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College Football's Top 10 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 7 hours ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the next season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Which quarterback could be the next Lamar Jackson or Sam Darnold? Or which...

College Football's Top 15 Teams on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
College football’s 2016 season officially ended on Monday night in Tampa, Fla. with Clemson's last-second win over Alabama. While the Tigers are still celebrating and the party in Death Valley isn't going to end anytime soon, it's never too early to peek ahead at 2017 and examine some of the teams that could take a step forward in the win column or move a little higher in the...

College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 3 days ago
College football's 2016-17 farewell tour spanned 41 games, 23 days and approximately 143 hours — and that last figure is just the length of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.   Sure, bowl season has swelled to ridiculous proportions in recent years. But in the larger-than-life world of 21st century college football, nothing exceeds like excess.  ...

35 Amazing College Football Stats from the 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every week during the regular season, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game. The same can be said after bowl games. While postseason matchups are just one game...

College Football's Most Improved Teams from 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The 2016 college football season concluded on Monday night in Tampa, Fla., as Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 to take home the program’s first title since 1981. While the party in Death Valley won’t end anytime soon, plenty of other programs had seasons to remember in 2016.   With every game officially in the books, it’s time to take a look back at last year’s...

College Football's 2016-17 All-Bowl Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
College football’s 2016-17 bowl season is officially over. Monday night's championship game featured a thriller between Alabama and Clemson, as the Tigers scored in the final seconds to knock off the Crimson Tide from the top spot. In addition to the national championship, the Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State and the Orange Bowl matchup with Florida State and Michigan were...

P.J. Fleck's Presence Adds a New Degree of Difficulty to the Already Competitive Big Ten West

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 1 day ago
P.J. Fleck is rowing his boat to the Twin Cities.   Minnesota has plucked the Western Michigan coach — one of the hottest young names in college football — from the cozy confines of the MAC and inserted him into the wild and underrated Big Ten West.   For the Gophers and the Big Ten Conference in general, this is a great move. It's yet another splash in terms of...

10 Best Position Battles to Watch in the National Championship Game

By Bryan Fischer, 2 weeks 2 days ago
It’s here. After one long and entertaining season, we’re finally down to just one last college football game. While the national title game is always a must-watch affair, this year’s edition is one of the most unique meetings in the sport’s history because it’s the first rematch in the championship game era. As good as Alabama-Clemson Part II will be in Tampa...

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
College football’s 2017 season is still several months away, but it’s never too early to predict next year’s top 25 teams. Alabama and Clemson will close out the 2016 season on Jan. 9, and both teams should begin 2017 near the top of the rankings. However, there will be no shortage of contenders next fall, as Florida State, Ohio State, USC, Penn State, Oklahoma and...

6 Coaching Candidates to Replace Tracy Claeys at Minnesota

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys was fired on Tuesday after his first full season with the program. Claeys guided the Golden Gophers to a 9-4 record in 2016 and was 2-4 as the program’s interim coach after Jerry Kill stepped down due to health reasons last year. While Claeys led Minnesota to a nine-win season and a Holiday Bowl victory over Washington State, there was a lot of turmoil...