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

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 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...

East Carolina Football: 2017 Pirates Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 days ago
East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery’s debut got off to a great start with back-to-back wins. Unfortunately that was followed by five straight losses as the Pirates would win only one more game and finished 3-9 and tied for last place in the American Athletic Conference East Division. The biggest culprit was a defense that couldn’t stop anyone, which necessitated a myriad of...

American Athletic Conference Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 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...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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...

American Athletic 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks 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, 2 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...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 2 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...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. Last season, Louisville's Lamar Jackson emerged as a breakout...