a resounding "NO." We had borderline pandemonium trying to figure out which one-loss team would be left out of the mix. Looking around the country at how we expect the other Power 5 conferences to shape up, I'd say it would be a shock if three of the four other conference champions finished their campaigns with more than one loss. Taking that into account, a two-loss SEC West champion would then find itself in a marketing war with at least one other conference champion — with the target audience being the College Football Playoff committee.

 

And that's only if the SEC West champion can get past a team from the East in Atlanta.

 

College football is always changing, and it appears that the rest of the nation may have caught up to the SEC — particularly the SEC West — in this new system. The irony of all of this is, trumpeting an entire group of teams as elite over the years may have actually started a cannibalistic domino-effect in recruiting and subsequent on-field competitiveness that ends up being detrimental rather than beneficial in the current state of college football.

 

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Scott is the editor-in-chief of KnowItAllFootball.com, a Big Ten site for Big Ten fans. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.

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The rest of the country doesn’t want to believe it but it’s true.

 

The Pac-12 has elevated itself into national prominence. The Big Ten is the reigning national champion and has added serious coaching cache over the last few seasons. The Big 12 is rolling in new television dough and the ACC is slowly but surely regaining form.

 

But the SEC is still the best conference in college football and the SEC West could be better in 2015 than it’s ever been before.

 

It all starts with the coaching, continues with talent and ends with victories.

 

Nick Saban and Les Miles have a combined five national titles and have played in the BCS title game or College Football Playoff six times since 2007. Saban (.802) and Miles (.780) are fifth and sixth all-time in SEC history in winning percentage and second (.780) and 11th all-time (.690) in league games.

 

Related: Don't listen to Nick Saban, the Bowls are fine

 

Auburn's Gus Malzahn is nipping at their heels. He’s won one national title as a coordinator and played for another as a first-year SEC head coach and ranks behind only Saban as the best current coach in the league.

 

Needless to say, their resumes speak for themselves. But the depth of coaching is what makes the SEC West so daunting. Bret Bielema has a losing record (10-15) at Arkansas but is a hot pick by many as the top challenger to the state of Alabama this fall and he won three straight Big Ten titles at Wisconsin before jumping ship to Fayetteville.

 

Kevin Sumlin has ushered Texas A&M into a new conference with a Heisman Trophy and a better winning percentage (.718) than every coach in College Station since 1928 with the exception of R.C. Slocum (.721).

 

Dan Mullen is doing things at Mississippi State that are unprecedented. No coach has left Starkville with a winning SEC record since Allyn McKeen in 1948. Mullen has led his program to its first AP No. 1 ranking and reached a bowl game in four (much less five) straight seasons for the first time in school history.

 

Related: SEC 2015 Predictions

 

In Oxford, Hugh Freeze is doing things only Johnny Vaught had accomplished. Only one Rebels coach since Vaught (David Cutcliffe) has posted a winning SEC record and only once since Vaught has Ole Miss entered a season ranked in the preseason AP top 15 (2009).

 

The Rebels are ranked No. 11 in Athlon Sports preseason Top 25.

 

That’s just the head coaches. John Chavis, Will Muschamp, Cam Cameron, Kirby Smart and Lane Kiffin are some of the best (and highest paid) coordinators in the nation.

 

Related: Buy your 2015 SEC preview magazines here!


It’s not just the elite-level coaching that makes this league so terrifying, however, it’s also the players. The SEC led all conferences at the NFL Draft for a ninth consecutive year in May and is a near lock to do so again in 2016.

 

All seven teams in the SEC West are ranked in the Top 26 in terms of raw talent. Six of the seven are ranked among the nation’s 22 most talented rosters.

 

This division is responsible for seven preseason first-team All-Americans and seven second-team preseason All-Americans.

 

One could argue the SEC West has the best quarterback (Dak Prescott), running back (Leonard Fournette, Derrick Henry), wide receiver (Laquon Treadwell, D’haquille Williams), tight end (Hunter Henry, Evan Engram, O.J. Howard), offensive tackle (Laremy Tunsil, Cam Robinson), offensive guard (Sebastian Tretola), defensive tackle (Robert Nkemdiche, A’Shawn Robinson), defensive end (Myles Garrett), linebacker (Reggie Ragland) and safety (Tony Conner) in the nation.

