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College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 hours ago
The 2018 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. Houston's Ed Oliver takes the top spot in Athlon's early top 50 players returning for 2018, with Clemson's Christian Wilkins and Stanford's Bryce Love rounding out the top three. It's a...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Big 12 in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The Big 12 enjoyed a stellar season in 2017 thanks in large part to a slew of veteran stars across the conference.   The picture for the upcoming year looks a little murkier with many of those known commodities gone to the NFL. Everyone from conference champion Oklahoma to cellar-dwelling Kansas appears to be losing key pieces from a year ago.   In no particular order, here are...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The 2017 college football season featured 23 new coaches at FBS programs. The 23 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2016 season, as 28 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days ago
College football’s 2018 season won't get underway until August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2018 version of college football's teams on the rise features West Virginia, Arizona, Georgia and Florida State from the Power 5 ranks, along with Houston, Temple and...

3 Reasons for Optimism About the Texas Longhorns in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 4 weeks 4 hours ago
The Texas Longhorns ended a generally lackluster 2017 season on a high note, beating former Big 12 foe Missouri in a Texas Bowl grudge match, 33-16. The Texas Bowl certainly wasn’t UT’s preferred postseason destination back in August, but capping the season with a win gave the program some positive momentum heading into the second offseason of head coach Tom Herman’s tenure...

Oklahoma Sooners in Good Hands with Kyler Murray

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 4 weeks 1 day ago
It’s never easy to replace a legend, and Baker Mayfield just finished one of the most legendary careers in college football history. The Heisman Trophy winner walked on at Oklahoma after transferring from Texas Tech, and left after throwing for 12,292 yards and 119 touchdowns with the Sooners.   Mayfield also set a school record in completion percentage (69.8) and passing efficiency...

Best Individual Performances of the 2017-18 College Football Season

By Kyle Kensing, 4 weeks 1 day ago
From Baker Mayfield's Heisman Trophy heroics, to Bryce Love ably taking the reins from a Stanford legend, the 2017-18 college football season featured a variety of memorable, individual performances.   Because every Saturday is filled with jaw-dropping, heart-stopping moments, pinpointing only a handful of individual performances to spotlight is a risky endeavor. To narrow the...

College Football's Top 30 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the 2018 season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is likely to supplant Jalen Hurts as the team...

Way-Too-Early College Football Top 25 for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
The start of college football's 2018 season is still several months away, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict how the top 25 could look by next year. While there will be many personnel changes and coaching moves prior to spring practice that will have a major impact on this list, the top of the rankings has a few familiar faces in the mix. Alabama tops the way-too-early...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2018 draft officially passed on Monday evening and over 100 players declared for the next level. The deadline produced a few surprises, as Clemson's defensive line remained intact with Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant each deciding to return to campus in 2018. This deadline also produced a couple of quarterbacks likely to go early...