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Big 12 Football: Best Games of 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 5 days 13 hours ago
Thank Oklahoma for, in a year that wore out the word "unprecedented," providing some normalcy. The Sooners won their sixth consecutive Big 12 championship in 2020, providing a routine conclusion to a season of uncertainty.   Along the way to a standard finale, however, the Big 12's campaign experienced its share of unpredictability — like Iowa State reaching its first-...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 11 hours ago
The early-entry deadline for the 2021 NFL Draft officially passed on Monday, Jan. 18. Counting seniors who passed on an extra year of eligibility and underclassmen entering early, more than 400 players declared for the next level. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence, Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and BYU quarterback Zach...

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

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 12 hours ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2020 season complete after the Ohio State-Alabama showdown in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2021. Alabama ranks 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...

College Football: 15 Players With Big Bowl Games Who Could Break Out in 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Just one game remains in the 2020-21 college football season, as the bowl slate wrapped up on Saturday, Jan. 2. It’s hard to read too much into bowl games due to opt outs and the unusual nature of the 2020 season. However, several players had big performances that could carry into the ’21 campaign. The definition of breakout players can vary from analysts and fanbases across the...

Who Should Win the Heisman Trophy for the 2020 College Football Season?

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 14 hours ago
The Heisman Trophy will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 5 to one of four finalists for the 2020 college football season. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith and Alabama quarterback Mac Jones are up for the most prestigious award in college football. Due to COVID-19 and the timing of the announcement, the award will be presented...

2021 NFL Draft: College Football Players Leaving Early for NFL

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 9 hours ago
The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to take place in Cleveland, Ohio on April 29-May 1, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college football players are already declaring their intent to jump early to the next level. As of Friday, Dec. 18, 136 underclassmen players have already declared for the 2021 NFL Draft and some will not return to college for a fall or spring season. The list of names declared...

College Football Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Every 2020-21 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
College football’s 2020-21 bowl season features 28 matchups, and Athlon’s editors are here with picks against the spread (ATS) for every postseason contest. One game is slated for Dec. 21 to start the bowl season, the Peach and Citrus Bowl matchups headline the action outside of the CFB Playoff games on Jan. 1, while the final contests before the national title takes place on Jan. 2...

Bowl Game Predictions: College Football Picks for Every Bowl Game in 2020-21

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
College football’s 2020-21 bowl season kicks off on Monday, Dec. 21, and continues until the national championship in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Jan. 11. With the bowl lineup set and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 21, three writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Just one game is scheduled for Monday, but two contests are slated for Tuesday and...

Ranking All 28 College Football Bowl Games: From Must-See to Must-Miss

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
College football'’s regular season is over and the matchups for the 2020-21 bowl season are set. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 28 matchups are on tap this bowl season, as several games were canceled and 20 teams opted out of a postseason game. In the College Football Playoff, Alabama meets Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl that was moved to Arlington, Texas, with Ohio State and Clemson...

College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 16)

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The 16th weekend of the 2020 season was headlined by Alabama's SEC title victory over Florida, Ohio State's Big Ten Championship win over Northwestern, and Clemson's blowout against Notre Dame in the ACC Championship....