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How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 4 days ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 5 days ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 6 days ago
The ACC is losing a good bit of star power from the running back ranks from last year’s group. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Pitt’s James Conner and Clemson’s Wayne Gallman decided to leave early for the NFL, while NC State’s Matt Dayes and Virginia’s Taquan Mizzell expired their eligibility. The departure of last year’s top backs leaves just one player...

Miami's Sophomore Linebackers Uphold a Formidable Tradition at the Position

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 1 week ago
The coordinates were constantly shifting, but the lateral boundaries always stretched from one sideline to the other. In Miami’s Orange Bowl nearly three decades years ago, Micheal Barrow, Darrin Smith and Jessie Armstead roamed an area they called the Bermuda Triangle.   “We came up with it, because once you went into the three of us, you disappeared,” Barrow says....

ACC's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 1 week ago
The ACC’s coordinator carousel was relatively light on changes for the 2017 season. Five of the league’s 14 teams had some sort of switch in title or coordinator calling the plays. Louisville was the only team to make a change on both sides of the ball, as veteran offensive line coach Mike Summers was named co-offensive coordinator, and Peter Sirmon replaces Todd Grantham as the...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 1 week ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 1 week ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

What if the SEC and ACC College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game in 2017?

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Major League Baseball’s 2017 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level.   The ACC and SEC ended 2016 at the top of the...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 2 weeks ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...