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USC Football: 5 Newcomers to Watch for the Trojans

Clay Helton hopes this incoming recruiting class can help the Trojans bounce back following a disappointing 2018 season
USC Football: 5 Newcomers to Watch for the Trojans

USC is a program in the middle of growing pains right now. Head coach Clay Helton is on the hot seat following the program's first losing season since before Pete Carroll was hired. Worse than the losing season, USC spent much of the offseason chasing after KIiff Kingsbury, a saga that ended with a take-it-or-leave-it type of offer.

 

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2019

An early ranking of college football's top 50 returning players for 2019
College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2019

The 2019 college football season is still months away, but the start of spring practice is inching closer for all 130 teams (some have already begun), so it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. Quarterbacks take the top spot in the rankings for '19. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa narrowly edges Clemson's Trevor Lawrence in the early top 50, with Texas' Sam Ehlinger, Oregon's Justin Herbert and Georgia's Jake Fromm all ranked in the top seven.

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2019

Examining which freshmen could have the biggest impact this fall
College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2019

College football’s 2019 National Signing Day is officially in the books. 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. And if teams didn't fill their needs on the recruiting trail, a trip to the transfer portal could be in order.

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2019?

Sam Ehlinger leads Texas' contingent of 10 starting signal-callers with four of them staying in the Lone Star State
Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2019?

If one word could be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape it would be — change. The annual quarterback churn is in full effect as the combination of graduations, early departures by underclassmen, and a rash of transfers means that for the second straight season nearly two thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) along will be new compared to this time last year.

 

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2019

Examining which teams are poised to improve their win total in 2019
College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2019

College football’s 2019 season won't get underway until late August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year.

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2019

An early look at the top 25 college football teams for 2019
Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2019

It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2018 season officially in the books after Clemson's 44-16 win over Alabama, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 rankings for 2019. Alabama and Clemson have played four consecutive times in the CFB Playoff, and there's a good chance it happens again next season. The Tigers and Crimson Tide should begin 2019 as the favorites to win it all in New Orleans next January.

USC Football: Graham Harrell Hire is a Fine Outcome for the Trojans

USC's circuitous route to an offensive coordinator hire landed a rising star
USC Football: Graham Harrell Hire is a Fine Outcome for the Trojans

 

One word to summarize USC football's hire of Graham Harrell, the best possible outcome of a volatile offensive coordinator search? Fine.

 

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2018

Examining which first-year coaches did the best job in 2018
Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2018

The 2018 college football season featured 21 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. The 21 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2017 season, as 23 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a program, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff.

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Pac-12 in 2019

Record-setting running backs leave big holes for two Pac-12 teams to fill
10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Pac-12 in 2019

The Pac-12 looks like an early winner of the NFL draft early entrant pool, with fewer than a dozen underclassmen declaring. The retention of several talented, draft-eligible players offers hope that the conference will bounce back from a pedestrian 2018.

 

USC Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism about the Trojans in 2019

JT Daniels has a year of experience under his belt, plenty of weapons to throw and will have a new offensive coordinator to work with
USC Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism about the Trojans in 2019

USC endured a painful year in 2018, going 5-7 and missing out on a bowl game for the first time in six seasons, but the Trojans were relying upon a true freshman quarterback and an offensive coordinator that didn’t last the entire season at his job. Though the man they hired to replace him, Kliff Kingsbury, was poached by the Arizona Cardinals before he could ever coach a game, the Trojans prove with his hire that Los Angeles is a premier destination for the nation’s best and brightest minds.

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