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Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of...

Houston Football: 2017 Cougars Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 1 day ago
After two successful seasons under Tom Herman, it’s up to former offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to maintain Houston's upward trajectory. Applewhite has plenty of pieces returning on offense, but he’ll have a new quarterback leading the attack. The defense has one of the nation’s best anchors up front, but was hit hard by departures at linebacker and cornerback. The...

American Athletic Conference Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days 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, 3 weeks 10 hours 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...

Top 25 College Football Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 3 weeks 1 day 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days 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, 3 weeks 3 days 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, 1 month 15 hours 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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...