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Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 7 hours ago
With Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, Gary Patterson at TCU, Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and Bill Snyder at Kansas State, the Big 12 is home to some of college football's top coaches. And the depth in the league improved over the offseason, as Texas hired Tom Herman to replace Charlie Strong, and Baylor hired Matt Rhule as the program's new full-time coach after an interim year under Jim Grobe....

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 9 hours ago
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus. The question for national title-aspiring programs remains: Do you schedule down in the non-conference and hope to pile...

Big 12’s Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 3 days ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

Top 25 Big 12 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 2 days ago
A grand total of 14 players from the Big 12 were selected in last weekend’s NFL draft, so a top 25 list for next season seems like either overkill or wishful thinking.   Frankly, a few of the names below are serious reaches – especially the underclassmen. That being said, the quality quotient of those likely to hear their names called appears high. It wouldn’t...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

Ranking the Big 12’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 1 day ago
The big question about the difficulty of Big 12 teams’ schedules this year: Where do you play Oklahoma?   The Big 12’s round-robin approach creates a high degree of uniformity among its members’ individual schedules. Some, such as Texas, stand out for their non-conference commitments. However, with the Sooners coming off back-to-back league championships, traveling...

West Virginia Mountaineers 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Jeremy Simon, 1 month 2 weeks ago
As the West Virginia Mountaineers look to continue upon last season’s success they will have to do it with some new faces both on the field and on the sidelines.   Head coach Dana Holgorsen, for the first time since taking the helm at West Virginia, is conceding play-calling duties to Jake Spavital, who rejoins the Mountaineers after stints at Texas A&M and Cal.   Also...

Texas Longhorns 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 2 weeks ago
As Texas has stumbled through the better part of a decade, the Longhorns haven’t made things any easier on themselves with their scheduling philosophy.   In addition to the annual Big 12 round robin, UT annually loads up in the non-conference slate. With dates against USC and Maryland, this season is no exception.   Tom Herman can take a little solace in the fact that his...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...

Ranking the Big 12’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Optimists might look at the Big 12 teams’ three non-conference games and point out that it means one fewer chance for the programs to pulverize a cupcake directional school. The cynics see fewer opportunities for marquee matchups.   Surprisingly, 2017 is looking like a season in which Big 12 squads decided to fill out their out-of-conference slates with quality opponents. Nine of 10...