 

The SEC West may have the best player at almost every position… IN THE NATION.

 

This says nothing of how this division fared on the field a year ago. The SEC West went 28-0 in non-conference play with wins over Wisconsin, at Kansas State, West Virginia, at Texas Tech, Boise State and Memphis. This division lost a combined 25 regular season games a year ago — four to the SEC East and 21 to itself.

 

Related: Bowl games have no place in the College Football Playoff

 

(Don’t talk to me about bowl… ahem, exhibition games. I won’t count Arkansas’ romp over Texas if you don’t count TCU’s crushing of an injured and unmotivated Ole Miss. The only one that actually counts is Alabama’s loss to Ohio State.)

 

There is a reason that Mississippi State is picked last in the West and still ranked No. 21 nationally. There is a reason that two teams from this division are projected to make the Playoff.

 

This division isn’t the best because of some southern broadcasting media bias.

 

The SEC West is the best in football because it has the best coaches in the nation leading the best players in the nation on the best teams in the nation.

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Post date: Monday, June 8, 2015 - 10:00
All taxonomy terms: College Football
Path: /college-football/wisconsin-football-experience-hype-video-jj-watt-badgers-russell-wilson-melvin-gordon
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Wisconsin has a rich history. 

 

Madison is home to the Badgers, and there's no secret that the city is crazy about the college teams. "Wisconsin Football Experience" is a video showcasing the history while looking forward to the future. It gives the viewer an opportunity to not only learn about the team, but the fans that support it.

 

J.J. Watt, Russell Wilson, Melvin Gordon, and other former Badgers make appearances. Once a Badger, always a Badger.

 

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Post date: Monday, June 8, 2015 - 09:47
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Tennessee fans are well aware of what returning starting quarterback Joshua Dobbs brings to the table. But what about the trio of talented freshmen that will be joining Dobbs on The Hill this fall?

 

Related: Tennessee Volunteers 2015 Preview and Prediction

 

With the loss of three of the Vols’ four scholarship quarterbacks this past year, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones knew that it was of paramount importance to recruit well at the quarterback position heading into the 2015 season. Not only did Jones and the Tennessee coaching staff rise to the challenge, they landed arguably the top class of freshman quarterbacks in the entire nation for 2015. This group is comprised of three consensus 4-star recruits — Jauan Jennings, Quinten Dormady and Sheriron Jones.  In the first of a three-part series featuring each of the freshman quarterbacks, here is a closer look at Dormady.

 

Dormady, a consensus 4-star recruit, was ranked as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation for 2015 per 247 Sports. The Boerne, Texas, native had an outstanding high school career amassing 5,903 passing yards and 59 touchdowns in just two seasons of varsity football at Boerne High School (pronounced Burnie). He threw for more than 3,000 yards, completing 61 percent of his passes in a sophomore campaign that landed him on the Texas all-state team as an honorable mention. A lofty achievement in the state of Texas for a first-year varsity quarterback. This also put him on the map as a player to watch among recruiting sites and coaches alike.

 

Unfortunately, Dormady would miss his entire junior season with a torn labrum. The injury would be a severe blow to his stock as a potentially elite college quarterback prospect, as high school football players tend to be evaluated most heavily in their junior seasons. Subsequently, Dormady would be left marginally rated by some recruiting services, while others failed to assign him any ranking at all heading into the all-important spring and summer camp circuit.

 

Dormady would rebound nicely with a stellar showing on the camp circuit, regaining much of the momentum he had lost following his injury. He would also garner an impressive offer sheet, which included the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, TCU and Oklahoma State to name a few.

 

On June 9, 2014, the rising quarterback would commit to a Tennessee coaching staff that never relented in its pursuit of the once “under the radar” Dormady. He would ultimately go on to a successful senior season in which he threw for 2,893 yards and 32 touchdowns, garnering the status of 4-star prospect, and a reputation as one of the better pro-style quarterbacks in the nation.

