Christine Michael

Big 12 Teams Getting Offensive

Is it good offense or bad defense?
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<p> Are teams in the Big 12 great on offense or do they feast on bad defenses?</p>

By Mitchell Light

There’s been some debate in the Athlon Sports offices — and on our web site  — about the strength of the Big 12 as compared to the SEC. Most assume that the SEC, with its five straight national titles, is the nation’s premier conference.

Big 12 Notebook: Week 1

Athlon hands out some hardware for the opening weekend of college football
<p> Athlon hands out some hardware for the opening weekend of college football</p>

The first week of college football action is complete in the Big 12. Here is our look at the week that was.

Athlon Awards: Running Back Units

Oregon's LaMichael James is back for another run as the Heisman.
<p> Athlon Sports ranks the best running back units in college football for 2011.</p>

They're the teams within the team - those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it's the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball - these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.