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

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 3 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...

California Football: 2017 Golden Bears Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 1 week ago
Simply put, California is starting over. New head coach Justin Wilcox has been given the task of rebuilding a program that stagnated under Sonny Dykes. Growing pains should be expected not only because of the coaching transition, but also due to the fact a total of 10 starters are returning. Statistically speaking, the Golden Bears’ defense really has only way to go, which is up, but the...

Pac-12 Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Washington claimed the Pac-12 title and a CFB Playoff berth last season, and despite some key personnel departures, coach Chris Petersen’s team isn’t fading from the top of the league in 2017. The Huskies are a slight favorite over USC in Athlon’s 2017 Pac-12 predictions, with Oregon, Stanford and Washington State rounding out the next tier. Defending South Division champion...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 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...

Pac-12 Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 weeks ago
The Pacific Northwest and the state of California are ground zero for the Pac-12’s top talent in 2017. Oregon and Washington take the top two spots on Athlon’s All-Pac-12 team for 2017, as the Ducks and Huskies combine for 27 overall selections. Oregon’s 14 picks are the most of any team in the conference. Washington State isn’t far behind its North counterparts, as coach...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 5 months 5 days ago
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus. The question for national title-aspiring programs remains: Do you schedule down in the non-conference and hope to pile...

Ranking the Pac-12's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 6 days ago
The Pac-12 once again features a solid group of coaches at the top, with Washington’s Chris Petersen and Stanford’s David Shaw leading the way in Athlon’s rankings for 2017. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, Washington State’s Mike Leach and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre round out the next tier, with an intriguing group of coaches just outside of the top seven. Will...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 5 months 3 weeks ago
For the first time in 16 years, the reigning Pac-12 Conference champion is not one of either Oregon, Stanford or USC. The Washington Huskies enter 2017 looking to repeat as league champions for the first time since completing a trifecta in 1990-92. But the program that Washington unseated to take its place on the Pac-12 throne — looms as one potential threat. Another is USC.   It...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 5 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...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 6 months 3 weeks ago
There is no easy way around this, so let's address it up front: The Pac-12 Conference's collective non-conference schedule in 2017 isn't exactly awe-inspiring.   The conference's nine-game league schedule has been a repeated point of contention in recent years among fans, media and even coaches. Because the Pac-12 is guaranteed more Power Five games up front than...