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College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to Texas to take over the defensive signals in Austin. LSU hopes Matt Canada can jumpstart its offense, and Oregon hired Jim Leavitt from Colorado to...

Why Does "The Fade" Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone. It lands two yards out of bounds, safely out of reach of the nearest offensive and defensive players. You fill with rage. You scream obscenities at...

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 10 hours ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

BYU Wild Card Players in 2017

By Mitch Harper, 1 month 3 days ago
The common theme around the BYU football program right now is that of comfort. Everyone from the coaches to players and the supporting staff feel comfortable with the new regime under head coach Kalani Sitake in Provo. With that comfort though is still numerous opportunities for competition and players to emerge as breakout stars.   The Cougars already have proven stars in quarterback...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 4 days ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

10 BYU Football Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Mitch Harper, 1 month 1 week ago
Numbers and stats haven’t caught fire in college football like we see in basketball or baseball, but we can still pick up on trends from some key statistics.   Here are 10 statistics from the BYU football program that you should be aware of entering the 2017 football season.   1,978: Rushing yards lost between Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill One of the biggest questions for...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...