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article July 30, 2014

Staying Motivated

Always searching for more respect, MSU suddenly finds itself in a position where it can't ask for much more of it. The Spartans have used their underdog status as a springboard for years, but can they motivate themselves as the Big Ten's top dog? More»
blog July 29, 2014

A Matter of Perspective

While most of the pay-for-play debate in college sports has taken place in courtrooms or through the media, perhaps what's most fascinating has been the broad spectrum of opinions held by the athletes themselves. At Big Ten media days, that range was on full display. More»
devingardner article July 29, 2014

A Fresh Start

Nothing about Devin Gardner's junior season at Michigan went as planned, and as the quarterback of a messy offense, he's been all but dismissed as a potential star. Under a new coordinator as a senior, though, Gardner still deserves a second chance. More»
top100CFB article July 23, 2014

The Top 100 College Players

In just five short weeks, the long wait for college football finally ends, meaning now is a good time to break down all the top players to get familiar with and keep an eye on this fall. These are the 100 best college players entering the 2014 season. More»
mikegundyOSU article July 18, 2014

Credit Check

There's been a unique dynamic at work at Oklahoma State during its rise to prominence: Mike Gundy's coaching gets overshadowed by the influence of mega-booster T. Boone Pickens. Subverting expectations in 2014 could help shift perception. More»
watchlist article July 15, 2014

The All-Watchability Team

In honor of all the award watch lists being announced, Sports on Earth has put together its own watch list: an All-Watchability Team. These are the college players at each position who are the most entertaining and capable of making highlight-reel plays. More»
secchampionship article July 9, 2014

The Kings of College Football

Even as college football has become a more national game entering the playoff era, regional attitudes have become only stronger. While everyone likes to accuse the SEC of impropriety, it still reigns supreme after after its championship streak ended. More»
CFBbestunits article July 3, 2014

The Best College Position Groups

Given the yearly turnover in college football, it's hard to maintain cohesive star-studded position units for multiple years, but a few always rise to the top as centerpieces for top teams. We identify the best units by team and by conference. More»
anthonyboone_duke article July 2, 2014

Lovable Underdogs

Last year, Duke seemingly came from nowhere to win 10 games and advance to the ACC title game. While history would say that success will be hard to repeat, David Cutcliffe has the Blue Devils in position to play football Cinderella again. More»
dukejohnson_miami article June 27, 2014

An Uphill Climb

Ten years ago, Miami officially joined the ACC, with the expectation that the Tobacco Road league would be dominated by the state of Florida. But the Hurricanes are still searching for their first league title, and that past magic appears far out of reach. More»
jeffdriskel article June 26, 2014

Pressure Rising

Entering 2014, there are obvious places where college football players will be under the microscope. As the season nears, here are the players who will be under the most pressure to become productive starters to propel their teams to greater heights. More»
blog June 25, 2014

A New Way To Consume Sports

120 Sports will feature live, mobile-optimized video programming streaming through digital devices for free, hoping to fill a niche for sports fans. With 30 segments every hour, it will, as its president says, "move at the speed of Twitter." Will that be enough to entice viewers? More»
butchjones_tennessee article June 20, 2014

A Test of Patience

While historically one of the most successful teams in college football, Tennessee has hit an unprecedented rough patch. But instead of demanding immediate results under Butch Jones, for now the Vols have to be content with playing the role of spoiler. More»
CFBunderrated article June 18, 2014

College Football's Most Underrated

The scope of college football is so large that it's easy for good players to get lost in the shuffle. Whether it's because they're a star player on a bad team or some other reason, these are the players deserving of more time in the national spotlight. More»
allbreakoutteam2014 article June 11, 2014

The College Football Breakout Team

The current college football landscape presents ample opportunities for young players to emerge as stars. We especially saw it the last two years with Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel, and now a new cast of breakout players will emerge in 2014. More»
connorcook article June 6, 2014

Ready For More

Michigan State fans have gotten used to disappointment, so it would be only natural to assume that last year's unexpected turnaround and Rose Bowl win were just flukes. Here's why there's still good reason to be optimistic about next season. More»
transferQBs article June 3, 2014

Old Faces, New Places

Thanks to the graduate transfer rule and decreased patience, college football's transfer market keeps getting bigger and better. While not everyone can duplicate Russell Wilson's success, these transfer QBs are ready to make an impact in 2014. More»
melvingordon article May 30, 2014

A New Dimension

Wisconsin's offense remains the same type of power football we've always expected out of the Big Ten, but that doesn't mean it's boring. In fact, thanks to the presence of Melvin Gordon, the Badgers have the most explosive runner in the nation. More»
breakoutCFBteams2014 article May 28, 2014

The Next Step

We know which usual suspects -- Alabama, Florida State -- will likely finish the 2014 season high in the rankings. But there are always unexpected surprises. So let's gaze into the future and parse college football's potential risers for who might crash the top 25. More»
braxtonmiller article May 22, 2014

Balancing Act

Few quarterbacks in recent history have been asked to run as much in their careers as Braxton Miller. But with its star coming off shoulder surgery, Ohio State will have to strike an appropriate balance in leaning on Miller to win a championship. More»

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