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Ranking the Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Standout quarterback play and high-powered offenses are usually an annual storyline in the Big 12. And with the return of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, that theme should continue into 2017. Mayfield is one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman Trophy this fall, while Rudolph is supported by the nation’s No. 1 receiving corps. The Big 12 has...

Why Oklahoma State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 2 days ago
On one side of the ball, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have plenty of pieces to contend for a Big 12 crown and spot in the College Football Playoff: a polished veteran at quarterback, possibly the best wide receiver in the country, an experienced offensive line and an up-and-coming running back.   The other side leaves plenty to be desired: a leaky secondary, a major loss in the middle of...

Matt Rhule Looks to Rebuild Baylor Football On and Off of the Field

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Matt Rhule was only too happy to talk on a cool Central Texas morning. It was better than the alternative: unloading the U-Haul that had pulled up to his new Waco home just a couple hours earlier. It’s not like he had any help, either. His wife, Julie, was driving south in an SUV from the Philadelphia area with the couple’s three kids and a pair of pets — a dog and a cat....

Kliff Kingsbury Looking for the Right Answers in a Critical 2017 Season

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 5 days ago
If Kliff Kingsbury needs any further reminder about exactly why the shouts for his removal became so loud last year, he need look no further than his bank statement. “We know what we signed up for, and we get paid a lot of money to do it,” Kingsbury says.   That may not make Texas Tech fans too happy, especially those still rubbing aloe on the wounds from last year’s 5...

Top 10 Big 12 Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Non-conference play turned into a disaster for the Big 12 on the whole in 2016. For every step forward such as Texas’ season-opening win over Notre Dame, a giant leap backwards, such as Ohio State throttling the conference champs, popped up.   The tenor of the conversation surrounding the conference could change with a solid showing in non-conference play this fall. That has to...

Texas Turns to Tom Herman to Restore Order in Austin

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 6 days ago
When Tom Herman took over at Houston in 2015, he found it hard at first to convince players, administrators and even fans that the way the program operated had to change — in a big way. What did he know, anyway? Here was a guy who had never been a head coach telling a team that had been 8–5 and had used a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback to beat Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Bowl...

Why Oklahoma Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 4 weeks 13 hours ago
The Oklahoma Sooners are learning to live without Bob Stoops on the sidelines for the first time in nearly two decades.   In Lincoln Riley, OU’s detractors likely see a 33-year-old with zero experience as a head coach. Pro-OU factions probably look at him as one of the hottest coaching commodities on the planet. One side is speculating that the high-pressure job will swallow him...

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 15 hours ago
College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to Texas to take over the defensive signals in Austin. LSU hopes Matt Canada can jumpstart its offense, and Oregon hired Jim Leavitt from Colorado to...

Why Does "The Fade" Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 16 hours ago
Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone. It lands two yards out of bounds, safely out of reach of the nearest offensive and defensive players. You fill with rage. You scream obscenities at...

How Baker Mayfield and Lincoln Riley Transformed Oklahoma's Offense

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 16 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...