Big East

2012 Quarterbacks Rankings: Big East

Big East quarterback uncertainty will only add to league instability in 2012.
<p> Big East quarterback uncertainty will only add to league instability in 2012.</p>

-by Braden Gall (follow at @BradenGall)

There is no doubt this is the era of the Quarterback.

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers

Can Iowa State win its second bowl game under coach Paul Rhoads?
<p> Athlon previews the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Iowa State.</p>

-by Braden Gall (follow at @BradenGall)

Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers (8-4) vs. Iowa State (6-6)

Date: Dec. 30 at 3:20 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York City, N.Y.

The NFL Draft's Impact on College Football's Preseason Top 25

What impact will Trent Richardson leaving for the NFL Draft have on Alabama?
<p> Underclassmen entering the NFL Draft will have a major impact on the preseason top 25 for 2012. Which players will have the biggest impact as the draft deadline approaches?</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

Belk Bowl Preview: NC State vs. Louisville

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looks to lead the Cardinals to a victory over the Wolfpack.
<p> Athlon previews the 2011 Belk Bowl matchup: NC State vs. Louisville.</p>

by Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch on Twitter)

Belk Bowl
Louisville (7–5) vs. NC State (7–5)

Date: Dec. 27 at 8 p.m.
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

College Football Bowl Predictions

Athlon's editors are split on who will win the 2012 Rose Bowl.
<p> Athlon's editors offer their predictions for all 35 bowl games.&nbsp;</p>

Bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 in Albuquerque and ends on Jan. 9 in New Orleans with the BCS Championship. With 35 games on the docket, there's plenty of options to keep college fans interested over the next month.

Athlon's editors offer their predictions for all 35 games with a slight twist. The picks were made with confidence points, 1 being the least and 35 being the most. 

The six editors were split on the Rose Bowl, but all are picking Alabama to knock off LSU in the national championship. 

Coaching Candidates to Replace Todd Graham at Pittsburgh

Todd Graham surprisingly departed to Arizona State. Who will replace him at Pittsburgh?
<p> Who will replace Todd Graham at Pittsburgh in 2012?</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

With Todd Graham leaving for Arizona State, Pittsburgh has to embark on its third coaching search in the last two seasons. Mike Haywood was hired to replace Dave Wannstedt last December, but was fired two weeks later due to a domestic violence charge. Graham was hired from Tulsa to replace Haywood, but chose to depart after just one season.

Who will replace Todd Graham at Pittsburgh?

Best Big East Teams of the BCS Era

Athlon has ranked the best Big East teams of the BCS era
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— by Mark Ross

The BCS is wrapping up its 14th season of action and Athlon has dissected the numbers and reviewed the tapes of all six BCS conferences in order to rank the best each league has had to offer. Which Oklahoma team was the best of the decade? Which Florida team was the toughest to stop? How do you rank the Florida State teams of the late 90s? Which Miami team was the best? How about those loaded USC teams? Alabama vs. Auburn?

Athlon's 2011 College Football All-America Team

Baylor's Robert Griffin headlines Athlon's 2011 All-America team.
<p> Athlon wraps up the regular season with a look at its 2011 All-America team.</p>

Putting together an All-America team is never easy and that’s certainly the case in 2011. Several players didn’t make the cut on Athlon’s All-America team, but that doesn’t take anything away from the season they had.

On defense, sorting out the best of the best in the linebacking corps and in the secondary was difficult. On the other side of the ball, Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon was an easy selection at one receiver spot, but the other was a close call between Western Michigan’s Jordan White, USC’s Robert Woods and Baylor’s Kendall Wright.

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2012

If Matt Barkley returns, USC could be the No. 1 team in 2012.
<p> It's never too early to start thinking about 2012. Athlon takes a look at a very early top 25 for next season.</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

(Published December 8th, 2011) Click here to view Athlon's updated top 25 for 2012.