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Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 2 months ago
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive and compile a ranking of the top 50 players of the Athlon Sports era. This wasn’t easy. Our checklist contained more than 300...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

Notre Dame Football: 2017 Fighting Irish Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 2 months ago
Very little went right for Notre Dame and Brian Kelly last season. The Fighting Irish went from being a preseason top-10 team with College Football Playoff aspirations to finishing 4-8. To be fair, only one of the losses was by more than eight points, but that’s little consolation to frustrated Notre Dame fans. Kelly wasn’t pleased either, as he brought in new offensive and defensive...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 3 months ago
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus. The question for national title-aspiring programs remains: Do you schedule down in the non-conference and hope to pile...

Ranking the ACC's Mascots

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 3 months ago

7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Matt Fortuna, 1 year 3 months ago
Notre Dame had just two players drafted this past year: quarterback DeShone Kizer (2nd round, No. 52 overall, Cleveland) and defensive lineman Isaac Rochell (7th round, No. 225 overall, Los Angeles Chargers). The Fighting Irish had seven players drafted in 2016.   Of course, it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2018 NFL Draft, so let’s see who (in alphabetical order)...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 3 months ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Matt Fortuna, 1 year 4 months ago
Notre Dame always has one of the most intriguing schedules in the nation, as the Fighting Irish’s independent slate takes them from coast to coast. With that, of course, comes a ridiculous amount of debate about just how strong it is, since it’s such a unique lineup of opponents.   Related: Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017   This...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 months ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...

5 Players That Need to Emerge for Notre Dame in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 1 year 4 months ago
There were plenty of changes at Notre Dame following a 4-8 campaign in 2016. There are six new assistants, a new strength program and a desire from all to make sure something like last year never happens again.   Of course, that all starts with better play. So here are five Fighting Irish players who need to emerge in 2017 to spark a massive turnaround and get Notre Dame back on its feet...