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

By Athlon Sports, 5 days 23 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...

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 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...

Army West Point Football: 2017 Black Knights Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 days ago
Army West Point played in (and won) its first bowl game since 2010, but last season will be known more for the long-awaited victory over Navy. A bulk of the nation’s second-ranked rushing attack returns and will get the luxury of running behind a veteran offensive line. The defense returns seven starters but will need some new leaders and playmakers to emerge. Whether the Black Knights...

Ranking the Toughest Games on BYU's College Football Schedule in 2017

By Mitch Harper, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Coming off of a 9-4 season in Kalani Sitake’s first full year as the head coach, the BYU football program is excited about what lies ahead with Sitake in charge.   Sitake, who grew up a fan of BYU as a kid and eventually played for the late LaVell Edwards, has always had a passion for Cougar football and he’s working to deliver BYU a special season that the fan base craves....

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar...

BYU Football: 2017 Cougars Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day ago
After taking a back seat to Taysom Hill last season, Tanner Mangum is back as BYU’s starting quarterback. His experience should help the Cougars’ offense stay productive, although replacing the program’s all-time leading rusher won’t be easy. On defense, BYU is strongest in the back seven thanks to the return of its top three tacklers, all linebackers. Once again the...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days 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...

NCAA Top 25 Quarterback Rankings Comparison

By Juan Jose Rodriguez, 4 weeks 1 day ago
In recent weeks we've seen some of last season's top quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft, while others set out preparing for the college football season ahead. To help you better understand this year's top QBs, Sporting News, 24/7 Sports, and, of course, Athlon Sports have you covered with their rankings of the top college...

Notre Dame Football: 2017 Fighting Irish Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 days ago
Very little went right for Notre Dame and Brian Kelly last season. The Fighting Irish went from being a preseason top-10 team with College Football Playoff aspirations to finishing 4-8. To be fair, only one of the losses was by more than eight points, but that’s little consolation to frustrated Notre Dame fans. Kelly wasn’t pleased either, as he brought in new offensive and defensive...

6 BYU Cougars 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Mitch Harper, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Another NFL draft has passed and BYU’s drought of producing multiple selections in one draft continues.   BYU’s lone draftee in the 2017 NFL Draft was Jamaal Williams, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round. It’s a great landing spot for Williams, who left BYU as the school’s all-time leading rusher, and was a player last year that I...