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

By Athlon Sports, 7 months 2 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...

Kansas Football: 2017 Jayhawks Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 7 months 1 week ago
Kansas has won a total of two games over the last two seasons but are things starting to look up for the Jayhawks under head coach David Beaty? His bosses seem to think so based on the contract extension he received and Kansas did snap its 19-game Big 12 losing streak with a overtime victory over Texas at home last November. Beaty has definitely improved the roster as the Jayhawks have some...

Big 12 Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 1 week ago
The race to win the Big 12 in 2017 took an interesting turn this offseason. Oklahoma is Athlon’s predicted champion, but the Sooners will be under the direction of new coach Lincoln Riley after Bob Stoops retired in June. Riley will continue to direct Oklahoma’s high-powered offense, which is good news for the Heisman hopes of quarterback Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma State and Texas are...

Big 12's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
The Big 12 didn’t experience a ton of turnover in the coordinator ranks this offseason, but there were a few big changes to watch in 2017. Doug Meacham left behind his play-calling duties at TCU to coordinate the offense under coach David Beaty at Kansas. Meacham’s arrival should provide an instant spark for the Jayhawks’ attack. On defense, the addition of Todd Orlando as...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 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...

Big 12 Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 4 weeks ago
The Big 12’s 2017 all-conference team features a three-way tie at the top for the most selections. Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all feature 15 picks for Athlon’s 2017 All-Big 12 team, while Kansas State checks in second at 13 selections. The Sooners feature quarterback Baker Mayfield and standout tackle Orlando Brown on the first team. Oklahoma State receiver James Washington...

Top 25 Big 12 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 8 months 2 weeks ago
A grand total of 14 players from the Big 12 were selected in last weekend’s NFL draft, so a top 25 list for next season seems like either overkill or wishful thinking.   Frankly, a few of the names below are serious reaches – especially the underclassmen. That being said, the quality quotient of those likely to hear their names called appears high. It wouldn’t...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 8 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...

Ranking the Big 12’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 8 months 3 weeks ago
The big question about the difficulty of Big 12 teams’ schedules this year: Where do you play Oklahoma?   The Big 12’s round-robin approach creates a high degree of uniformity among its members’ individual schedules. Some, such as Texas, stand out for their non-conference commitments. However, with the Sooners coming off back-to-back league championships, traveling...

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

By Steven Lassan, 9 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...