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

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 2 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...

Big 12 Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
The race to win the Big 12 in 2017 took an interesting turn this offseason. Oklahoma is Athlon’s predicted champion, but the Sooners will be under the direction of new coach Lincoln Riley after Bob Stoops retired in June. Riley will continue to direct Oklahoma’s high-powered offense, which is good news for the Heisman hopes of quarterback Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma State and Texas are...

The Most Shameful College Football Games of 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 5 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, 5 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...

Big 12's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 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...

Big 12 Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 4 weeks ago
The Big 12’s 2017 all-conference team features a three-way tie at the top for the most selections. Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all feature 15 picks for Athlon’s 2017 All-Big 12 team, while Kansas State checks in second at 13 selections. The Sooners feature quarterback Baker Mayfield and standout tackle Orlando Brown on the first team. Oklahoma State receiver James Washington...

Big 12’s Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 6 months 6 days 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...

Top 25 Big 12 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 6 months 2 weeks ago
A grand total of 14 players from the Big 12 were selected in last weekend’s NFL draft, so a top 25 list for next season seems like either overkill or wishful thinking.   Frankly, a few of the names below are serious reaches – especially the underclassmen. That being said, the quality quotient of those likely to hear their names called appears high. It wouldn’t...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 6 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...