Charlotte 49ers

Charlotte Football: 2017 49ers Preview and Prediction

The 49ers rank No. 126 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Charlotte Football: 2017 49ers Preview and Prediction

Charlotte doubled its win last season compared to 2015, which is impressive considering it was the 49ers’ second season in FBS and as a member of Conference USA. Now the challenge for head coach Brad Lambert is to build on that momentum while having to replace the core players from the program’s first recruiting class. There are some rather large holes to fill on both sides of the ball, so it’s entirely possible that Charlotte takes a step backward, at least in the win column, this fall.

 

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.

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.

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

Every college football team ranked 1-130 for 2017.
Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of the ball have a few holes to fill, coach Nick Saban’s program is still the team to beat. Ohio State is a close No.

College Football Top 25 for 2017

Athlon projects college football's top 25 teams for 2017.
College Football Top 25 for 2017

College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.

 

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

Which teams are the toughest to rank in 2017?
15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams.

Conference USA Football 2017 All-Conference Team

Athlon projects the C-USA's best for 2017.
Conference USA Football 2017 All-Conference Team

WKU has claimed back-to-back Conference USA titles, so it should be no surprise the Hilltoppers lead the way in selections for the 2017 All-Conference USA team. New coach Mike Sanford inherits a strong foundation, as WKU places 15 players – the most of any team in the league – on Athlon’s 2017 All-Conference USA team. Louisiana Tech (12) checks in No.

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

USC QB Sam Darnold ranks as the No. 1 prospect for 2018.
Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings.

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

Ranking all 130 FBS QBs, prior to spring practice.
College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T.

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