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Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2019?

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 3 days ago
If one word could be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape it would be — change. The annual quarterback churn is in full effect as the combination of graduations, early departures by underclassmen, and a rash of transfers means that for the second straight season nearly two thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s 2019 season won't get underway until late August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2019 version of college football's teams on the rise features Texas, Utah, Oregon, Iowa State, and Texas A&M from the Power 5 ranks, along with Louisiana,...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2018 season officially in the books after Clemson's 44-16 win over Alabama, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 rankings for 2019. Alabama and Clemson have played four consecutive times in the CFB Playoff, and there's a good chance it happens again next season. The Tigers and Crimson...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Big 12 in 2019

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The Big 12 turned out to be a surprisingly deep conference in 2018, thanks in large part to the presence of both veteran stars and emerging standouts.   While positions such as quarterback and wide receiver had the usual slew of big names in the offense-happy league, the defensive side of the ball produced a surprising number of impact players. Studs such as West Virginia linebacker David...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
The 2018 college football season featured 21 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. The 21 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2017 season, as 23 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a program, but some hires need a couple of years to...

When Does College Football Start in 2019?

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s 2019 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24, with Arizona meeting Hawaii in a Week 0 matchup. The full Week 1 college football schedule of matchups is slated to begin on Thursday, Aug. 29. The opening Thursday of action features Utah at BYU, along with defending champion Clemson taking on Georgia Tech. The opening week of games continues on Friday with...

10 Big 12 Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2019

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 22 hours ago
The Oklahoma Sooners are leading the way in the Big 12 this year in number of early declarations for the NFL draft. The group includes three potential first-round picks in Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, deep threat Marquise Brown and offensive lineman Cody Ford.   OU isn’t the only program in the Big 12 trying to replace early entrants, of course. The Iowa State Cyclones and...

College Football's Top 30 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the 2019 season and the players returning: regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Breakout quarterbacks led the way for playoff teams in 2018, as Kyler...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2019 draft officially passed on Monday evening and more than 120 players declared for the next level. All four of the playoff teams from the 2018 season lost a key player early. Alabama has to replace two All-Americans in the trenches with Jonah Williams (LT) and Quinnen Williams (DT) headed to the NFL. Clemson is losing a couple of defensive...

The Big 12's Best College Football Games of 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 3 days ago
Following a 70-63 West Virginia win over Baylor in 2012, Alabama head coach Nick Saban famously quipped, "Is this what we want football to be?"   While the exhausting game of grassketball West Virginia and Baylor played six years game took it to an extreme, the prevalence of high-powered offense in the Big 12 has made the conference arguably the most entertaining in college...