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The Complete History of Big Ten Realignment

Athlon Sports recaps over 100 years of Big Ten realignment.
The Complete History of Big Ten Realignment

Conference realignment reached a fever pitch a few years ago and it caused great headaches for fans and coaches across the nation.

 

The dollars and “sense” of conference realignment blazed a path through college football for a few years following the turn of the century, however, teams shifting leagues for greener pastures isn’t a new phenomenon.

 

The Complete History of ACC Realignment

Athlon Sports recaps over 60 years of ACC realignment.
The Entire and Complete History of ACC Realignment

Conference realignment reached a fever pitch a few years ago and it caused great headaches for fans and coaches across the nation.

 

The dollars and “sense” of conference realignment blazed a path through college football for a few years following the turn of the century, however, teams shifting leagues for greener pastures isn’t a new phenomenon.

 

College Football Realignment Winners and Losers for 2014

No surprise: The SEC is a big winner.
College Football Realignment Winners and Losers for 2014

A rocky period in college football has recently passed. Conference realignment seemingly dominated the headlines since 2011, forcing changes in membership for every league.

The Big East and WAC are no more in football, and the SEC, ACC and Big Ten have all expanded to 14 teams.

BYU decided to go Independent in football, while Notre Dame joined the ACC as a partial member.

World Cup 2014: United States vs. Belgium Preview and Prediction

Is the U.S. up to its next challenge - the Red Devils?
World Cup 2014: United States vs. Belgium Preview and Prediction

After Portugal’s 2-1 victory over Ghana, the USMNT sneaks into the knockout round with a 1-1-1 record in the group stage. Belgium, America’s newest foe, is a dark horse to win it all this year. Can the USA earn a decisive trip to the round of 8?

 

League Stability a Boon For MAC Football

Another year passes with little change in the MAC. And that's just fine.
League Stability a Boon For MAC Football

Thinking big isn’t always the best tactic.

Joe Novak learned that much from afar. He was an assistant at Indiana during the 1986 when he watched Northern Illinois, where he had worked for three years, leave the MAC with aspirations of joining big-time college football.

“I don’t know what they were thinking or where they were going to go,” Novak told Athlon Sports in a recent interview.

Texas Vs. Texas A&M: Who Wins the Realignment Scorecard?

The Aggies moved boldly into the SEC, but does Texas still have an edge?
Texas Vs. Texas A&M: Who Wins the Realignment Scorecard?

Texas A&M’s move to the SEC has yielded an upset of the No. 1 team in the country, a Heisman winner and a new identity for the Aggies.

In many ways, the Aggies exceeded expectations by becoming one of the nation’s “it” programs since moving into the SEC. A program that struggled to win at a high level in the Big 12 has reinvented itself as a member of the SEC.

But are we ready to declare A&M the big winner in the realignment rumble in the Lone Star State. Has Texas A&M left Texas behind as at least one columnist would suggest?

Kentucky Speedway needs "Fontana Moment" to rebuild NASCAR interest

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Kentucky
Post-race reaction after Brad Keselowski dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Kentucky Speedway has now held four NASCAR Sprint Cup races since getting added to the sport’s top-tier schedule in 2011. In theory, the potential is there for incredible racing in the Bluegrass State, a place that begged for a stock car arena to be built inside their borders. Aging pavement, the type that’s resulted in side-by-side endings at Fontana and Atlanta, should give drivers tires that fall off. Multiple grooves and varied setups should be the result, causing better racing all the way around.

 

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Closer Grid

Athlon keeps fantasy GMs up to date with a complete look at MLB's bullpen situations
2014 Fantasy Baseball: Closer Grid

The All-Star break will be here in a couple of few weeks, which means the trade winds will start to blow a little stronger. One trade has already taken place, giving a pair of deposed closers a change of scenery. Pittsburgh sent Jason Grilli, an All-Star last season who saved 33 games for the WIld Card Pirates, to the Angels for Ernesto Frieri. The fire-balling Frieri posted 37 saves of his own in 2013, but he has struggled mightily so far this season, to the tune of a 6.39 ERA for his former team.

14 Things to Watch During the 2014 NFL Season

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ quest to get back to the Super Bowl is just one of the storylines to keep an eye on this season
14 Things to Watch During the 2014 NFL Season

The start of NFL training camps is still several weeks away and the 2014 regular season won’t kick off until September, but for all intents and purposes, America’s game has become a year-round sport.

 

So to help whet your appetite for some pigskin while counting down the days until the action returns to the gridiron, here are 14 storylines that will help shape how this season plays out.

 

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