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When Does College Football Start in 2020?

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
College football’s 2020 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 29 with five overall matchups on tap for Week 0. With the matchup between Navy and Notre Dame moved from Ireland and to Labor Day weekend, Hawaii-Arizona and California-UNLV provide the most intrigue for Week 0. Week 1 also features plenty of interesting matchups as the 2020 FBS season gets into full swing with...

Minnesota Football: 2020 Golden Gophers Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Few observers are snickering over P.J. Fleck’s “Row the Boat” mantra after the Gophers’ performances spiked in his third season at the helm last fall.   Minnesota finished 11–2, with signature wins over No. 5 Penn State and then No. 9 Auburn in the Outback Bowl. It was the first time the Gophers had won more than 10 games since 1904, when high school teams...

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The 2020 college football season is scheduled to officially begin on Saturday, Aug. 29, but it's never too early to start thinking about top 25 rankings and what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, the list of favorites for this year starts with familiar contenders:...

NFL Draft 2021 Top Quarterback Prospects

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 15 hours ago
The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to take place from April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. While the 2020 college football season has yet to unfold, it's never too early to take a look at which quarterbacks could top the rankings or the wish list for teams next spring. The pool of top prospects at quarterback is headlined by Ohio State's Justin Fields and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, as both...

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2020 NFL Draft

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
With the 2020 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was a concern about size, overall talent, an injury, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-...

Big Ten Football: Top 25 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 6 days ago
The Big Ten continues to pump out NFL talent. In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Big Ten had the second-most players drafted (48) with only the SEC having more (63). Ohio State continued to lead the way with a total of 10 players picked by NFL franchises. Looking forward a year from now, Ohio State could have another big year in the draft.   In fact, it could be a pretty lopsided year for the Big...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2019-20 coaching carousel featured 24 changes, including moves at Florida State, Ole Miss, Washington State, Colorado and Arkansas. With the carousel completed and all 24 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. Florida State's hire of Mike Norvell takes the top spot in Athlon's grades, but...

Minnesota Football: Golden Gophers' 2020 Spring Preview

By J.P. Scott, 4 months 2 days ago
From the moment P.J. Fleck took over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 2017, one word has summed up his goals and vision for the program: Elite.   In 2019, Fleck's team was knocking on the door of being elite. The Gophers started the season 9-0, finished the campaign 10-2, and were very much in the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff conversation for the majority of the season...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 days ago
The 2020 college football season is still months away, but the start of spring practice is inching closer for all 130 teams (some have already begun), so it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. As expected, quarterbacks top the rankings for 2020. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields were...

Big Ten Football: 10 Most Intriguing Non-Conference Games of 2020

By Kevin McGuire, 4 months 1 week ago
When it comes to non-conference schedules in 2020, the Big Ten has a solid assortment of contests on its plate. Big Ten schools will face opponents from the ACC, Big 12, and Pac-12 as well as some of the top Group of 5 contenders, Notre Dame and BYU. The month of September will have some big opportunities in non-conference play for the Big Ten to collectively do some chest-thumping, especially...