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15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

West Virginia Football: 2017 Mountaineers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
West Virginia put together its best season under head coach Dana Holgorsen in 2016, winning 10 games and finishing tied for second in the Big 12. If WVU is going to repeat that success, however, it will need several new faces to step up with just seven starters returning on both sides of the ball. With former Florida starting quarterback Will Grier eligible for all of 2017, the offense could...

Oklahoma Football: 2017 Sooners Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 1 day ago
Oklahoma returns just about everyone on offense, including Heisman Trophy contender Baker Mayfield, as the Sooners look to make it three Big 12 titles in a row. Mayfield will need a new No. 1 target and the backfield is unproven, but a veteran offensive line should help this attack remain productive. There’s more pressure on a defense that features some standouts, but needs others to...

Texas Football: 2017 Longhorns Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 2 days ago
After three straight losing seasons under Charlie Strong, Texas has turned to Tom Herman to turn the Longhorns around. Herman was 22-4 in two seasons at Houston and inherits plenty of talent that Strong left behind in Austin. However, there also is plenty of work to do on both sides of the ball, especially with a defense that gave up nearly 32 points and 450 yards per game last season. Herman...

Oklahoma State Football: 2017 Cowboys Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 2 days ago
Offense should not be an issue for Oklahoma State this season with quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington leading what should be a prolific attack whether the Cowboys decide to throw or run the ball. The defense returns only five starters, but it’s not short on athleticism and the coaching staff is optimistic about the unit’s potential. Oklahoma State has some...

Big 12 Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 days ago
The Big 12’s 2017 all-conference team features a three-way tie at the top for the most selections. Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all feature 15 picks for Athlon’s 2017 All-Big 12 team, while Kansas State checks in second at 13 selections. The Sooners feature quarterback Baker Mayfield and standout tackle Orlando Brown on the first team. Oklahoma State receiver James Washington...

Kansas State Football: 2017 Wildcats Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 4 days ago
Kansas State has been a model of consistency since Bill Snyder returned as head coach in 2009, as the Wildcats have won at least six games every season and have posted just one losing record. This year’s Wildcats team could be quite dangerous on offense with dual-threat quarterback Jesse Ertz leading the way. The defense must replace Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jordan Willis up...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 4 months 1 week ago
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus. The question for national title-aspiring programs remains: Do you schedule down in the non-conference and hope to pile...

Big 12’s Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 1 week ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

Top 25 Big 12 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 4 months 3 weeks ago
A grand total of 14 players from the Big 12 were selected in last weekend’s NFL draft, so a top 25 list for next season seems like either overkill or wishful thinking.   Frankly, a few of the names below are serious reaches – especially the underclassmen. That being said, the quality quotient of those likely to hear their names called appears high. It wouldn’t...