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College Football's Top 5 Teams on the Rise for 2013

Arizona State, Clemson and TCU are a few teams on the rise for next season.
<p> College Football's Top 5 Teams on the Rise for 2013</p>

The 2012 college football season ended the same way the last one did with Alabama and the SEC on top.

Teams who rose up and exceeded expectations, though, were among one of the major hallmarks of the year.

Ranking Jobs in the 2012-13 Coaching Carousel

From Oregon to Idaho, Athlon ranks the programs with new coaches
<p> Four SEC jobs opened after the 2012 season, including top-flight programs at Oregon, Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee. Which jobs in the coaching carousel are most attractive?</p>

The opening of three key SEC jobs this season -- Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee -- sparked debate within the Athlon office, and, it seems, through rabid SEC fans.

Which job is the most desirable?

It’s a loaded question, for sure. Tradition, resources, commitment, recruiting base, competition level and other perks and challenges all come into play.

Two years ago, we ranked every coaching job in the country in our preseason annual. Much has changed since then, not least of which conference affiliations.

2013 College Football Lookahead: Best Games in Week 1

Now that the 2012 season has come to a close, it's time to get excited for the opening week of 2013
<p> 2013 College Football Lookahead: Best Games in Week 1</p>

Alabama may be reveling in its second consecutive national championship, but college football fans everywhere else are turning their attention to recruiting and spring practice.

Those are just appetizers to the date everyone is really anticipating: The countdown for the 2013 season has begun. This is what you have to look forward to when the season reboots at the end of August.

All games on Saturday, Aug. 31 unless noted. Not all 2013 schedules are complete, so the following list is of games scheduled as of Jan. 7.

Ranking the National Championship Teams of the BCS Era

The BCS just wrapped-up its 15th season. How do the champions stack-up against each other?
<p> Ranking the BCS National Championship Teams</p>

The BCS just finished its 15th season of action, and has for the most part, been a major improvement on the previous bowl system. How do each of the 15 official champions stack-up against each other? Who has the most talent? Who had the best resume? Who played the toughest schedule? And who performed the best on the biggest stage?

Athlon Sports has ranked the 15 BCS National Champions — and there is a decided regional bias to the list. Just not at the very top. That distinction belongs to the Big East, Big 12 and Pac-12.

20 Best Teams That Never Played for the BCS Championship

Who are the BCS' best team that never had the chance to play in the National Championship game?
<p> Best Teams That Never Played for the BCS Championship</p>

It only takes one penalty, one missed assignment or one yard for one loss to end a national championship. The 20 teams listed below came up just short of playing in the national championship game for one reason or another. Sometimes, off the field issues can impact whether or not a team plays in the BCS title game (see Ohio State this year). And in one historic case, a team did everything in its power to earn a trip to the big game only to be let down by a system without a true playoff. 

2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Winners and Losers

Athlon Sports recaps all the action from San Antonio and the 13th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
<p> 2013 US Army All-American Bowl Winners and Losers</p>

For the 13th year in a row, some the best and brightest future stars of the college football gridiron came together in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Each year dozens of elite prospects go head-to-head all week in practice trying to showcase their talents for former NFL coaches, the fans, their fellow recruits and college coaches. The East Team (black) defeated the West Team (yellow) 15-8 on the back of a few big plays from its offense and special teams. So after a week of practice and 60 minutes of play, who are the winners and losers from San Antonio?

BBVA Compass Bowl Preview and Prediction: Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss

Two 6-6 teams meet in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
<p> BBVA Compass Bowl Preview and Prediction: Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss</p>

If Ole Miss players need a tour guide around Birmingham, they could ask their opponents.

Making their third consecutive trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, Pittsburgh players should know the hot spots around town by now. While Ole Miss may be happy to play in a bowl anywhere, the Panthers are happy to make a bowl trip with a full-time coach in tow.

Sugar Bowl Preview and Prediction: Florida vs. Louisville

Florida to cap an excellent season with a win over Louisville.
<p> Sugar Bowl Preview and Prediction: Florida vs. Louisville</p>

Florida and Louisville haven’t played each other during the lifetime of many of the players on the field in New Orleans, but familiar faces will be all over the place.