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Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

Athlon grades and ranks all 17 college football hires for 2021
Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 17 changes, including moves at Texas, Kansas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 17 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. At the top, it's a close call between the hires of Steve Sarkisian (Texas), Clark Lea (Vanderbilt), Lance Leipold (Kansas), Bryan Harsin (Auburn) and Gus Malzahn (UCF) for the top spot.

2022 NFL Draft: Top Quarterback Prospects

Examining the top prospects at quarterback for the 2022 NFL Draft
2022 NFL Draft: Top Quarterback Prospects

The 2022 NFL Draft is slated to take place from April 28-30 in Las Vegas. While the 2021 college football season has yet to unfold, it's never too early to take a look at which quarterbacks could top the rankings or the wish list for teams next spring. The pool of top prospects at quarterback is headlined by North Carolina's Sam Howell, Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler, and USC's Kedon Slovis. The next tier is led by Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder, Georgia's JT Daniels, Arizona State's Jayden Daniels, and Liberty's Malik Willis.

 

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2021 NFL Draft

Several big-time college football stars did not get drafted
College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2021 NFL Draft

With the 2021 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was a concern about size, overall talent, an injury, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-day event.

 

35 Key College Football Super Seniors Returning in 2021

These seniors are opting for an extra year of eligibility in 2021
35 Key College Football Super Seniors Returning in 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college football’s 2020 season was unusual in many ways. Conferences starting play at different times, canceled games, bowl matchups shifted to different locations, and more uncertainty as to who on the roster was available on a week-to-week basis were just a few ways the ’20 season was unique. However, in addition to all of those factors, last year was a free year of eligibility for every FBS player.

College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2021

Projecting some of CFB's next stars at quarterback in 2021
College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2021

The countdown to the 2021 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. As always, one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. This spot is always under the microscope and could be the difference between winning a conference title or national championship or finishing with a disappointing record.

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

The 2021 season officially kicks off in August with an early Week 0 matchup
When Does College Football Start in 2021?

College football’s 2021 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 28 with a handful of matchups in Week 0. The schedule for that opening weekend could be tweaked, but Hawaii at UCLA and Nebraska at Illinois are the early highlights from the Week 0 games in 2021. The first full weekend of games for next season doesn’t lack for interesting matchups.

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

Examining where teams rank in terms of talent heading into the season
Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

Ranking the college football rosters for the 2021 season provides a unique window into the talent level for all teams and how that compares to win totals, conference championships, and success on a national level. Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or performing at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren't 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts.

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2021

Examining which freshmen could have the biggest impact this fall
College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2021

College football’s 2021 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Alabama signed the best class in modern recruiting history, with Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Oregon, LSU, USC and Texas A&M rounding out the next tier of top hauls for '21. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program looks for the upcoming season.

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2020

Examining which first-year coaches did the best job in 2020
Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2020

The 2020 college football season featured 24 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. UTSA's Jeff Traylor, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, Missouri's Eli Drinkwitz and Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin are just a couple of the coaches getting high marks from Athlon Sports for their coaching performance in 2020.

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