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College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

Big Ten Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten features four teams - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State - inside of Athlon’s top 25 for 2017. These four teams return a good chunk of talent this year, with 14 Buckeyes earning a spot on Athlon’s All-Big Ten team, and the Nittany Lions and Badgers each garnering 12 selections. The Wolverines aren’t far behind with nine picks, but Iowa (10) and...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
College football’s best collection of head coaches resides in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer boasts three national championships in his career and takes the top spot in Athlon’s rankings. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Penn State’s James Franklin and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald round out an impressive top five. And the...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Minnesota's College Football Schedule in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 1 week ago
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are in the rare position of going through a coaching change after what was – by most accounts – a successful season. New head coach P.J. Fleck inherited a relatively experienced team that could realistically contend for a Big Ten West title.   The 2017 schedule will present some significant challenges toward achieving that accomplishment, as the...

Big Ten Football 2017 Returning Starters Analysis

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on the numbers, the data is an interesting early look at how teams are shaping up for the upcoming season.   The Big Ten should have a couple of...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 weeks ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

Ranking the Big Ten’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The 2016 Big Ten season may not have ended the way you would have expected. Who could have seen it coming, with Penn State getting blown out at Michigan and losing on the road in Pennsylvania for a second straight season (at Temple in 2015, at Pittsburgh in '16), and then stunning Ohio State with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown? The lesson learned in 2016 is every game means...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...