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10 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in College Football for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
Attrition and finding replacements are a key part of any college football offseason. A coaching staff may find answers through the junior college ranks for a quick fix, or they may feel comfortable with a replacement that’s been on the roster waiting for his turn to step into the starting lineup. Regardless of how the player is replaced, all-conference and All-America talent departs every...

Recruiting Analysis: What was the Best QB Class Since 2002?

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 days ago
Not every recruiting class is created equal. Depending on the state, region or position, each recruiting cycle offers different areas of strengths or weaknesses. A quick examination of the most important position on the field during the modern era of football recruiting (2002) makes this painfully obvious. Every team needs a quality signal-caller to compete for championships but not...

Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2010 Re-Ranked

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 days ago
Recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is the lifeblood of the sport. But recruiting, just like the NFL Draft, is an inexact science. Five-star prospects have a significantly better shot at landing on All-American teams or getting drafted than two-star prospects. But busts and overlooked talents are a natural and inherent part of the process — just like the NFL Draft. So Athlon Sports...

5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in Pac-12 for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
Attrition and finding replacements are a key part of any college football offseason. A coaching staff may find answers through the junior college ranks for a quick fix, or they may feel comfortable with a replacement that’s been on the roster waiting for his turn to step into the starting lineup. Regardless of how the player is replaced, all-conference and All-America talent departs every...

Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2011 Re-Ranked

By Braden Gall, 1 month 4 days ago
Recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is the lifeblood of the sport. But recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is an inexact science. Five-star prospects have a significantly better shot at landing on All-America teams or getting drafted than two-star prospects. But busts and overlooked talents are a natural and inherent part of the process — just like the NFL Draft. So Athlon Sports re...

Recruiting Analysis: Where do the best football players come from?

By Braden Gall, 1 month 5 days ago
Don’t listen to the old guard. Recruiting rankings matter. Landing an elite class isn’t a guarantee of future success, as coaching, development and plenty of luck are all needed to win a national title. But having the best players is the best way to start. A huge reason why Ohio State rolled through the Big Ten and then Oregon was superior talent. The Buckeyes had...

Where Did College Football Find its Starting Quarterbacks for 2015?

By Braden Gall, 1 month 6 days ago
Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley and Jameis Winston are gone, leaving massive voids at three power programs. With another year of turnover under center comes another year of new faces in new places.So Athlon Sports takes its best shot at projecting each of the Power 5 programs starting quarterback for 2015, and most importantly, where they came from. As National Signing Day approaches,...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
College football’s coaching carousel for the 2014-15 season has finished and only 14 programs changed coaches. The 14 changes among FBS programs is the lowest mark since the 2006 season (11). After at least 21 teams changed coaches from 2009-13, there’s a period of stability settling into the coaching ranks. However, the drop in changes isn’t expected to last forever.Most...

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Breaking down the 14 new head coaches

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
 Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan breakdown all 14 new head coaches in FBS college football. The guys rank their favorite (and least favorite) hires and analyze all of the newest trends in coaching in this sideline extravaganza. Tom Herman vs. Chad Morris? Will Mike Riley win enough at Nebraska? Is Gary Andersen a home run at Oregon State? How many nice things can the...

Early Pac-12 Football Predictions for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
College football’s 2014 season has ended, and the focus shifts from the national championship picture to signing day, spring practice and early preseason rankings for 2015. While last year and Ohio State’s national title victory over Oregon is still fresh in our minds, it’s never too early to think about next season. The Pac-12 has moved up the ladder in college football...