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Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2019?

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 18 hours ago
If one word could be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape it would be — change. The annual quarterback churn is in full effect as the combination of graduations, early departures by underclassmen, and a rash of transfers means that for the second straight season nearly two thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 19 hours ago
College football’s 2019 season won't get underway until late 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 2019 version of college football's teams on the rise features Texas, Utah, Oregon, Iowa State, and Texas A&M from the Power 5 ranks, along with Louisiana,...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2018 season officially in the books after Clemson's 44-16 win over Alabama, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 rankings for 2019. Alabama and Clemson have played four consecutive times in the CFB Playoff, and there's a good chance it happens again next season. The Tigers and Crimson...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Big 12 in 2019

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The Big 12 turned out to be a surprisingly deep conference in 2018, thanks in large part to the presence of both veteran stars and emerging standouts.   While positions such as quarterback and wide receiver had the usual slew of big names in the offense-happy league, the defensive side of the ball produced a surprising number of impact players. Studs such as West Virginia linebacker David...

Oklahoma Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism About the Sooners in 2019

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Losing a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback usually presages an offensive downturn for a team, but the Oklahoma Sooners kept on humming in 2018 after Baker Mayfield handed the reins over to Kyler Murray.   Now head coach Lincoln Riley is putting his offense in the hands of Jalen Hurts, who piloted the Alabama Crimson Tide to two consecutive appearances in national championship games...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days ago
The 2018 college football season featured 21 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. The 21 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2017 season, as 23 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a program, but some hires need a couple of years to...

Best Individual Performances of the 2018-19 College Football Season

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Heisman Trophy finalists — and should-have-been finalists — provided some of the most memorable moments of the 2018 college football season.   The campaign kicked off with some outstanding performances; tone-setters like Trayveon Williams rushing for 240 yards, a mark he'd just about bookend in bowl season. Some, like Memphis running back Darrell Henderson, began on...

5 Most Successful Transfers in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 4 weeks 17 hours ago
Jalen Hurts may be the most high-profile transfer in college football history. He went 26-2 as a starter at Alabama before losing the job to Tua Tagovailoa and now takes his talents to Oklahoma, where he is expected to replace Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who rose to stardom after transferring to the Sooners from Texas A&M.   Will Hurts be successful? I’m guessing yes,...

Texas Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism About the Longhorns in 2019

By Allen Kenney, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The Texas Longhorns are about to become one of college football’s more hotly debated teams of the offseason.   Some pundits will key in on a runner-up finish in the Big 12 and a Sugar Bowl win over the Georgia Bulldogs as signs that UT can contend for a bid to the College Football Playoff. Skeptics will point out the Horns won seven games by seven points or fewer last season,...

Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The memories of the 2018 college football season are still fresh for many, but it is never too early to begin looking forward to the '19 campaign. With a number of good matchups to look forward to next fall, how could you not start looking over the schedules and picking out the games you are most looking forward to seeing play out?   It will not be shocking to see defending...