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UConn Football: 2017 Huskies Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 days ago
A familiar face is back in Storrs, as Randy Edsall returns for his second stint as Connecticut’s head coach. Edsall left UConn for Maryland after leading the Huskies to a share of the Big East title and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl in 2010 and the hope is he can get the program back to its winning ways as a member of the American Athletic Conference. The first place to start is getting...

Tulane Football: 2017 Green Wave Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 4 days ago
Tulane went 4-8 in head coach Willie Fritz’ first season and the Green Wave should be even better this fall now that everyone has had a full year together. This should especially be the case on offense, as Fritz is hoping for better execution of his complex attack, even if there is still some uncertainty as to which quarterback will be running it. The defense returns eight starters but...

Cincinnati Football: 2017 Bearcats Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 5 days ago
A 4-8 finish led to Tommy Tuberville resigning as Cincinnati’s head coach and the Bearcats hiring Luke Fickell as his replacement. Fickell worked under Jim Tressel and then Urban Meyer at Ohio State and is looking to re-energize a program that claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference championship just three seasons ago. Getting back to that point this season will be a tall order...

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
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...

SMU Football: 2017 Mustangs Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
SMU more than doubled its win total (from two to five) in head coach Chad Morris’ second season, but back-to-back losses at the end ruined a shot at a bowl game. The Mustangs are aiming for at least six wins this fall and the offense has a chance to be better than last year provided a consistent quarterback emerges and the offensive line comes together. The defense is the side of the ball...

Temple Football: 2017 Owls Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
It’s a new beginning for Temple, with former Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins taking over as head coach for the departed Matt Rhule. But the changes go beyond the coaching staff, as only eight total starters return, resulting in plenty of question marks throughout the roster. The offense has some playmakers, but the quarterback position is completely up in the air. The secondary...

Tulsa Football: 2017 Golden Hurricane Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Tulsa blew the doors off others’ expectations last season, going 10-3 in head coach Philip Montgomery’s second season. Unfortunately, a lot of firepower from one of the nation’s most productive offenses has to be replaced. The defense returns seven starters, but those that are gone were key contributors on a unit that fared better in 2016, but still gave up plenty of yards and...

Houston Football: 2017 Cougars Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
After two successful seasons under Tom Herman, it’s up to former offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to maintain Houston's upward trajectory. Applewhite has plenty of pieces returning on offense, but he’ll have a new quarterback leading the attack. The defense has one of the nation’s best anchors up front, but was hit hard by departures at linebacker and cornerback. The...

Navy Football: 2017 Midshipmen Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Navy won nine games last season and played in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game but it was losses to Air Force and Army that defined the Midshipmen’s campaign. The focus for head coach Ken Niumatalolo is recapturing the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which won’t be easy with only nine starters returning. But all Navy has done for more than a decade is win so don...

Memphis Football: 2017 Tigers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Memphis has played in three straight bowls as Mike Norvell maintained the success the Tigers had under previous head coach Justin Fuente. Now in his second season, Norvell has 14 starters returning and an eye on a potential American Athletic Conference championship. Memphis’ offense should remain among the nation’s most productive but how far this Tigers team goes this fall will...