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Recruiting a Championship Team vs. a 4-8 Squad: A Closer Look at Clemson’s and Notre Dame’s Recent Classes

By Jon Kinne, 4 months 1 day ago
National Signing Day in college football is fast approaching and the current national champions, the Clemson Tigers, are ready to do what they do best: sign a boatload of four- and five-star players. Conversely, Notre Dame stumbled to a 4-8 record this past season. Their problem, obviously, was that they have not recruited enough top-level players.   Right?   It is true that...

Travis Etienne to Clemson: Tigers Land 4-Star RB Prospect

By Bleacher Report, 4 months 1 day ago
Prized running back recruit Travis Etienne has given reigning national champion Clemson his commitment. Etienne announced his intention to join the Tigers on Thursday in an interview with KPLC (h/t Billy Embody of Scout)...Read the full article on Bleacher Report...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 days ago
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new coach doesn’t necessarily guarantee long-term success, but it’s...

6 Junior College Transfers to Watch in the ACC for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 days ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is less than 10 days away, but some freshman and junior college prospects have already arrived on campus. The ACC has its share of talent through the freshmen ranks on the way and a small junior college crop of six players is set to arrive this offseason. While only six incoming junior college prospects are slated to join the ACC as of late...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the ACC in 2017

By Jon Kinne, 4 months 4 days ago
It was a banner football season for the ACC with a 9-3 bowl record and a national championship. One of the primary reasons for the league’s success was the number of quality quarterbacks in the conference. In 2017, many of the ACC teams that had great signal-callers will be breaking in new starters at the position.   Related: 10 ACC Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 days ago
The 2017 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players left for the NFL, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. That...

Early Look at the Top Heisman Trophy Contenders for 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 months 4 days ago
For better or worse, college football's Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in team sports, drawing hype and controversy from the beginning of the season till the end. Lamar Jackson won it last year, but that didn’t stop the annual “Heisman remorse” storyline from taking hold after runner-up Deshaun Watson tore through the postseason — despite...

10 College Football Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 months 5 days ago
In case you missed it: A number of high-profile college football stars declared early for the NFL Draft. Several even skipped their bowl games, which caused hysterics in some corners. In any event, it is now time for a new crop of talented reserves to step into the spotlight and fill some pretty big shoes for their respective programs.   Related: College Football's NFL Draft...

Early ACC Football Predictions for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
The ACC continued its upward trajectory after the conference claimed its second national championship in four seasons after Clemson’s victory over Alabama on Jan. 9. Thanks to outstanding coaching hires in recent years, the ACC has made progress in catching the Big Ten and SEC at the top of the conference power rankings. Could this league earn another national championship next fall?...

10 ACC Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 months 1 week ago
The ACC saw more than a dozen underclassmen declare for the upcoming NFL Draft, most of whom probably did not come as a surprise to their teammates and fans. Still, this is a league that was arguably the best in the nation in 2016, and it will be replacing players like a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and multiple 1,000-yard rushers — no easy feat to duplicate.   Related: ...