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National Signing Day 2017 Predictions: Where Will the Top Recruits Sign?

By Ryan Wright, 7 months 3 weeks ago
National Signing Day is the most anticipated day of the year for high school and college football fans who track the recruiting process. All are eager to see which school earned their favorite player’s commitment and how respective collegiate programs may have set a path for future success. Each year brings a different level of anticipation with players making a last-minute flip from one...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2017?

By Matt Fortuna, 7 months 4 weeks ago
As college football programs sign new future star quarterbacks while faces we became familiar with move on to the NFL, it is time to figure out just where all of this talent comes from.   For the third year in a row, Athlon Sports has tracked the roots of every projected starting quarterback for the upcoming season in the Power Five conferences, along with BYU and Notre Dame.  ...

College Football's 2017 Recruiting All-Name Team

By Athlon Sports, 7 months 4 weeks ago
National Signing Day typically happens on the first Wednesday in February every year, but perhaps it should be moved to December 25 since it essentially represents Christmas for college football head coaches across the nation. All of the hard work and long hours put in by the coaching staffs will finally bear fruit as high school seniors and a handful of junior college prospects will make...

25 Key Big Ten Players Returning From Injury in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 4 weeks ago
Injuries are an unfortunate part of any college football season and usually take a toll on every FBS team by the end of the year. Several key players were hit by the injury bug in 2016, including a handful of big names from the Big Ten. Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy, Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs, Michigan offensive lineman Grant Newsome and Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek are...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 2 days ago
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new coach doesn’t necessarily guarantee long-term success, but it’s...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Big Ten in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 8 months 3 days ago
The 2016 college football season – for the most part – was a memorable one for the Big Ten. The conference had four teams in the national title picture all season long and inserted itself squarely into the conversation about the best football conference in the land.   Moving forward, the immediate future looks bright. The Penn State program looks like it has been resurrected....

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 4 days ago
The 2017 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players left for the NFL, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. That...

10 College Football Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 8 months 5 days ago
In case you missed it: A number of high-profile college football stars declared early for the NFL Draft. Several even skipped their bowl games, which caused hysterics in some corners. In any event, it is now time for a new crop of talented reserves to step into the spotlight and fill some pretty big shoes for their respective programs.   Related: College Football's NFL Draft...

10 Big Ten Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 8 months 1 week ago
Sure, J.T. Barrett, Saquon Barkley and a cast of other familiar faces in the Big Ten are returning to their schools next season. But after a 2016 that saw the league finish with four teams in the final top 10 of both major polls, the Big Ten will have to retool a bit up top, as a number of stars declared early for the 2017 NFL Draft.   Related: College Football's NFL Draft...

Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 1 week ago
The battle for conference supremacy is an ongoing race to catch the SEC, but the Big Ten has made considerable progress in recent years to close the gap. Thanks to outstanding coaching hires, Ohio State (Urban Meyer), Penn State (James Franklin), Michigan (Jim Harbaugh) and Wisconsin (Paul Chryst), all four teams finished inside of the top 10 in the CFB Playoff poll. All four programs will begin...