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Iowa State Football: 2017 Cyclones Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Matt Campbell won just three games in his first season as Iowa State’s head coach, but there’s no question the Cylcones are headed in the right direction. This team was competitive regardless of the competition over the second half of 2016, so there should be an uptick in wins this fall. How many will depend upon the progress both sides of the ball are able to make, especially...

10 Greatest Moments of Bob Stoops’ College Football Career

By Aaron Tallent, 3 months 2 weeks ago
College football will not be the same with the retirement of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. Formerly the longest tenured head coach in the FBS, Stoops announced his retirement on Wednesday saying, “the timing is perfect to hand over the reins” to offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. This fall will mark the first season since 1978 where Stoops is not an active participant in a...

The Most Shameful College Football Games of 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 3 months 2 weeks ago
FCS football is fun and features plenty of talent. Games against FBS opponents can serve purposes, as they are oftentimes displays of in-state support and, of course, are big paydays that FCS programs need to survive.   But some games just make no sense. They are over before they start, and they do little but fill out schedules and act as glorified byes for bigger programs – often...

Baylor Football: 2017 Bears Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
After a tumultuous and difficult 2016 season, both on and especially off of the field, no one really knows what to expect from Baylor this fall. Former Temple head coach Matt Rhule was signed to a seven-year contract and given the task of cleaning up the mess left behind by the former regime. Considering all of the turnover and culture change this program is undergoing finishing above .500 and...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Texas' College Football Schedule in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Texas’ schedule does new head coach Tom Herman no favors in his first season with the Longhorns. In addition to the Big 12’s round-robin slate, his team has a road date with USC and a home game against an improving Maryland program.   If Herman can make some noise this season, it will be a sign that he’s worthy of the fanfare. If not, he should get a pass for taking on...

Big 12's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Big 12 didn’t experience a ton of turnover in the coordinator ranks this offseason, but there were a few big changes to watch in 2017. Doug Meacham left behind his play-calling duties at TCU to coordinate the offense under coach David Beaty at Kansas. Meacham’s arrival should provide an instant spark for the Jayhawks’ attack. On defense, the addition of Todd Orlando as...

Top 25 College Football Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 3 months 3 weeks ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

TCU Football: 2017 Horned Frogs Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
TCU’s offense may lean more on the running game in 2017 because of quarterback Kenny Hill’s struggles last year and questions about the wide receiver corps. On defense, head coach Gary Patterson put a priority on getting bigger up front while the linebackers and secondary feature plenty of experience. There are pieces to work with on both sides, but unless Hill bounces back in a...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

West Virginia Football: 2017 Mountaineers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
West Virginia put together its best season under head coach Dana Holgorsen in 2016, winning 10 games and finishing tied for second in the Big 12. If WVU is going to repeat that success, however, it will need several new faces to step up with just seven starters returning on both sides of the ball. With former Florida starting quarterback Will Grier eligible for all of 2017, the offense could...