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College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme. The 2017 season...

College Football's Top 50 Offensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receiver Groups for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The 2017 season features a significant amount of turnover at wide receiver, opening the door for new stars and breakout players to emerge this fall. However, despite some big names moving onto the NFL, there is a clear No. 1 receiver group returning this season. Oklahoma State is loaded with talent, including first-team All-American James Washington, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson and senior Marcell...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has talked about strength of schedule playing an important role in their final rankings and teams are really paying attention on that front judging by the burgeoning number of terrific non-conference matchups. Last season brought us one of the greatest slates ever across the country and 2017 isn’t much different with numerous blockbuster...

Coaches Talk Anonymously About Notre Dame for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used throughout the offseason or regular season.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches...

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago
College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to Texas to take over the defensive signals in Austin. LSU hopes Matt Canada can jumpstart its offense, and Oregon hired Jim Leavitt from Colorado to...

Why Does "The Fade" Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone. It lands two yards out of bounds, safely out of reach of the nearest offensive and defensive players. You fill with rage. You scream obscenities at...

Breaking Down the Talent at Each of Notre Dame's Position Groups for 2017

By Juan Jose Rodriguez, 3 months 8 hours ago
When Notre Dame takes the field for its season opener at home on Sept. 2, a majority of last year's starters will once again be in uniform for the first drive. However, there will be plenty of new starters — especially on offense — with redshirt sophomore quarterback Brandon Wimbush likely the most notable.   Aside from Wimbush, who takes over after his two predecessors...

5 Players that Need to Step Up for Notre Dame in 2017

By Juan Jose Rodriguez, 3 months 3 days ago
Though the Fighting Irish suffered through a disappointing 4-8 record in 2016, there were some bright spots that shone through during the trying times. DeShone Kizer performed reasonably well despite the record, leading to being selected 52nd overall by the Cleveland Browns.   Running backs Josh Adams and Dexter Williams combined for a dynamic ground attack last year and enter their...