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Ranking the Best & Worst College Football Coaches Who Went to the NFL

Athlon ranks the top 15 coaches that moved from college to the NFL since 1989.
<p> Ranking the Best &amp; Worst College Football Coaches Who Went to the NFL</p>

Philadelphia's decision to pick Chip Kelly as its head coach will be one of the most intriguing and heavily scrutinized hires in NFL history. Kelly was a traditional college coach, as he ran an up-tempo, spread offense that most don’t believe will work on a consistent basis in the NFL.

Top 10 Big East Football Teams of the BCS Era

Athlon has ranked the best Big East teams of the BCS era
<p> Athlon has ranked the best Big East teams of the BCS era</p>

The BCS has been in place for 15 seasons and Athlon has dissected the numbers and reviewed the tapes of all six BCS conferences in order to rank the best each league has had to offer. Which Oklahoma team was the best of the decade? Which Florida team was the toughest to stop? How do you rank the Florida State teams of the late '90s? Which Miami team was the best? How about those loaded USC teams? Alabama vs. Auburn?

The debates will most assuredly rage on for decades, but here is Athlon's two cents. Here are the Top 10 Big East teams of the BCS Era (1998-present):

Ranking the Best Quarterback Recruiting Classes of the last 10 Years

Athlon ranks the last 10 classes of quarterback recruits.
<p> Ranking the Best Quarterback Recruiting Classes of the last 10 Years</p>

Recruiting is reaching a fever pitch as the college football machine churns toward National Signing Day 2013. The first Wednesday in February is the NCAA’s version of Christmas morning for fans and coaches alike. Great coaching is the key to winning, but so are great players. If your team has better athletes, generally speaking, it will win the game more often than not.

That doesn’t mean that every five-star is an All-American or every two-star is a Sun Belt third stringer.

College Football's Top 15 Two-Star Recruits Since 2003

Who are the best two-star recruits in the modern recruiting era?
<p> Top 15 Two-Star Recruits of the Modern Recruiting Era</p>

Recruiting rankings are an inexact science, and even the experts will admit that. It is virtually impossible to measure heart, work ethic, mental focus and self-awareness in 17- and 18-year-old kids. Especially, in the face of the most important decision they will ever make.

10 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in College Football in 2013

Max Wittek is one of 10 players replacing college football's biggest names.
<p> 10 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in College Football in 2013</p>

The start of spring practice is still over a month away, but college football coaches have already turned the page from 2012 to 2013. With the passing of the NFL Draft deadline and new recruits coming in after Signing Day, coaches have a good idea about their roster and some of the holes facing their team.

Looking Back at College Football's Top 40 Recruits from 2007

USC claimed many of the top prospects, but the Trojans' future stars were anything but
<p> Looking back at the top recruits of 2007</p>

The top prospects of the 2007 signing class was a cautionary tale of sorts.

USC was the big winner on National Signing Day that year as the Trojans claiming four of the top 10 prospects in one of the final classes of Pete Carroll’s tenure. The top prospects, though, didn’t pan out. Of Everson Griffen, Joe McKnight, Chris Galippo and Marc Tyler, none of USC’s top four prospects made first-team all-conference.

Recruiting: Ranking the Most Talented States in the Country

Athlon Sports analyzes where the best high school football players in the nation are coming from
<p> Recruiting: Rankings the Most Talented States in the Country</p>

The phrase “SEC Speed” instantly conjures images of glory, victory and pride for one region in the country and thoughts of depression, agony and exasperation for every other part of the nation. But after claiming their seventh national championship in a row, the SEC has a right to claim the best programs, players and coaches.

But why is that?

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers

LSU was a big loser from the NFL Draft's early entry deadline.
<p> College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers</p>

The early entry deadline to the NFL Draft is always a nervous time for many coaches in college football. Even though most coaches have an idea of which players will be back for the next season, there’s always a few surprises. And of course, it’s never easy to replace a potential first-round pick with an unproven player.

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