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

By Steven Lassan, 2 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, 2 months 2 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, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The NFL Draft’s early entry deadline officially passed on Monday evening and over 90 players declared for the next level. The official list of players leaving for the NFL will be released on Friday. While the official list isn't out yet, it's no secret which players have already announced their intentions for the next level and which teams will be filling the most voids this...

Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 2 months 1 week ago
Clemson will enter the 2017 season as college football's reigning national champion, but it’s the Tigers’ division rival, Florida State, along with — dare we say — Clemson’s national title game rival, Alabama, who have the game to watch in 2017. And fortunately for us all, we won’t have to wait all that long to see this potential No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup...

College Football's Top 10 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week 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 next season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Which quarterback could be the next Lamar Jackson or Sam Darnold? Or which...

College Football's Top 15 Teams on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2016 season officially ended on Monday night in Tampa, Fla. with Clemson's last-second win over Alabama. While the Tigers are still celebrating and the party in Death Valley isn't going to end anytime soon, it's never too early to peek ahead at 2017 and examine some of the teams that could take a step forward in the win column or move a little higher in the...