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Top 10 Pac-12 Running Backs of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the best Pac-12 running backs of the BCS Era.
Top 10 Pac-12 Running Backs of the BCS Era

The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.

The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the biggest, hand in the unprecedented growth of college football over the last two decades.

College Basketball Key Stats of the Week

Offensive numbers are on the rise for most
College Basketball Key Stats of the Week: Feb. 11

No one is going to confuse today’s game with Paul Westphal’s Loyola Marymount teams, but the tide may be turning.

Scoring had been creeping lower and lower in recent years, to a point where the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee hoped an emphasis on calling hand checking and reinterpreting the block/charge would open up the game.

The returns so far indicate scoring is up, in part because of more free throws and improved efficiency.

NASCAR Media Roundtable: Grading the performance of the Gen-6 car

The second in a nine-part feature addressing the biggest issues in NASCAR entering 2014
As part of the 2014 NASCAR season preview, Athlon Sports sits down with seven of the sport's leading journalists to grade the Gen-6 race car that was introduced to the Sprint Cup Series in 2013.

Each day from mid-February through late November, a small band of motorsports journalists work nearly around the clock — this being the digital age — to keep rabid NASCAR fans as up-to-the-second informed as possible. Many of these media members are ensconced in the sport’s “traveling circus,” working in garage areas, media centers and pressboxes nearly 40 weeks a year. So who better to go to for a “state of the sport” talk than them?

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Danica Patrick

Danica looks to rebound from disastrous 2013 and into expanded NASCAR Chase field
Danica Patrick joins teammates Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick at powerhouse Stewart-Haas Racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit in 2014.

Have the GoDaddy domains been taken for “disappointing.com,” “overrated.org” and “myboyfriendkickedmybuttforrookieof…” OK, you get the picture. Danica Patrick’s rookie year on the Sprint Cup circuit peaked early, with a pole at the Daytona 500 and her only top-10 finish (eighth). She led five laps that day, and believe it or not, that was the last time she was up front for a Cup race.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Tony Stewart

Stewart ready to return from injury-ridden 2013; Chase fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup title
Tony Stewart will return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing for the first time since August 2013 at Daytona International Speedway.

Tony Stewart has an impeccable résumé. He’s an IndyCar Series champion, coming within a whisker of an Indy 500 victory. He’s a three-time NASCAR Cup champion, the only driver who can lay claim to a “Winston Cup,” “Nextel Cup” and “Sprint Cup” title. He’s currently tied for 13th on NASCAR’s all-time wins list with 48 Cup trophies on his shelf. Stewart is, without a doubt, one of the best drivers ever to grace North American motorsports.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Kevin Harvick

Harvick looks to continue NASCAR success at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014
After a 13-year tenure at Richard Childress Racing, Kevin Harvick transitions to Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a dozen years since Kevin Harvick, at age 25, was thrust into the NASCAR spotlight, handed the impossible task of mending broken hearts just days after the death of Dale Earnhardt. Harvick rose to the challenge, winning two races in 2001 and propelling himself into the top 10 in points as a rookie, despite a temper that would plague him in the early part of his career. A roller-coaster relationship with team owner Richard Childress, built in the midst of tragedy, was often tempestuous in public.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Kurt Busch

Busch given another chance at Cup success at Stewart-Haas Racing
Can Kurt Busch co-exist with new teammates Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick at Stewart-Haas Racing? The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season will answer that question.

At first glance, Kurt Busch’s move to Stewart-Haas Racing after a season at single-car Furniture Row Racing would seem like the driver won the lottery. Busch, a former series champion, took FRR all the way to the Chase in 2013, and despite not winning a race, finished inside the top 10 in points with a season-long 14.7-place average finish. It was the first time a single-car team made the postseason under NASCAR’s Chase format, with Busch earning more top 5s in one season (11) than the team accrued during its last eight years of existence.

Iowa State's Melvin Ejim named Athlon Sports Player of the Week

Kansas State's Marcus Foster is the week's top freshman
Iowa State's Melvin Ejim named Athlon Sports Player of the Week

At the end of January, Iowa State appeared to be falling back to earth after a 14-game wining streak to start the season.

After a 2-4 swoon, the Cyclones may be playing some of their best basketball of the season thanks in part to the play of Melvin Ejim.

Ejim set a Big 12 record with 48 points in an 84-69 win over TCU on Saturday, earning Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors. By adding 18 rebounds, Ejim joined Blake Griffin and Michael Beasley as the only three players to have 40 points and 15 boards in a game in Big 12 history.

Top 10 Big Ten Running Backs of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the best Big Ten running backs of the BCS Era.
Top 10 Big Ten Running Backs of the BCS Era

The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.

The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the biggest, hand in the unprecedented growth of college football over the last two decades.

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