 

Dormady possesses all of the attributes that coaches fall in love with in a prototypical pocket passer. Size, arm strength, mechanics, accuracy and pocket presence are all characteristics that epitomize Dormady. He also is considered to be quite polished and intelligent for a quarterback his age, which stands to reason, considering that Dormady’s father, Mike, also was his head coach in high school.

 

The good news is that Dormady was able to enroll at Tennessee early for the spring semester along with fellow freshman signal-caller Jauan Jennings. This should prove beneficial to Dormady in the steep learning curve to which all freshman quarterbacks must adjust, especially in the SEC.

 

Related: Breaking Down the Tennessee Volunteers' Future at Quarterback — Jauan Jennings

 

Even as a freshman, Dormady appears to have a solid grasp of the Tennessee playbook. It does not hurt that he played in a similar offense in high school, and as he demonstrated in the Vols’ annual Orange and White spring game, he also has the ability to read defenses at a level beyond his years. He completed five of his eight pass attempts for 98 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in the exhibition.

 

If there is a knock on Dormady, it would be his lack of athleticism. A somewhat crucial component in a Tennessee offense that has proven to fare much better with a mobile quarterback. Dormady did rush for 261 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in high school, so it is not as if he has zero ability to run the football. But, he pales in that area in comparison to his freshman quarterback counterparts, Jennings and Sheriron Jones, with whom Dormady will compete for the backup job behind returning starter Joshua Dobbs.

 

While Dormady appears to hold a slight lead in the competition for the No. 2 spot behind Dobbs heading into fall camp, that lead could quickly be erased competing against the likes of Jennings and Jones, who are both consensus 4-star prospects in their own right. Jennings is a very elusive and athletic quarterback, who can make plays with his feet that Dormady cannot. And Jones, who just arrived on campus, may be the most balanced of the three in terms of being a true dual-threat quarterback.

 

The bottom line is this; the Vols need a polished passer who understands the offense first and foremost. For now, Dormady fits that bill better than his competition. He already has a slight edge on Jennings, and Jones will be at a distinct disadvantage by not competing in spring drills. Dormady will surely have his work cut out for him, but he has to be considered the odds-on favorite to land the backup role heading into the Sept. 5 opener against Bowling Green in Nashville.

 

— Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McVey is a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan who loves singing “Rocky Top” every opportunity he gets. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS.

 

(Quinten Dormady photo courtesy of UTSports.com)

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Post date: Monday, June 8, 2015 - 09:00
All taxonomy terms: College Football, World Cup
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The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) will make its seventh World Cup appearance at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be played in six Canadian cities (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton) from June 6 until July 5. These are the red, white and blue names to know:

 

Miss America: Alex Morgan

Four years ago, Alex Morgan was the youngest member of a USWNT that lost to Japan in the FIFA World Cup Final in Germany. Then then-22-year-old scored the first goal of the final match — one of her two goals in the tournament, both of which came in the Knockout Stage. But she was not called upon to shoot penalties, as the USA lost the shootout to Japan, 3–1, following a 2–2 draw in regulation and extra time.

 

Since then, her life has done a bicycle kick. She has gone from phenom forward to established star striker, as arguably the face of U.S. Soccer. She has been named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, been a finalist for FIFA World Player of the Year, posed in body paint for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, married fellow Californian soccer star Servando Carrasco and appeared on FOX’s American Idol — where she and Abby Wambach gave host Ryan Seacrest a USWNT jersey, as the “official waterboy.”

 

Comfortable in her skin and firmly in her prime, Morgan is poised to take over the world — or at least the World Cup. If Team USA hopes to bring the golden World Cup trophy south of the border back from Canada, the USWNT will rely heavily on Morgan’s fleet feet to make it happen.

 

Boss: Jill Ellis

The 48-year-old is making her World Cup debut as coach of the USWNT after serving as an assistant on the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning national teams.

 

Solo Artist: Hope Solo

The USWNT netminder broke Brianna Scurry’s U.S. record for shutouts. Solo aims to add to that mark while making her third World Cup appearance as the go-to goalie.

 

Captain: Christine Rampone

The only remaining member of the 1999 World Cup champions, the veteran leader of the USWNT — and mother of two — will turn 40 years old during this year’s World Cup.

