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Oklahoma State Football: Cowboys' 2020 Spring Preview

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
Oklahoma State enters spring practice in good position for the 2020 season. Coach Mike Gundy’s squad returns 19 overall starters, including quarterback Spencer Sanders, running back Chuba Hubbard, and receiver Tylan Wallace. A defense that improved last year brings back nearly everyone from the starting lineup and is expected to take another step forward in 2020. Oklahoma is the favorite...

Oklahoma Football: Sooners' 2020 Spring Preview

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 58 min ago
Oklahoma opens its 2020 spring practice as the frontrunner to win the Big 12, but coach Lincoln Riley’s squad has plenty to work on over the next month to get ready for the upcoming season. For the fourth year in a row, the Sooners will have a new starting quarterback. Redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler is a heavy favorite to claim the job, but Tanner Mordecai will get a chance to push for...

West Virginia Football: Mountaineers' 2020 Spring Preview

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 month 1 hour ago
Expectations were modest for Neal Brown's first season as head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers, especially given the roster turnover on offense. There were promising signs as West Virginia started 3-1, and later won two of its final three contests, but the Mountaineers finished 5-7 overall and 3-6 in Big 12 play — failing to reach a bowl game for the first time since 2013...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
College football’s 2019-20 coaching carousel featured 24 changes, including moves at Florida State, Ole Miss, Washington State, Colorado and Arkansas. With the carousel completed and all 24 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. Florida State's hire of Mike Norvell takes the top spot in Athlon's grades, but...

Texas Tech Football: Red Raiders' 2020 Spring Preview

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 month 6 days ago
The Texas Tech Red Raiders suffered high highs and low lows in 2019, which ranged from a 45-35 victory over then-No. 21 Oklahoma State to an unbelievable ending in a 37-34 loss to Kansas. The Red Raiders lost six of their final seven games last season, which included a double-overtime loss to Baylor in Waco and home losses to TCU and Kansas State in November — all by a margin of three...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2020 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. As expected, quarterbacks top the rankings for 2020. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields were...

TCU Football: Horned Frogs' 2020 Spring Preview

By Mark Ross, 1 month 1 week ago
Since going 11-3 and finishing the season in the top 10 of the polls in 2017, TCU has taken a step back on the field. The Horned Frogs dropped to 7-6 in 2018 but still made (and won) a bowl game. That was not the case last season, however, as Gary Patterson's team went 5-7, his worst finish since going 4-8 in 2013.   Part of the reason for TCU's losing record last season can be...

Big 12 Football: 10 Most Intriguing Non-Conference Games of 2020

By Mark Ross, 1 month 1 week ago
Oklahoma has represented the Big 12 in each of the past three editions of the College Football Playoff, but the Sooners' inability to win a semifinal game is somewhat indicative of the conference's overall struggles against the rest of its Power 5 peers.   Last year the Big 12 went 7-8 against Power 5 teams (plus Notre Dame), including a 1-4 showing in bowl games. While the...

When Does College Football Start in 2020?

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2020 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 29 with six overall matchups on tap for Week 0. The showdown in Ireland between Navy and Notre Dame ranks as the top matchup for Week 0, but Hawaii-Arizona and California-UNLV also provide intrigue. Week 1 also features plenty of interesting matchups as the 2020 FBS season gets into full swing with games starting on...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
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’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. Additionally, with advances in technology to watch more prospects, along with more offseason camps, the rankings...