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Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 15 changes, including moves at Texas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 15 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 (...

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
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. Ohio State at Minnesota,...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
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'...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
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...

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

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
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. Appalachian State's Shawn...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 1 week ago
Midway through the summer, the lingering COVID-19 pandemic threatened the 2020 college football season. The uncertainty of the offseason became a season of peculiarity, with some leagues starting in September and others in November. Games were postponed, lineups were altered, yet the campaign persisted.   One way or the other, the 2020 season played out to completion. Along the way, the...

Early Ranking of the 10 Best Games of Week 1 of the 2021 College Football Season

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The start of college football's 2021 season is still months away, but it's never too early to flip the calendar to next fall and start thinking about the games on tap. Luckily for college football fans, the 2021 calendar is loaded with interesting matchups in Week 1. Georgia versus Clemson in Charlotte headlines the opening Saturday of action, but Indiana-Iowa, Louisiana-Texas, Miami-...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The early-entry deadline for the 2021 NFL Draft officially passed on Monday, Jan. 18. Counting seniors who passed on an extra year of eligibility and underclassmen entering early, more than 400 players declared for the next level. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence, Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and BYU quarterback Zach...

College Football's 2020-21 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 1 day ago
The 2020 college football season will forever be remembered for being one of the most unique seasons ever played. But the sport managed to maneuver through varying starting points and cross the finish line with Alabama claiming ownership to another national championship. While there is no questioning Alabama's place in college football, some schools can make or break their image with their...

College Football: 15 Players With Big Bowl Games Who Could Break Out in 2021

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
Just one game remains in the 2020-21 college football season, as the bowl slate wrapped up on Saturday, Jan. 2. It’s hard to read too much into bowl games due to opt outs and the unusual nature of the 2020 season. However, several players had big performances that could carry into the ’21 campaign. The definition of breakout players can vary from analysts and fanbases across the...