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Pac-12 Football: Top 15 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The Pac-12 has long been known for producing skill-position talent, and 2020 continued the trend with offensive playmakers like Justin Herbert, Michael Pittman Jr., and Laviska Shenault Jr. among the players selected. Initial forecasts for the Pac-12's place in the 2021 NFL Draft landscape, however, illuminates some of the shift in emphasis in the league.   With programs like Stanford...

NFL Draft 2021 Top Quarterback Prospects

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to take place from April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. While the 2020 college football season has yet to unfold, it's never too early to take a look at which quarterbacks could top the rankings or the wish list for teams next spring. The pool of top prospects at quarterback is headlined by Ohio State's Justin Fields and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, as both...

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2020 NFL Draft

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
With the 2020 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was a concern about size, overall talent, an injury, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-...

College Football Rewind: 10 Games We Would Like to Watch Again

By Aaron Tallent, 2 months 2 weeks ago
With live sports canceled for the foreseeable future because of the novel coronavirus, there is a dearth of programming on TV. For those of us needing a football fix, here are 10 college football games ESPN or whichever channel owns the rights could rebroadcast.   1. Nebraska 35, Oklahoma 31 Nov. 25, 1971 (Norman, Okla.) This Thanksgiving Day showdown between the undefeated Huskers and...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago
College football’s 2019-20 coaching carousel featured 24 changes, including moves at Florida State, Ole Miss, Washington State, Colorado and Arkansas. With the carousel completed and all 24 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. Florida State's hire of Mike Norvell takes the top spot in Athlon's grades, but...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 6 days ago
The 2020 college football season is still months away, but the start of spring practice is inching closer for all 130 teams (some have already begun), so it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. As expected, quarterbacks top the rankings for 2020. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields were...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or performing at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. Additionally, with advances in technology to watch more prospects, along with more offseason camps, the rankings...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2020 season won't get underway until late August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are on the rise and are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2020 version of college football's teams on the rise features North Carolina, Arizona State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and Louisville from the Power...

Pac-12 Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The 2019 Pac-12 season culminated with a power shift back to Oregon after a brief period dipping from the apex. The Ducks' conference title and Rose Bowl Game win may be the start of sustained success, as recruiting rankings tab Oregon as the most talented roster in the conference.   Of course, basing championships exclusively on recruiting rankings would have yielded much better...

Colorado Football: Who Should the Buffaloes Hire to be the Next Head Coach?

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Colorado is looking for a head coach for the second consecutive offseason after Mel Tucker departed Boulder for Michigan State this week. Tucker went 5-7 in his debut with the Buffaloes and seemed to have this program trending in the right direction after reeling in a solid recruiting class.   Colorado is a good job in the Pac-12, but the timing of Tucker’s move to Michigan State...