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Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 15 changes, including moves at Texas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 15 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. At the top, it's a close call between the hires of Steve Sarkisian (Texas), Clark Lea (...

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 20 hours ago
College football’s 2021 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 28 with a handful of matchups in Week 0. The schedule for that opening weekend could be tweaked, but Hawaii at UCLA and Nebraska at Illinois are the early highlights from the Week 0 games in 2021. The first full weekend of games for next season doesn’t lack for interesting matchups. Ohio State at Minnesota,...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Ranking the college football rosters for the 2021 season provides a unique window into the talent level for all teams and how that compares to win totals, conference championships, and success on a national level. Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or performing at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren'...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2021?

By Mark Ross, 3 weeks 4 hours ago
If there's one word that can be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape, it's something that coaches and fans alike don't want to see from their signal-caller — turnover. Yet for the fourth straight season, more than half of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences will be new compared to this time last year.   It should be...

Big Ten Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2021

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Ohio State continues to raise the bar around the Big Ten when it comes to recruiting. Not only are the Buckeyes signing some of the top recruiting classes in the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes develop that talent and produce wins on the field to compete for national championships. What Urban Meyer started, Ryan Day has continued in Columbus. After Ohio State reached the national championship game,...

Big Ten Football: What to Know About the 2021 Schedule

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The Big Ten is the latest college football conference to release its 2021 schedule. After an unusual 2020 season, the Big Ten recently released its complete slate for next fall, which features a full nine-game schedule in conference play for all 14 teams. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on every team and conference in college football, but the Big Ten (like all leagues) is hoping for...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 5 hours ago
College football’s 2021 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Alabama signed the best class in modern recruiting history, with Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Oregon, LSU, USC and Texas A&M rounding out the next tier of top hauls for '21. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
The 2020 college football season featured 24 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. UTSA's Jeff Traylor, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, Missouri's Eli Drinkwitz and Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin are just a couple of the coaches getting high marks from Athlon Sports for their coaching performance in 2020. Appalachian State's Shawn...

Big Ten Football: 10 Toughest Players to Replace in 2021

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 1 week ago
Last year's crop of top Big Ten talent is now heading off to the National Football League to live out their biggest hopes and dreams. But the work on replacing them is never done. Across the Big Ten, coaches are already spending the offseason figuring out how to best replace some of their top players, whether those players are going to the NFL or not.   Here is a look at some of the...

Early Ranking of the 10 Best Games of Week 1 of the 2021 College Football Season

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The start of college football's 2021 season is still months away, but it's never too early to flip the calendar to next fall and start thinking about the games on tap. Luckily for college football fans, the 2021 calendar is loaded with interesting matchups in Week 1. Georgia versus Clemson in Charlotte headlines the opening Saturday of action, but Indiana-Iowa, Louisiana-Texas, Miami-...