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College Football's Top 50 Innovations (10-1)

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 4 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 14 hours ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.   When evaluating and ranking all 130 coaches, we established a simple criteria: Everything is considered when ranking head coaches. This is not...

College Football 2017 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 6 days ago
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks. Louisville's Lamar Jackson is the reigning Heisman winner, and he's joined by Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker...

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

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 1 week 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...

Cincinnati Football: 2017 Bearcats Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 1 week ago
A 4-8 finish led to Tommy Tuberville resigning as Cincinnati’s head coach and the Bearcats hiring Luke Fickell as his replacement. Fickell worked under Jim Tressel and then Urban Meyer at Ohio State and is looking to re-energize a program that claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference championship just three seasons ago. Getting back to that point this season will be a tall order...

American Athletic Conference Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
The American Athletic Conference leads the way among Group of 5 leagues, with USF entering 2017 as the clear favorite. The Bulls are the predicted champion by Athlon Sports, and coach Charlie Strong’s team has a good shot at an undefeated record. Defending AAC champion Temple and UCF are the top challengers to USF in the East Division. The race to win the West Division is crowded at the...

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...

Group of Five's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 5 months 3 weeks 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...

American Athletic 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 days ago
USF is the projected top Group of 5 team from the 2017 Athlon Sports rankings, and the Bulls are loaded with talent for coach Charlie Strong’s debut. USF features 15 players on the 2017 American Athletic All-Conference team by Athlon Sports, which is the most of any team in the league. In addition to star quarterback Quinton Flowers, the Bulls have three first-team defenders. Memphis (13)...

Ranking the American Athletic Conference's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
The American Athletic Conference has seen its share of coaching changes in recent years. The 12 programs in the league have a knack for finding the next stars in the coaching ranks, and this conference has several names to watch in 2017 and beyond. Tulsa's Philip Montgomery and Memphis' Mike Norvell are two coaches on the rise, while Navy's Ken Niumatalolo consistently wins at a...