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College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
College football’s 2019 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program looks for the upcoming season. And if teams didn't fill their needs on the recruiting trail, a trip to the transfer...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s 2019 season won't get underway until late August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2019 version of college football's teams on the rise features Texas, Utah, Oregon, Iowa State, and Texas A&M from the Power 5 ranks, along with Louisiana,...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2018 season officially in the books after Clemson's 44-16 win over Alabama, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 rankings for 2019. Alabama and Clemson have played four consecutive times in the CFB Playoff, and there's a good chance it happens again next season. The Tigers and Crimson...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2018 college football season featured 21 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. The 21 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2017 season, as 23 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a program, but some hires need a couple of years to...

Best Individual Performances of the 2018-19 College Football Season

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Heisman Trophy finalists — and should-have-been finalists — provided some of the most memorable moments of the 2018 college football season.   The campaign kicked off with some outstanding performances; tone-setters like Trayveon Williams rushing for 240 yards, a mark he'd just about bookend in bowl season. Some, like Memphis running back Darrell Henderson, began on...

When Does College Football Start in 2019?

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 12 hours ago
College football’s 2019 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24, with Arizona meeting Hawaii in a Week 0 matchup. The full Week 1 college football schedule of matchups is slated to begin on Thursday, Aug. 29. The opening Thursday of action features Utah at BYU, along with defending champion Clemson taking on Georgia Tech. The opening week of games continues on Friday with...

College Football's Top 30 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the 2019 season and the players returning: regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Breakout quarterbacks led the way for playoff teams in 2018, as Kyler...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2019 draft officially passed on Monday evening and more than 120 players declared for the next level. All four of the playoff teams from the 2018 season lost a key player early. Alabama has to replace two All-Americans in the trenches with Jonah Williams (LT) and Quinnen Williams (DT) headed to the NFL. Clemson is losing a couple of defensive...

Jalen Hurts: 15 Potential Transfer Destinations for the Former Alabama QB

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal and can be contacted by other teams and coaches in regards to a transfer for next season. Hurts has one season of eligibility remaining and is expected to be pursued by several teams looking for a quarterback for 2019.   Hurts accounted for 1,976 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns and threw for 5,626...

College Football Bowl Game Schedule 2018-19

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2018-19 bowl season kicks off on Dec. 15 and features 41 overall games, including the finale on Jan. 7 with the national championship in Santa Clara, Calif. Most of the bowl games will be televised by ESPN, but CBS, FOX, Fox Sports 1, ABC and CBS Sports Network will carry a couple of the postseason contests.   To help prepare your viewing experience for the...