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College Football Countdown: No. 90 Steve Emtman

Eighteen years before Ndamukong Suh made his push for the Heisman Trophy, Washington Huskies star defensive tackle Steve Emtman built an equally compelling case for the nation’s top, individual honor. Emtman didn’t win; like Suh, he finished fourth in the final balloting. However, he capped the 1991 season with the prize that matters the most: […]

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American Athletic Preview 2016: Ranking The Nonconference Games

CFB Huddle’s American Athletic Preview Week turns focus outside the AAC and to the ACC, Big 12, Mountain West, MAC. From these conferences come opponents in some of the AAC’s most promising non-league dates. Nonconference play contributed to the positive perception of the American a year ago: Houston’s defeats of Louisville and Vanderbilt, Memphis routing […]

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Baylor Football and Society’s Sports Addiction

There are times covering sports when I just question their purpose. The Baylor football rape scandal, which Thursday cost Art Briles his head coaching job, is one such instance. Too much cultural importance is assigned to trivial pursuits. Read any pop culture blog — or hell, even many reputable news outlets — and take in […]

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American Athletic Preview: All AAC Defense 2016

Tyler Matakevich rose from All AAC Defense to national defensive player of the year last season. The Temple Owls linebacker is NFL-bound, leaving a spot for another American Athletic defensive standout to reach the pinnacle this year. ALL-AAC 2016 DEFENSE Among the great stories of the American’s rise a season ago: Temple’s emergence. The Owls […]

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College Football Countdown: No. 93 Ndamukong Suh

A defense-only player has never won the Heisman Trophy in its eight decades of existence. Ndamukong Suh probably should have, though. Mark Ingram played a key role in Alabama’s first national championship run since 1992, but his nomination to the Heisman always felt like a conciliatory measure; there were four worthy nominees, but Ingram played […]

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American Athletic Preview: All AAC Offense 2016

The Preseason All AAC nominees spotlighted as part of the CFB Huddle season preview series may not include many household names — not yet, anyway. But the emergence of stars like Keenan Reynolds and Paxton Lynch a season ago proved the star power residing in the American Athletic Conference. This year’s crop is rife with […]

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Pitt Has A Top Backfield with James Conner Back

James Conner tweeted Monday of his victory over Hodgkin lymphoma, taking the biggest step toward fulfilling Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi’s guarantee the running back will play in 2016. God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!! Been a long road but God had my back. Thanks everyone who said […]

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American Athletic Conference Preview 2016: Prologue

Teams from around the American Athletic Conference last season adopted #AmericanRising, a Twitter hashtag that perfectly described the state of the league’s football in 2015. Commissioner Mike Aresco’s declaration at AAC Media Days in August that the league was striving to make the Power Five the Power Six essentially called the American’s shot. American teams […]

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College Football Countdown: No. 96 Danny Stubbs

The U founded much of its tradition in the 1980s through the 2000s on outstanding defensive line play. Danny Stubbs set the precedent for Hurricanes to follow like Warren Sapp, Jerome McDougle and Dwayne Johnson with his intimidating presence and unrelenting activity. Danny Stubbs represents Day 96 on the CFB Huddle College Football Countdown 2016, […]

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College Football Countdown: No. 98 Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor may not be the most famous or celebrated No. 98 — that honor belongs to Michigan great Tom Harmon, the 1940 Heisman Trophy, whose jersey gained new-found attention in 2013 when Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner brought it out of retirement. Lawrence Taylor is the more famous football player, however, and he launched onto […]