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College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

What are college football's top innovations of the past 50 years?
College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company.

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

Athlon ranks every FBS college football coach for 2017.
Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.

 

College Football 2017 All-America Team

Athlon picks the best players for 2017.
College Football 2017 All-America Team

The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks.

247Sports Names Most Irreplaceable College Football Players

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

Ranking college football's best players since 1967.
Top 50 College Football Players of the Athlon Era

The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship.

East Carolina Football: 2017 Pirates Preview and Prediction

The Pirates rank No. 112 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
East Carolina Football: 2017 Pirates Preview and Prediction

East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery’s debut got off to a great start with back-to-back wins. Unfortunately that was followed by five straight losses as the Pirates would win only one more game and finished 3-9 and tied for last place in the American Athletic Conference East Division. The biggest culprit was a defense that couldn’t stop anyone, which necessitated a myriad of changes on that side of the ball.

UConn Football: 2017 Huskies Preview and Prediction

The Huskies rank No. 101 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Connecticut Football: 2017 Huskies Preview and Prediction

A familiar face is back in Storrs, as Randy Edsall returns for his second stint as Connecticut’s head coach. Edsall left UConn for Maryland after leading the Huskies to a share of the Big East title and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl in 2010 and the hope is he can get the program back to its winning ways as a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Tulane Football: 2017 Green Wave Preview and Prediction

The Green Wave rank No. 100 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Tulane Football: 2017 Green Wave Preview and Prediction

Tulane went 4-8 in head coach Willie Fritz’ first season and the Green Wave should be even better this fall now that everyone has had a full year together. This should especially be the case on offense, as Fritz is hoping for better execution of his complex attack, even if there is still some uncertainty as to which quarterback will be running it. The defense returns eight starters but must replace two of the best players in program history.

Cincinnati Football: 2017 Bearcats Preview and Prediction

The Bearcats rank No. 95 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Cincinnati Football: 2017 Bearcats Preview and Prediction

A 4-8 finish led to Tommy Tuberville resigning as Cincinnati’s head coach and the Bearcats hiring Luke Fickell as his replacement. Fickell worked under Jim Tressel and then Urban Meyer at Ohio State and is looking to re-energize a program that claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference championship just three seasons ago.

SMU Football: 2017 Mustangs Preview and Prediction

The Mustangs rank No. 82 in Athon's Top 130 for 2017
SMU Football: 2017 Mustangs Preview and Prediction

SMU more than doubled its win total (from two to five) in head coach Chad Morris’ second season, but back-to-back losses at the end ruined a shot at a bowl game. The Mustangs are aiming for at least six wins this fall and the offense has a chance to be better than last year provided a consistent quarterback emerges and the offensive line comes together. The defense is the side of the ball that really needs to improve if the SMU wants to take another step forward under Morris.

 

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