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College Football's Top 50 Innovations (10-1)

By Athlon Sports, 17 hours 39 min ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Virginia Tech’s Football Schedule 2017

By Jon Kinne, 18 hours 39 min ago
Last year, on the way to the ACC Coastal Division championship, Virginia Tech had a favorable schedule. The Hokies did play two major powers (Tennessee and Notre Dame) in non-conference action, but they drew Coastal foe Miami at home and were matched up against Boston College and Syracuse in league crossover games.   In 2017, the Hokies are not quite as fortunate as trips to Miami...

ACC Wild Card Players in 2017

By Jon Kinne, 1 day 18 hours ago
It is true that Clemson won the national title in large part because of their stars. Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams and Ben Boulware were big producers as well as being leaders for the Tigers.   But it is very rare for a player to arrive at a school as a star and live up to the hype immediately. More often there is a development period before these players become household names....

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 17 hours ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.   When evaluating and ranking all 130 coaches, we established a simple criteria: Everything is considered when ranking head coaches. This is not...

14 ACC Stats You Need To Know For 2017

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 days 18 hours ago
Looking into the crystal ball for the 2017 ACC season, you see many of the same teams at the top of the food chain.   Programs like Clemson, Florida State and Louisville in the Atlantic Division look to be the favorites again, while Miami and Virginia Tech figure to stand out in the Coastal.   But statistically, even though Clemson returns maybe the best defensive line in college...

Ranking the Toughest Games on NC State's College Football Schedule in 2017

By Antwan Staley, 5 days 18 hours ago
NC State needed to win its regular season finale against bitter in-state rival North Carolina to become bowl eligible. Not only did the Wolfpack go on the road and defeat the Tar Heels 28-21, but they followed that up with a convincing 41-17 victory over Vanderbilt in the Independence Bowl.   Now entering 2017, expectations are higher for head coach Dave Doeren and company. While the...

College Football 2017 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
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. Louisville's Lamar Jackson is the reigning Heisman winner, and he's joined by Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker...

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 2 days ago
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. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive and compile a ranking of the top 50 players of the Athlon Sports era. This wasn’t easy. Our checklist contained more than 300...

5 Reasons Florida State Will Make the College Football Playoff in 2017

By Mike Ferguson, 1 week 5 days ago
After winning five straight games to close 2016, including a thrilling 33-32 Orange Bowl victory over Michigan, Florida State is expected by many to pick up where it left off. All-Americans like running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end DeMarcus Walker may be off to the NFL, but there is no shortage of talent in Tallahassee.   FSU enters 2017 having won at least 10 games in five...