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Ball State Football: 2017 Cardinals Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 5 days ago
Mike Neu led Ball State to a 4-8 record in his first season as head coach at his alma mater and he'll be working with a young and inexperienced team this fall. With only nine starters returning, there will be plenty of opportunity for younger players to emerge, but it also will result in more growing pains. The offense will lean on the running game while Neu hopes his quarterback can take...

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

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 5 days 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...

MAC Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Ohio, Western Michigan, Miami and Toledo finished 2016 as the top teams in the MAC, and all four should be near the top of the standings in the 2017 predictions. The Broncos have some significant personnel losses to address, but new coach Tim Lester still has enough talent to guide Western Michigan to a division title. The Broncos’ top competition in the West is Toledo, which is led by a...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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...

MAC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
The favorites to win the 2017 MAC title feature a couple of familiar faces in Toledo, Western Michigan and Ohio, but Miami is a team to watch after winning six of its final seven games last year. The RedHawks feature 14 players on Athlon’s 2017 All-MAC team, which is tied with Western Michigan for the most of any team in the league. Eastern Michigan and Ohio are tied for second with 12...

Ranking the MAC's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The MAC has seen a number of coaches move to the Power 5 ranks in recent years, but the one constant in the league remains Ohio's Frank Solich. The former Nebraska coach is the conference's longest-tenured head coach in the league and takes the top spot in Athlon's MAC coach rankings for 2017. The league only has one new coach this year (Tim Lester at Western Michigan), while Toledo...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 4 weeks ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. Last season, Louisville's Lamar Jackson emerged as a breakout...