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Heisman Watch: Ranking the ACC’s Top Candidates for 2017

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 week 6 days ago
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner resides in the ACC. However, most of the other candidates for this coming season do not.   Lamar Jackson of Louisville proved to be a one-man wrecking crew as a sophomore, as the quarterback took the college football landscape by storm and won the sport's most prestigious award despite his team falling apart down the stretch.   Projecting...

Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
A year after the ACC featured one of its deepest quarterback groups in recent memory, the conference enters 2017 with turnover at several programs. Gone are standouts like Deshaun Watson, Brad Kaaya, Jerod Evans, Mitch Trubisky and Nathan Peterman. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson – the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner – and Florida State’s Deondre Francois are the top two...

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 4 days ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the ACC

By Matt Josephs, 3 weeks 2 days ago
I don't know if it's possible for a conference to have a better season then the ACC did in 2016. They had the national champion as well as the Orange Bowl champion in Florida State. Six other teams won their bowl games and Lamar Jackson took the Heisman. It'll be hard to match that in 2017, but there are plenty of chances for early momentum. We'll examine the conference win...

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to Texas to take over the defensive signals in Austin. LSU hopes Matt Canada can jumpstart its offense, and Oregon hired Jim Leavitt from Colorado to...

Why Does "The Fade" Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone. It lands two yards out of bounds, safely out of reach of the nearest offensive and defensive players. You fill with rage. You scream obscenities at...

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 19 hours ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
The ACC is losing a good bit of star power from the running back ranks from last year’s group. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Pitt’s James Conner and Clemson’s Wayne Gallman decided to leave early for the NFL, while NC State’s Matt Dayes and Virginia’s Taquan Mizzell expired their eligibility. The departure of last year’s top backs leaves just one player...

ACC's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
The ACC’s coordinator carousel was relatively light on changes for the 2017 season. Five of the league’s 14 teams had some sort of switch in title or coordinator calling the plays. Louisville was the only team to make a change on both sides of the ball, as veteran offensive line coach Mike Summers was named co-offensive coordinator, and Peter Sirmon replaces Todd Grantham as the...