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Oklahoma State Cowboys 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Among the more surprising stats in college football, Oklahoma State has won at least 10 games in five of the last seven seasons. Mike Gundy’s rep these days is all about his mullet, but he deserves more recognition among the elite head coaches in the sport.   This spring, he and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer will turn their attention to shoring up a defense that lost four of...

Biggest Questions for Big 12 Teams Entering Spring Practice

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 6 days 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...

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

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 1 day 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, 1 month 4 days 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, 1 month 5 days 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, 1 month 6 days 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...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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-...

Big 12's Top 15 Players Returning From Injury in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Injuries are an unfortunate part of any college football season and usually take a toll on every FBS team by the end of the year. Several key players were hit by the injury bug in 2016, including a handful of big names from the Big 12. TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin played in too many games to be considered for this list, but the standout playmaker never seemed at full strength due...

College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year....

Ranking the Big 12's Football Rosters for 2017

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Since the University of Oklahoma hired Bob Stoops as head football coach in 1999, the Sooners have ruled the Big 12 on the field. However, their rivals south of the Red River have dominated February. Year in and year out, Texas fielded the most talented roster in the Big 12, thanks to the Longhorns’ annual recruiting bonanzas.   That changed in 2017. OU’s class finished...