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College Football 2017 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day ended with a familiar face at the top of the team recruiting rankings: Alabama. The Crimson Tide claimed the recruiting national championship for the seventh consecutive season with a clean sweep at the top of the four scouting services. Nick Saban reeled in six five-star prospects and 18 four-star recruits to claim another title on...

NFL Scouting Combine Watch: Zach Banner

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 6 days ago
When you sit down to watch the NFL Scouting Combine next month, do not adjust your television. That's not the next WWE superstar on your screen. It's USC offensive lineman Zach Banner.   Banner is a physical freak, standing 6-foot-8 and weighing in at 375 pounds — give or take what he had to eat that day. And yes, despite playing offensive tackle in college, he'll enter...

National Signing Day 2017 Predictions: Where Will the Top Recruits Sign?

By Ryan Wright, 2 weeks 6 days ago
National Signing Day is the most anticipated day of the year for high school and college football fans who track the recruiting process. All are eager to see which school earned their favorite player’s commitment and how respective collegiate programs may have set a path for future success. Each year brings a different level of anticipation with players making a last-minute flip from one...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2017?

By Matt Fortuna, 3 weeks 3 hours ago
As college football programs sign new future star quarterbacks while faces we became familiar with move on to the NFL, it is time to figure out just where all of this talent comes from.   For the third year in a row, Athlon Sports has tracked the roots of every projected starting quarterback for the upcoming season in the Power Five conferences, along with BYU and Notre Dame.  ...

College Football's 2017 Recruiting All-Name Team

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 hours ago
National Signing Day typically happens on the first Wednesday in February every year, but perhaps it should be moved to December 25 since it essentially represents Christmas for college football head coaches across the nation. All of the hard work and long hours put in by the coaching staffs will finally bear fruit as high school seniors and a handful of junior college prospects will make...

12 Toughest Players to Replace in the Pac-12 in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 4 days ago
College football follows a specific life cycle. A new cycle begins in just a few days from the publication of this article with 2017 National Signing Day. The new wave of incoming talent onto the landscape replaces those athletes exiting.    Replacing players so frequently contributes to the excitement and unpredictability of the sport. It also makes the task coaching staff face...

What Went Wrong for Oregon in 2016 and How to Fix the Ducks

By Matt Fortuna, 3 weeks 4 days ago
There are surprise teams every college football season, on both the good and the bad end of things. The 2016 season seemed particularly heavy on the bad end, with a number of highly-touted teams in the preseason — or teams that were coming off strong ‘15 campaigns — falling flat on their faces and missing out on bowl games.   We’ll be taking a look at some of...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new coach doesn’t necessarily guarantee long-term success, but it’s...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days ago
The 2017 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players left for the NFL, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. That...

Early Look at the Top Heisman Trophy Contenders for 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 weeks 3 hours ago
For better or worse, college football's Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in team sports, drawing hype and controversy from the beginning of the season till the end. Lamar Jackson won it last year, but that didn’t stop the annual “Heisman remorse” storyline from taking hold after runner-up Deshaun Watson tore through the postseason — despite...