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Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 16 changes, including moves at Texas, Kansas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 16 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 (...

15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 days ago
Gonzaga entered the 2021 NCAA Tournament with an opportunity to make history by going undefeated but the heavy favorites fell to Baylor in the national championship game. As great a season as the Bulldogs had up to that point, they will always be remembered for the one loss, and they aren't alone.   In fact, the 2020-21 Gonzaga Bulldogs barely make the list of the 15 best college...

NC State Football: Wolfpack's 2021 Spring Preview

By Antwan Staley, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Last season, the NC State Wolfpack only had a handful of practices before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the rest of their spring session.   Despite the lack of practice time in the spring, head coach Dave Doeren's Wolfpack finished 8-4, capped off by a Gator Bowl loss to Kentucky.   While the season didn't end on a high note, there are several reasons for optimism for NC...

35 Key College Football Super Seniors Returning in 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college football’s 2020 season was unusual in many ways. Conferences starting play at different times, canceled games, bowl matchups shifted to different locations, and more uncertainty as to who on the roster was available on a week-to-week basis were just a few ways the ’20 season was unique. However, in addition to all of those factors, last year was...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The countdown to the 2021 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. As always, one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. This spot is always under the microscope and could be the difference between...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2020 season complete after Alabama's win in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2021. The Crimson Tide rank as the No. 1 team in the very early top 25, followed by Clemson at No. 2. Oklahoma is poised for a run at the national...

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks 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 months 3 weeks 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, 2 months 3 weeks 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...

ACC Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2021

By Jon Kinne, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Over the past decade, the Atlantic has been the dominant division of the ACC. Clemson has been king for several years and before the Tigers' arrival at the top, Florida State ruled the roost. Since Virginia Tech's conference title in 2010, the Tigers and the Seminoles have combined to give the Atlantic Division 10 straight ACC champions.   But could things be turning in the...