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Top 25 High School Football Recruits of 2013

Who are the top 25 players in the nation in the class of 2013?
<p> AC100 Finalized: The Top 25 Recruits of 2013</p>

After over a year of evaluation that includes underclassman combines, spring and summer camps, the fall high school season and winter All-Star events, the 2013 Athlon Consensus 100 is finalized.

Names like Mississippi State’s Chris Jones, Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Oregon’s Thomas Tyner saw their stock sky-rocket in the final rankings while others like Michigan’s Shane Morris watched their names fall precipitously in the AC100.

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.

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.

Top 30 Non-Conference Games to Watch in 2013

It is never too early to start breaking down the best non-conference games of 2013.
<p> The Top 30 Non-Conference Games to Watch in 2013</p>

It is never too early to start looking ahead to next season. Especially now that Alabama is college football’s 2012 National Champion. This season featured huge showdowns between the ACC and SEC at the end of the year, Notre Dame battling with the Big Ten or Pac-12 all season long and a host of other important non-conference showdowns. Each and every year, a variety of intersectional matchups mold the national championship landscape or add a chapter to long and storied rivalries.

Athlon Sports starts marking up the 2013 calendar with key non-conference games to watch:

Early 2013 Heisman Trophy Contenders

Athlon Sports is already looking ahead to 2013 with an in-depth Heisman Trophy preview.
<p> Early 2013 Heisman Trophy Contenders</p>

Johnny Manziel set the college football world on fire this year and it led to the first redshirt freshman winning the award. Johnny Heisman confirmed his amazing season by putting on a record-setting show in the Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma. But is the redshirt sophomore-to-be the front-runner to win Heisman considering only once in 77 years has someone won the stiff-armed trophy a second time. And that was in 1975 (Archie Griffin).

Winners and losers from the 2012-13 bowl season

Not all bowl results are created equal. Some will have lasting impacts into the 2013 season.
<p> We know Alabama took the top victory at the end of bowl season, but Louisville, Jadeveon Clowney and Oregon picked up bowl victories that will last until the start of next season. Other teams, players and coaches weren't so fortunate.</p>
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The 2012-13 bowl season ended with 35 winners and 35 losers, but not all victories and defeats are created equal.

2013 College Football Lookahead: Best Games in Week 1

Now that the 2012 season has come to a close, it's time to get excited for the opening week of 2013
<p> 2013 College Football Lookahead: Best Games in Week 1</p>

Alabama may be reveling in its second consecutive national championship, but college football fans everywhere else are turning their attention to recruiting and spring practice.

Those are just appetizers to the date everyone is really anticipating: The countdown for the 2013 season has begun. This is what you have to look forward to when the season reboots at the end of August.

All games on Saturday, Aug. 31 unless noted. Not all 2013 schedules are complete, so the following list is of games scheduled as of Jan. 7.