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Big East Football 2013 Spring Preview and Storylines

Louisville is the clear favorite in the revamped Big East for 2013.
<p> Big East Football 2013 Spring Preview and Storylines</p>

Another year brings more changes for the Big East. And if you are having trouble keeping up with the changes, you certainly aren’t alone. West Virginia departed for the Big 12 before the 2012 season, while Pittsburgh and Syracuse are joining the ACC in time for 2013. Louisville and Rutgers will have new homes in 2014, as the Cardinals are joining the ACC, while the Scarlet Knights are joining the Big Ten.

NFL Draft Rankings 2013: Wide Receivers

Athlon gets the fans ready for the NFL draft with position by position rankings for 2013.
<p> NFL Draft Rankings 2013: Wide Receivers</p>

Each year a unique set of wide receiver prospects enters the professional ranks with a chance to make an immediate impact on the country's most powerful sport. The 2013 NFL Draft, held April 25-27, won’t be any different. This group will feature freaks of nature who need to polish their game. It has lightning quick jitter-bugs who will dominate the open field from the slot position. And it has elite, big-framed, down-the-field vertical threats as well. Whatever offense your favorite team runs, there is a wide receiver in this draft for you.

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013

USC coach Lane Kiffin tops Athlon's top 20 coaches on the hot seat for spring practice.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013: Spring Practice Edition</p>

The start of spring practice for all 125 college football teams is a chance to start fresh and forget the bad results that came along with 2012. For a handful of coaches, spring practice is also the first opportunity to turn around a program and save their job for 2014.

NFL Draft Rankings 2013: Running Backs

Athlon gets the fans ready for the NFL draft with position by position rankings for 2013.
<p> NFL Draft Rankings 2013: Running Backs</p>

Each year a unique set of prospects enters the professional ranks with a chance to make an immediate impact on the country’s most powerful sport. The 2013 NFL Draft, held April 25-27, won’t be any different. The running back position has become one of the easiest to find in the middle and late rounds each year. For every Adrian Peterson taken in the first round, there has been a Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew and Frank Gore. Running backs can be found deep in the draft, and in that sense, this is an excellent running back class. 

Memphis Tigers 2013 Spring Football Preview

Memphis heads into its first season in the Big East with a little momentum.
<p> Memphis Tigers 2013 Spring Preview</p>

While the final record was only 4-8, it was clear Memphis was an improved team in coach Justin Fuente’s first season. The Tigers suffered a disappointing loss to UT-Martin in the season opener but rebounded to win their final three games for 2012. After a disastrous tenure under Larry Porter, Memphis has found the right coach to lead the program into the Big East.

College Football's Top 15 Spring Quarterback Battles for 2013

Oklahoma State is one of the top quarterback battles to watch this spring.
<p> College Football's Top Spring Quarterback Battles for 2013</p>

With spring practice getting ready to start for all 125 college football teams, quarterback battles will now take center stage. For most national title contenders – Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Stanford, Georgia, Notre Dame and Clemson – quarterback isn’t a question mark. However, there are a handful of teams that could be a conference title contender that enter spring practice with uncertainty under center.

College Football's Top 5 Running Backs on the Rise for 2013

Pittsburgh's Rushel Shell is on the rise for 2013.
<p> College Football's Top 5 Running Backs on the Rise for 2013</p>

With spring practice kicking off across the nation, the race to win college football’s 2013 national title has officially started. Although it’s hard to learn everything about a team in spring practice, the next few months are a good opportunity to get a look at how some of the open position battles are shaping up, along with how some of the underclassmen have improved since the end of 2012.

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