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

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days 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...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 15 changes, including moves at Texas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 15 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 (...

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days 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 weeks 4 days 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'...

Notre Dame Football Schedule 2021

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 18 hours ago
Here's the Notre Dame football schedule with a full list of the Fighting Irish's 2021 opponents, game locations, with game times, TV channels coming as they're announced. Updated results with final scores will be added throughout the season.   Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2021 Schedule   Date: Opponent (Location) Sept. 5: at Florida State Seminoles (Tallahassee, Fla.)...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2021?

By Mark Ross, 3 weeks 2 days 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...

Notre Dame Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism About the Fighting Irish in 2021

By Juan Jose Rodriguez, 3 weeks 3 days ago
For most upper-echelon FBS programs, a stretch of four consecutive seasons of 10 or more wins with a pair of College Football Playoff appearances in that span would represent nothing short of an outstanding — and likely record-setting — accomplishment worthy of unfettered praise.   But for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, that stretch has likewise included two CFP semifinal...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 21 hours ago
College football’s 2021 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Alabama signed the best class in modern recruiting history, with Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Oregon, LSU, USC and Texas A&M rounding out the next tier of top hauls for '21. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The 2020 college football season featured 24 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. UTSA's Jeff Traylor, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, Missouri's Eli Drinkwitz and Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin are just a couple of the coaches getting high marks from Athlon Sports for their coaching performance in 2020. Appalachian State's Shawn...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 3 days ago
Midway through the summer, the lingering COVID-19 pandemic threatened the 2020 college football season. The uncertainty of the offseason became a season of peculiarity, with some leagues starting in September and others in November. Games were postponed, lineups were altered, yet the campaign persisted.   One way or the other, the 2020 season played out to completion. Along the way, the...