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35 Key College Football Super Seniors Returning in 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college football’s 2020 season was unusual in many ways. Conferences starting play at different times, canceled games, bowl matchups shifted to different locations, and more uncertainty as to who on the roster was available on a week-to-week basis were just a few ways the ’20 season was unique. However, in addition to all of those factors, last year was...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The countdown to the 2021 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. As always, one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. This spot is always under the microscope and could be the difference between...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2020 season complete after Alabama's win in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2021. The Crimson Tide rank as the No. 1 team in the very early top 25, followed by Clemson at No. 2. Oklahoma is poised for a run at the national...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 15 changes, including moves at Texas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 15 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. At the top, it's a close call between the hires of Steve Sarkisian (Texas), Clark Lea (...

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
College football’s 2021 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 28 with a handful of matchups in Week 0. The schedule for that opening weekend could be tweaked, but Hawaii at UCLA and Nebraska at Illinois are the early highlights from the Week 0 games in 2021. The first full weekend of games for next season doesn’t lack for interesting matchups. Ohio State at Minnesota,...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 5 days ago
Ranking the college football rosters for the 2021 season provides a unique window into the talent level for all teams and how that compares to win totals, conference championships, and success on a national level. 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'...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2021?

By Mark Ross, 2 months 1 week ago
If there's one word that can be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape, it's something that coaches and fans alike don't want to see from their signal-caller — turnover. Yet for the fourth straight season, more than half of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences will be new compared to this time last year.   It should be...

Illinois Football: 5 Priorities for New Coach Bret Bielema in 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Bret Bielema is back in the Big Ten. The former Wisconsin coach returns to the sidelines at Illinois after spending the last couple of seasons in the NFL. Prior to that stint, Bielema went 29-34 at Arkansas from 2013-17 and 68-24 at Wisconsin from 2006-12. Bielema is a native of Illinois and has won in the Big Ten before, so he certainly knows what it takes to win in this conference. However, he...

Big Ten Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2021

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 1 week ago
Ohio State continues to raise the bar around the Big Ten when it comes to recruiting. Not only are the Buckeyes signing some of the top recruiting classes in the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes develop that talent and produce wins on the field to compete for national championships. What Urban Meyer started, Ryan Day has continued in Columbus. After Ohio State reached the national championship game,...

Big Ten Football: What to Know About the 2021 Schedule

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten is the latest college football conference to release its 2021 schedule. After an unusual 2020 season, the Big Ten recently released its complete slate for next fall, which features a full nine-game schedule in conference play for all 14 teams. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on every team and conference in college football, but the Big Ten (like all leagues) is hoping for...