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The Sun Belt Preview: Crystal Ball Run makes their championship picks

(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) After spending the entire week reviewing the Sun Belt, it's time for the Crystal Ball Run staff to make their conference championship picks! Allen Kenney's Take: Same story, different conference. Conference expansion continues to dilute leagues like the Sun Belt, which makes these projections a real bear. I think the […]

Sun Belt Preview: Crystal Ball Run’s Preseason All-Conference Teams

(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) After spending the last few days looking over the teams that will comprise the Sun Belt in 2013, it’s safe to say that the league won’t be stealing the NBA’s “Where Amazing Happens” slogan any time soon. The conference as a whole has a bit of “Island of Misfit Football […]

Conference USA Preview: Crystal Ball Run makes their championship picks

(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) After spending the past five days previewing Conference USA, it's time for our staff to pick the 2013 conference champion, player and coach of the year. Enjoy! Allen Kenney's Take: If the other mid-major conferences that we've covered have been surprisingly deep, Conference USA is, well… the opposite. Realignment has […]

Conference USA Preview: Preseason All-Conference teams

(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) While picking All-Conference teams in the American, MAC and Mountain West was an overwhelming task simply because of the sheer returning talent, in Conference USA it was kind of the opposite; with so much departing talent- not to mention all the departing teams- it was actually kind of hard. As […]

For Notre Dame, there are no easy answers without Everett Golson

(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) It was a rocky offseason long before news broke that Notre Dame would be without Everett Golson for its 2013 season.  Think about it: An embarrassing showing against Alabama, Brian Kelly speed dating with the NFL, high-profile transfers by Gunner Kiel and Davonte Neal, decommitments from blue chippers like Alex […]

Mountain West Preview: Picking the Pre-Season Conference Champion

(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) After spending the last week breaking down the in's and out's of the Mountain West, it's time for the Crystal Ball Run staff to make their conference championship, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year picks! Allen Kenney's Take: All this time spent studying the Mountain West in […]

Mountain West Preview: Looking at the league’s star players

(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Images) While the Mountain West doesn’t have a true National Championship contender like the American (Louisville) or a catchy nickname like #MACtion, make no mistake, there will be plenty of quality football played when this conference’s teams take the field in 2013. Along with three clubs which finished the 2012 season […]

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