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Texas Tech Red Raiders 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Despite the optimism entering the season, the Texas Tech Red Raiders failed to qualify for a bowl game for the second time in three years and sat at home this winter with a 5-7 record.   Simply put, it was the same old story in Lubbock. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense lit up the scoreboard with a high-octane passing attack, but the defense couldn’t make enough stops. Case...

Iowa State Cyclones 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Robert A. Boleyn, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The Matt Campbell era officially enters its second season in Ames with an emphasis on players and coaches alike knowing what to expect, both from opponents and themselves. A philosophy which shouldn't be hard to abide, given how much the 2017 version of the Iowa State Cyclones will look like the ‘16 edition. Youth and inexperience will once again be factors in how well the Cyclones...

Biggest Questions for Big 12 Teams Entering Spring Practice

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
College football teams are stirring once again, as spring practice has begun in different parts of the country. Activity will only pick up as the calendar turns to March, especially in Big 12 country.   Iowa State (Feb. 28) is the first Big 12 team to return to the field with Oklahoma (March 21) and Kansas State (March 29) scheduled to round things out. Even though the Sooners are the...

10 Big 12 Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 3 weeks ago
When the official list of invitees to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine was released, the college football world was abuzz at what a shockingly low number of players were headed to Indianapolis from the Big 12. In total, just 19 alums from the conference are set to showcase their skills for NFL scouts at Lucas Oil Stadium this week (Feb. 28-March 6), and some of the more interesting prospects like...

Ranking the Nation's Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all 130 teams and tournament time is approaching for teams on the hardwood. Michigan State tops the rankings with Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo as its...

20 Redshirt Freshmen to Watch in the Big 12 in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign. A variety of reasons could be pinpointed for the redshirt year, but the extra time could be beneficial to learn a scheme, develop physically in the weight room or help provide some...

Ranking the Big 12's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 day ago
The Big 12 has a deep group of coaching tandems in place at all 10 programs. Oklahoma leads the way once again with Bob Stoops and Lon Kruger, but there is plenty of depth in the next group of teams, which features TCU, Texas and Oklahoma State. Kansas boasts the league’s best basketball coach (Bill Self), while David Beaty enters his third season with a rebuilding project on his hands....

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 day ago
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle. While no hire can be judged accurately prior to the first game or even after the completion of a full season, this year’s cycle didn...

5 Newcomers for the Oklahoma Sooners to Watch in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 months 5 days ago
The Oklahoma Sooners will enter the 2017 season as one of the top-ranked teams in the country thanks in large measure to the return of numerous veterans from last year’s Big 12 championship squad.   Star quarterback Baker Mayfield returns, joined by his entire offensive line, almost every starting defensive back and experience on the defensive line, just to name a few. It probably...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level. Great coaching, support staffs, state-of-...
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