10 bold predictions for the 2014 college football season

With just a few days until the opening kickoff of a new college football season, it’s time to think about what will happen in 2014. Most experts have made conference predictions, listed Heisman Trophy favorites and made College Football Playoff predictions for this year. While those may be some of the more interesting conversations, there are still a few other areas of the sport to discuss and predict.

College Football Week 4: What we learned

Every year, there’s that one week on the schedule that makes football fans sigh out of disappointment. This year, our sorrow fell on the fourth week of the season, as very few games had any relevance nationally.

But, with the negative comes the positive, as the bulk of the non-conference season is out the window and we can dig in to the meat of the college football season.

College football Week 3: What we learned

Things are starting to shape-up in the college football world, as we begin to see teams wrap up their non-conference schedules and dive into the conference slate.

The Bottoms Line College Basketball Podcast: Around The Nation with Raphielle Johnson

In episode #19 of The Bottoms Line College Hoops Talk Podcast, host Andy Bottoms is joined by Raphielle Johnson of CollegeHoopsNet to discuss all the latest news and events in college basketball. This week’s episode features a thorough look at the world of college basketball with hot topics from all BCS conferences discussed as well as some notable mid-majors as well.

The Bottoms Line: Why Aren’t More College Basketball Teams Playing Non-Conference Road Games?

Andy Bottoms recently started to wonder why the notion existed that playing non-conference road games was worthy of special billing. After doing some research this weekend, he no longer needs to wonder. What he found is a staggering lack of road games for college basketball teams from major conferences.

The Bottoms Line College Basketball Stock Watch

Andy Bottoms learns something new each week from watching college basketball. For instance, this week he learned Marquette coach Buzz Williams’ fashion sense is questionable at best. He also learned about some teams and conferences, including the uncharacteristic defensive struggles of Purdue, which he shares in this week’s stock watch.

The Bottoms Line: College Basketball Stock Watch

After another exciting week of college hoops, Andy Bottoms takes a look at which teams are on the rise and which ones are struggling to get out of the gate.

The Bottoms Line: Pac-12 Season Preview, Standings Predictions, POY Pick, and All Conference Team

With the 2011-12 basketball season just weeks away, it’s time to preview the Pac-12 and make some picks and predictions for the upcoming season, including the conference champion and player of the year.

The Bottoms Line College Basketball Podcast: Tim Abromaitis Suspension and Mo Creek Injury: IU’s Secondary Violation; Previews of C-USA, Pac-12, A-10

In episode #5 of The Bottoms Line College Hoops Talk Podcast, host Andy Bottoms is joined once again Rob Dauster and Troy Machir of Ballin’ Is a Habit. They discuss Tim Abromaitis, Mo Creek, IU’s secondary violation, and preview C-USA, the Pac-12, and the A-10.

Realignment in Reverse: A Look at Conferences’ Original Rosters

At this time, when everyone is looking ahead to 16-team superconferences and/or conferences that are geographically abhorrent and make no effort to preserve traditional rivalries, let’s look back at where these conferences started and where they have come.

The Bottoms Line: College Hoops First Impressions – Pac-12 (Volume II)

As I mentioned in Volume I, there is a fairly wide gap between the top four teams in the Pac-12 and the rest of the league. Arizona and Cal, who I profiled last time, are half of that upper echelon. The other two are revealed below along with who I believe will finish in the Pac-12 basement.

The Bottoms Line: College Hoops First Impressions – Pac-12 (Volume I)

Compared to the other conferences, there are fewer top recruits entering the Pac-12 fray this year, and in most early rankings, only one team made the cut. There seems to be a pretty clear-cut top four teams with a number of hardcore rebuilding efforts underway.