 

Icon: Abby Wambach

One of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Wambach has scored more international goals — 178 in 239 matches — than anyone (man or woman) in soccer history.

 

Import: Sydney Leroux

Born in Surrey, British Columbia, to a Canadian mother and American father, Leroux chose to play for the USA but will make her Canadian homecoming this summer.

 

Group of Death: Part II

Last summer, the U.S. Men’s National Team survived the infamous “Group of Death.” This summer, the USWNT has drawn the group with the highest total of combined FIFA points. But unlike their male counterparts, the American women are favored entering the tournament and have a history of World Cup success.

 

Team USA won the inaugural 1991 World Cup in China and was triumphant again as the host nation at the 1999 World Cup, which was capped by a thrilling shootout victory and shirtless celebration by Brandi Chastain. In order to challenge for a third World Cup crown, the USWNT will first have to go toe-to-toe with these three teams.

 

Australia

(June 8, 7:30 ET, Winnipeg)

The Matildas are ranked No. 10 in the world and boast an explosive offense powered by seasoned forwards Lisa De Vanna and Kate Gill, along with rising stars like 20-year-old Caitlin Foord, who is making her second World Cup appearance after making her debut at 16.

 

Sweden

(June 12, 8:00 ET, Winnipeg)

The fifth-ranked Blue-Yellow are led by former Team USA coach Pia Sundhage, the 2012 FIFA World Coach of the Year who guided the USWNT to a runner-up finish at the 2011 World Cup — a tournament in which the Swedes defeated the Yanks, 2–1, in group play.

 

Nigeria

(June 16, 8:00 ET, Vancouver)

Although the Super Falcons are easily the fourth-best team in Group D, they should not be overlooked. The 2014 African champs have one of the world’s top young talents in Asisat Oshoala, the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Ball winner and African Women’s Footballer of the Year.

 

PREDICTIONS

Semifinals: USA over France; Japan over England

Final: USA over Japan

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Post date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 09:00
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The International Olympic Committee has received the petition to revoke the gold medal of Caitlyn Jenner, but decided not to.

 

Jenner won the medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and will still be able to proudly display them wherever she chooses. Fans began a petition for the committee to revoke the medals because of Jenner's recent changes. The IOC Communications Director, Mark Adams, issued a statement to Yahoo on the decision to allow her to keep them.

 

"Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC," Adams said.

 

Claiming that Jenner identified as a male at the time, there is no reason for the committee to get involved. The IOC announced in 2012 that transgender athletes could compete against the gender they identify with, as long as they meet the criteria. That person would need to undergo gender reassignment surgery and legal recognition of their assigned gender.

 

More than 13,000 people have signed the petition, but that doesn't dispute the fact that the medals were won fairly.

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Penn State coach James Franklin has a new and rather interesting addition to his office. On Friday, a fan gave Franklin a taxidermied Nittany Lion.

 

The school’s official Twitter account provided a few images, and Franklin seems to be pretty fired up about the unique addition to his office.

 

It’s been an interesting week for college football coaches and animals. First, it was Charlie Strong hanging out with Tiger cubs at Texas, and Franklin now has a stuffed Nittany Lion in his office.

 

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Penn State Coach James Franklin Gets a Sweet Office Upgrade
Post date: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 16:29
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Oh Jim Harbaugh, is there anything you can't do?

 

While at a camp, Harbaugh felt that simply watching the practice wouldn't be enough, he had to join in as well. Shirtless. The Michigan coach has a "dadbod" if I've ever seen one. Once it's seen, good luck trying to get the image out of your mind.

 

 

 

 

 

Get it out of your system now, Jim. You won't be able to do that in Michigan. 

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Post date: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 14:58
All taxonomy terms: NBA, Overtime
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Jimmy Kimmel's "Lie Witness News" segments expose the truth, or lack thereof, in the streets.

 

This is a special Clippers edition of the segment, geared towards those "fans" who are happy to see the team in the NBA Finals (as opposed to the Warriors and Cavaliers). One guy is even wearing a Bulls hat. Shame. We at least expect him to know what's going on in the playoffs.

 

 

The worst thing about it is that it takes place on the streets of Los Angeles.

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