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How Baker Mayfield and Lincoln Riley Transformed Oklahoma's Offense

By Athlon Sports, 2 days 15 hours ago
Baker Mayfield’s 2016 season will go down as one of the most effective years by any quarterback in the Bob Stoops era at Oklahoma. His place as a Heisman finalist in New York merely underscored what was evident from an 11–2 season that included the first perfect 9–0 finish by any team since the Big 12 introduced round-robin scheduling.   While Mayfield didn’t...

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 8 hours ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of...

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 5 days 15 hours ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

West Virginia Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Jeremy Simon, 6 days 13 hours ago
Despite being picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 by the media there is plenty of optimism surrounding West Virginia leading into the 2017 season.   Florida transfer quarterback Will Grier has been cleared to start the season coming off of an NCAA suspension and after sitting out last season due to transfer rules.   Grier will have plenty of weapons at his disposal, including...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 14 hours ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 2 days ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

Ranking the Big 12 Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
The Big 12 features a solid collection of running backs at the top of the league, as West Virginia’s Justin Crawford, Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill, Baylor’s Terence Williams and TCU’s Kyle Hicks are back after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in 2016. Texas junior Chris Warren is healthy after missing most of last year due to a knee injury, and he’s expected to...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

Mike Gundy: The Most Interesting Coach in College Football

By Matt Fortuna, 2 weeks 15 hours ago
Mike Gundy may not start the 2017 season as a traditional man. In fact, he may start it with an AARP card.   He is 50, or at least will be on Aug. 12. And if all of these references are forcing you to jog your memory to that fateful day nearly 10 years ago, well, consider all that has transpired since then for the Oklahoma State coach, who embarks on his 13th season as the Cowboys’...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the Big 12

By Matt Josephs, 2 weeks 1 day ago
It has not been a dull offseason for the Big 12, highlighted by the departure of longtime Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. In addition, more news kept coming out of Baylor. Unfortunately, it was predominantly negative.   As for the 2017 season on the field, expect plenty of points to be scored and the Big 12 to get plenty of opportunities to improve its standing and reputation as it...