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College Football's Two-Way Players of 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 10 months ago
Texas A&M legend and Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow, who passed away earlier this month, carved a niche in college football history with his outstanding play at both linebacker and running back. Crow played in the era from 1954 to 1965 in which college football rules banned specializing, thus all players participated on both sides of the ball in a “one-platoon” system...

Meet the Country's Luckiest and Unluckiest Team: Oklahoma

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 10 months ago
In the last two seasons, one Oklahoma team went 11–2 and upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Another went 8–5 and got offensive coaches fired. According to the statistical profile, one of those teams was better and it wasn’t the one hoisting a bowl trophy. Let’s take a closer look. Football Outsiders F/+ ratings are an opponent-adjusted look at per-play and per-...

Big 12 Expansion Isn't Necessary

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Big 12 expansion is the story that won’t go away. On Wednesday, Oklahoma president David Boren said, “I’m advocate of a 12-member Big 12.” And previously this summer, West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons also mentioned he was in favor of expansion. It’s only two athletic directors out of 10, but it’s no secret expansion has been and will continue...

College Football's Most Improved Teams for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
The overall unpredictability of a college football season is one of the main reasons to tune in each Saturday during the fall. While preseason predictions and rankings are often accurate and correctly project the amount of wins for specific teams, each season always brings a surprise or two in the top 25. 2015 will be no different, as there will be a handful of teams that jump into the top...

College Football 2015 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
The 2015 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players from 2014 are in the NFL ranks, but there’s no shortage of talent returning to the FBS level. Athlon Sports released its 2015 all-conference teams earlier this offseason, and now the focus shifts to the All-...

10 Position Groups Under Pressure in the Big 12 for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
The terms “on the hot seat” or “under pressure” usually apply to quarterbacks and head coaches. After all, there’s an enormous amount of pressure on quarterbacks and coaches for any college football team. And needless to say, it’s difficult to challenge for a conference championship or national title if the quarterback play is an issue all year or if...

College Football's Top Transfers to Watch in 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Transfers are a huge part of any college football season. Whether it’s a graduate transfer eligible right away or a player that sat out the previous year due to NCAA rules, impact players are available in the transfer ranks every year. Quarterbacks are always under the microscope in the transfer ranks, and there’s no shortage of intriguing moves for 2015. Everett Golson left...

10 Big 12 Stats You Need to Know for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 year 10 months ago
Here are the most important and interesting stats you need to know about the Big 12 in 2015: 4: Top 15 finishes between 1961-2010 for BaylorBetween 1961 and 2010, the Baylor Bears finished ranked in the top 15 of the AP poll just four times. The No. 9 postseason ranking in 1951 had been the best finish in school history until last year. Over the last four seasons, the Bears have...

College Football's Top 20 Running Back Tandems for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Having two running backs is almost essential for every college football team. While some teams have workhorse options that can handle 275 or 300 carries, most programs want to have at least two (and sometimes three) running backs to split up the workload. The thought process is pretty simple: Take the workload off one player and spread it around to keep everyone fresh. Arkansas has mastered...

Big 12 College Football Teams as Rock and Roll Bands

By Braden Gall, 1 year 10 months ago
Music, like sports, sparks debate, creates discussion and can even lead to heated disagreements. But both are unquestionably a huge part of American culture. So Athlon Sports has decided to combine two of our favorite things — rock and roll with college football. What if our favorite football programs were rock and roll bands? Every Power 5 team will be represented, so if...