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Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

By Athlon Sports, 6 days 4 hours ago
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive and compile a ranking of the top 50 players of the Athlon Sports era. This wasn’t easy. Our checklist contained more than 300...

Illinois Football: 2017 Fighting Illini Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 3 days ago
It was not a great debut for Illinois head coach Lovie Smith, as the Fighting Illini saw their win total drop from five in 2015 to just two while the offense and defense both took steps backwards. To add to the challenge facing Smith, he has a total of eight starters returning so this will be a young and inexperienced team. The schedule includes a visit to Tampa to face South Florida, which...

Rutgers Football: 2017 Scarlet Knights Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 3 days ago
Rutgers won two games in head coach Chris Ash’s debut but lost 10 others by an average margin of nearly 31 points per contest. The Scarlet Knights went winless in Big Ten play, as they were shut out four times by division opponents. A bowl game is probably too lofty a goal in Ash’s second season, but with 13 starters returning this team should be able to show some improvement....

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 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...

Purdue Football: 2017 Boilermakers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 days ago
There’s plenty of excitement around Purdue with Jeff Brohm taking over as head coach after Darrell Hazell’s disastrous tenure. Brohm has the quarterback and running game needed to make his high-powered offense work, but the offensive line and receiving corps are both inexperienced and unproven. The defense returns six starters but this is a unit that ranked either 13th or dead last...

5 Reasons Why Ohio State Will Contend for the College Football Playoff in 2017

By Chip Minnich, 1 week 6 days ago
From the way the 2016 college football season concluded for the Ohio State Buckeyes, with a 31-0 trouncing by the eventual national champion Clemson Tigers, one might think that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his team are entering the 2017 campaign with some uneasiness and apprehension. After all, not only did the Buckeyes play poorly in the College Football Playoff semifinal, but they...

Indiana Football: 2017 Hoosiers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Indiana went to a bowl game last season, but still made a coaching change, as defensive coordinator Tom Allen has replaced Kevin Wilson, who was fired, as head coach. Allen got the job in part for the Hoosiers’ significant improvement on defense. That unit returns nine starters and features one of the Big Ten’s best linebackers. Allen will be changing Indiana’s offensive...

The Most Shameful College Football Games of 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 2 weeks 4 days 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...

Big Ten Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The Big Ten had a top-heavy 2016 season, as four teams finished inside of the top 10, Ohio State earned a CFB Playoff spot, and Penn State fell just short of reaching the top four after defeating Wisconsin in the conference title game. Fast forward to 2017 and not much has changed with the depth at the top of the league. Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin are Athlon’s projected...

Minnesota Football: 2017 Golden Gophers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The P.J. Fleck era in Minnesota is ready to begin and while the future may look bright in Minneapolis, some growing pains should be expected this fall. After all, the Golden Gophers went 9-4 and won the Holiday Bowl last season. Fleck does inherit a strong running back tandem, but his quarterback will be unproven and the defense returns just four starters. A bowl bid is certainly attainable, but...
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