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Predicting the Big 12's Biggest Upsets in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 1 day 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...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 4 days ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches in the Big 12 to...

Ranking the Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 hours 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...

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

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day 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....

Top 10 Big 12 Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 5 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...

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days 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, 3 weeks 6 days 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 the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 days ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...