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Is North Carolina on the NCAA Tournament Bubble?

Tar Heels' roller coaster season may vex selection committee
Is North Carolina on the NCAA Tournament Bubble?

Syracuse, you’re on notice.

North Carolina lost 63-57 at home to Miami on Wednesday night, the Tar Heels’ second consecutive loss to an unranked team. Meanwhile, Syracuse is undefeated, playing at home on Saturday, and on paper shouldn’t have much to fear from an 0-2 ACC team that just lost to Miami and Wake Forest.

Sit down, Syracuse. Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky have some stories to share.

Louisville Hires Bobby Petrino

Petrino is headed back to Louisville after one year at Western Kentucky.
Louisville Hires Bobby Petrino

After one season at Western Kentucky, Bobby Petrino has been hired at Louisville to replace Charlie Strong.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Petrino, who was the head coach at Louisville from 2003-06. During his four years with the Cardinals, Petrino recorded a 41-9 mark, including a No. 5 overall finish in the final Associated Press poll in 2006.

There’s no question Petrino has baggage. But there’s no one who questions his ability to coach.

In four seasons at Arkansas, Petrino went 34-17 and 8-4 in one season at Western Kentucky.

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2013

Kliff Kingsbury is one of the top new hires from 2013.
Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2013

With college football’s 2013 season completed, it’s time to take a look back at the season that was amd review the performance of all 125 teams before 2014 kicks off.

 

College football’s coach carousel was quite active last offseason, featuring 31 changes among BCS programs. The changes in 2014 are not expected to reach that number, so we may not see another year with 31 teams changing coaches for a while.

The Most Amazing Stats in BCS National Championship History

Athlon highlights the most bizarre, historic and important BCS National Championship Game stats.
The Most Amazing Stats in BCS National Championship History

Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. In particular, the most important game of the college football season.

Some fall on the sabermetric side of things, while others like to keep it simple and use the ol' eyeball test. In the football world, that means total offense, total defense and points scored versus points per play and defensive efficiency ratings. Rational and logical arguments can be made for the legitimacy and relevance of both sides of the stats spectrum.

Breaking Down College Basketball's Last Five Undefeated Teams

Our staff projects when (if?) the last unbeaten teams will fall
Breaking Down College Basketball's Last Five Undefeated Teams

Let’s start with this: An undefeated season in college basketball is extremely, extremely unlikely.

So much so, we’re about ready to call matching Indiana’s 32-0 season from 1975-76 impossible.

Five teams remain in the hunt, though, and that’s enough for fans to dream of the possibility of an unblemished season. We’re not here to squash those hopes as much to bring a dose of reality for the last five undefeated teams in college basketball.

Ranking the 16 BCS National Championship Games

Where does the Florida State-Auburn game stack up against the other 15 BCS title games?
Ranking the 16 BCS National Championship Games

Fans and media critics alike toss around words like “greatest” and “all-time” fairly liberally. I am not immune from this type of hyperbole, as I’ve been known to wax poetically about most, best or awesome-est games, players, teams, moments or endings in the long and storied history of college football.

But Florida State’s win over Auburn on Monday night in the most gorgeous of competitive settings is one of the greatest football games that has ever been played on any level.

College Football's Top Five Teams on the Rise for 2014

Kansas State is a team on the rise next season.
College Football's Top 5 Teams on the Rise for 2014

College football’s 2013 season is officially in the books. While kickoff for the 2014 season is still months away, it’s never too early to start looking at rosters, depth charts and coaching changes for teams poised to make a jump in the rankings next year.

Of course, with a few months to dissect rosters, opinions can change on teams. However, last year’s five teams on the rise article correctly pinpointed Arizona State as a team to watch in 2014.

An Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2014

Athlon looks ahead at the biggest and best games that will shape the college football playoff.
An Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2014


Tune in to the Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast as our staff talks college football every week leading up to the 2014 season.

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