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Oklahoma Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 4 days ago
It was just your typical offseason around the Oklahoma football program.   The Sooners were coming off a Big 12 title, their second in a row. A highly touted group of freshmen had just hit campus. Columnists were stretching to find new angles for think pieces about Bob Stoops' Sisyphean pursuit of a second national title.   But what happened on June 7 was far from typical....

15 College Football Teams Poised for a Breakout Season in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
Making preseason predictions or assembling rankings for all 130 college football teams is never easy. After all, it’s impossible to be 100 percent accurate at the end of any season. The emergence of breakout players, injuries, bad luck are just a few reasons why some teams don’t live up to the preseason hype. Additionally, college football always produces a handful of teams that...

6 Teams Ready to Turn Close Losses into Big Wins in 2017

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 5 days ago
Looking back at the preseason polls once a season has ended is like looking at an old yearbook before your high school reunion. I really thought that hair style looked good? And what’s with that shirt? What was I thinking?   I really thought Tennessee was a top-10 team? How could I have believed that Ole Miss and Michigan State were going to be fine after what they lost following...

Heisman Watch: Big 12’s Top Candidates for 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 1 week ago
The Big 12 didn’t wind up having a team in the College Football Playoff last season but the conference was all over the Heisman Trophy ceremony, drawing the rare honor of sending not one but two finalists to New York for the sport’s ultimate individual honor.   Could the same thing happen again in 2017? Given the amount of players who put up eye-popping numbers in the...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. Florida State and Alabama top Athlon's best defensive backfields...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme. The 2017 season...

College Football's Top 50 Offensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receiver Groups for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2017 season features a significant amount of turnover at wide receiver, opening the door for new stars and breakout players to emerge this fall. However, despite some big names moving onto the NFL, there is a clear No. 1 receiver group returning this season. Oklahoma State is loaded with talent, including first-team All-American James Washington, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson and senior Marcell...

Predicting the Big 12's Biggest Upsets in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 1 week ago
Preseason practices have started all across Big 12 country. While a select few schools are angling for a conference championship, or even more, others would take a bowl bid and a signature win or two.   Luckily for the upstarts, the wide-open style of play across the league opens the door for plenty of shootouts – and those track meets always carry upset potential.   Here...
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