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How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days 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. New coaches...

5 Things We Learned About Notre Dame After National Signing Day

By Jon Kinne, 1 week 5 days ago
Like most programs in America, Notre Dame locked up the bulk of its 2018 recruiting class during the early signing period in December. The Irish did have a good National Signing Day on Wednesday, grabbing five more prospects at positions of need.   Now that it’s over and we know which players will be donning the blue and gold for the first time next fall, here’s a look at...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
College football’s 2018 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. With spring practice just around the corner, the focus around the nation now shifts to...

College Football 2018 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
College football’s 2018 National Signing Day is in the books, and there's a new No. 1 at the top of the team recruiting rankings. Georgia coach Kirby Smart landed the best overall haul in the nation, taking home the top spot in all three recruiting services. Smart landed a standout class in the early signing period and only added to it on Wednesday. Ohio State, Texas, Penn State...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2018?

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 5 days ago
With National Signing Day upon us and the NFL draft less than three months away, college football’s annual quarterback churn is in full effect. And 2018 will feature plenty of changes as the combination of graduation and early departures by underclassmen means nearly two thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power Five conferences alone will be new compared to this time...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s 2017-18 coaching carousel featured 21 changes, including moves at big-time programs like Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon and Florida State. With the carousel completed and all 21 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. Nebraska hit a home run with former quarterback Scott Frost returning to...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 hours ago
The 2018 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. Houston's Ed Oliver takes the top spot in Athlon's early top 50 players returning for 2018, with Clemson's Christian Wilkins and Stanford's Bryce Love rounding out the top three. It's a...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The 2017 college football season featured 23 new coaches at FBS programs. The 23 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2016 season, as 28 different programs had a change in the full-time role. 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...

3 Reasons for Optimism About the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2018

By Jon Kinne, 3 weeks 6 days ago
A year ago this time, Notre Dame football was in an ugly place. The Fighting Irish were coming off a 4-8 season and the NCAA had mandated that the program vacate the 21 wins from the 2012 and '13 seasons. Head coach Brian Kelly blew up the coaching staff, but many supporters of the program didn’t think those changes were enough.   One year later, Notre Dame goes into the...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days ago
College football’s 2018 season won't get underway until 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 2018 version of college football's teams on the rise features West Virginia, Arizona, Georgia and Florida State from the Power 5 ranks, along with Houston, Temple and...