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How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams. Sure, there are going to be hits and misses in the team and player projections each season, but there’s plenty of accuracy and meaning behind the final rankings.  ...

College Football 2017 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day ended with a familiar face at the top of the team recruiting rankings: Alabama. The Crimson Tide claimed the recruiting national championship for the seventh consecutive season with a clean sweep at the top of the four scouting services. Nick Saban reeled in six five-star prospects and 18 four-star recruits to claim another title on...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2017?

By Matt Fortuna, 1 month 3 weeks ago
As college football programs sign new future star quarterbacks while faces we became familiar with move on to the NFL, it is time to figure out just where all of this talent comes from.   For the third year in a row, Athlon Sports has tracked the roots of every projected starting quarterback for the upcoming season in the Power Five conferences, along with BYU and Notre Dame.  ...

College Football's 2017 Recruiting All-Name Team

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
National Signing Day typically happens on the first Wednesday in February every year, but perhaps it should be moved to December 25 since it essentially represents Christmas for college football head coaches across the nation. All of the hard work and long hours put in by the coaching staffs will finally bear fruit as high school seniors and a handful of junior college prospects will make...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new coach doesn’t necessarily guarantee long-term success, but it’s...

6 Junior College Transfers to Watch in the ACC for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is less than 10 days away, but some freshman and junior college prospects have already arrived on campus. The ACC has its share of talent through the freshmen ranks on the way and a small junior college crop of six players is set to arrive this offseason. While only six incoming junior college prospects are slated to join the ACC as of late...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the ACC in 2017

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 4 weeks ago
It was a banner football season for the ACC with a 9-3 bowl record and a national championship. One of the primary reasons for the league’s success was the number of quality quarterbacks in the conference. In 2017, many of the ACC teams that had great signal-callers will be breaking in new starters at the position.   Related: 10 ACC Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
The 2017 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players left for the NFL, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. That...

Early ACC Football Predictions for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
The ACC continued its upward trajectory after the conference claimed its second national championship in four seasons after Clemson’s victory over Alabama on Jan. 9. Thanks to outstanding coaching hires in recent years, the ACC has made progress in catching the Big Ten and SEC at the top of the conference power rankings. Could this league earn another national championship next fall?...

10 ACC Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 2 months 4 days ago
The ACC saw more than a dozen underclassmen declare for the upcoming NFL Draft, most of whom probably did not come as a surprise to their teammates and fans. Still, this is a league that was arguably the best in the nation in 2016, and it will be replacing players like a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and multiple 1,000-yard rushers — no easy feat to duplicate.   Related: ...