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Old Dominion Football: 2017 Monarchs Preview and Prediction

The Monarchs rank No. 90 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Old Dominion Football: 2017 Monarchs Preview and Prediction

Old Dominion didn’t win a division title, but still racked up 10 wins in 2016 including a season-ending one over Eastern Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl. The Monarchs bring back 15 starters so they should be in the mix in Conference USA’s East Division once again, although there are some questions marks for head coach Bobby Wilder’s team. The offense will have an inexperienced quarterback at the helm, but a strong and experienced supporting cast should help that transition.

Kansas Football: 2017 Jayhawks Preview and Prediction

The Jayhawks rank No. 89 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Kansas Football: 2017 Jayhawks Preview and Prediction

Kansas has won a total of two games over the last two seasons but are things starting to look up for the Jayhawks under head coach David Beaty? His bosses seem to think so based on the contract extension he received and Kansas did snap its 19-game Big 12 losing streak with a overtime victory over Texas at home last November.

Hawaii Football: 2017 Rainbow Warriors Preview and Prediction

The Rainbow Warriors rank No. 88 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Hawaii Football: 2017 Rainbow Warriors Preview and Prediction

Nick Rolovich had quite the debut as Hawaii’s head coach, leading his alma matter to its first bowl game since 2010. The goal for 2017 is to finish above .500 and he has most of his offense returning. The defense is undergoing another coordinator change, but there are some players for the new guy to lean on. The schedule sets up nicely, so as long as the key players can stay healthy and the defense shows at least a little improvement, Year 2 could be just as successful as Year 1 for Hawaii under Rolovich.

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.

Virginia Football: 2017 Cavaliers Preview and Prediction

The Cavaliers rank No. 87 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Virginia Football: 2017 Cavaliers Preview and Prediction

Nothing went right for head coach Bronco Mendenhall in his first season at Virginia, begining with an opening home loss to FCS member Richmond. The Cavaliers stumbled to 2-10 as both sides of the ball struggled mightily. Mendenhall has experience returning at quarterback and some intriguing receivers, but the running game is unproven and the offensive line remains the biggest question mark with this team.

Arkansas State Football: 2017 Red Wolves Preview and Prediction

The Red Wolves rank No. 86 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2017
Arkansas State Football: 2017 Red Wolves Preview and Prediction

Arkansas State claimed a share of the Sun Belt championship last season and finished off an 8-5 season with a win in the Cure Bowl over UCF. The Red Wolves have developed into one of the Sun Belt’s top teams under head coach Blake Anderson, who is hoping for a little more support from his offense this fall. Quarterback stability, a deep backfield and tall targets should help, but the offensive line will be made up of a mix of newcomers and reserves from 2016.

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Ohio Football: 2017 Bobcats Preview and Prediction

The Bobcats rank No. 85 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Ohio Football: 2017 Bobcats Preview and Prediction

Ohio is the defending MAC East champion and figures to be in the mix again this fall. The Bobcats return six starters on offense and will likely lean on the running game with uncertainly surrounding quarterback and the receiving corps. The defense was fifth nationally against the run in 2016, but loses the services of the conference’s best defender. The front seven will look different, but has two of the MAC’s best linebackers to anchor the middle and the secondary features plenty of experience.

Purdue Football: 2017 Boilermakers Preview and Prediction

The Boilermakers rank No. 84 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Purdue Football: 2017 Boilermakers Preview and Prediction

There’s plenty of excitement around Purdue with Jeff Brohm taking over as head coach after Darrell Hazell’s disastrous tenure. Brohm has the quarterback and running game needed to make his high-powered offense work, but the offensive line and receiving corps are both inexperienced and unproven.

Western Michigan Football: 2017 Broncos Preview and Prediction

The Broncos rank No. 83 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2017
Western Michigan Football: 2017 Broncos Preview and Prediction

P.J. Fleck is now in Minnesota, but that’s not the only piece Western Michigan must replace from its 13-1 MAC title-winning team whose only loss came to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl. The Broncos also will have to find a new No. 1 target and quarterback, but first-year head coach Tim Lester has one a loaded backfield and veteran offensive line to lean on. The defense is a little more intact and should be led by a rock-solid secondary and strong linebacking corps.

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