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Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.   When evaluating and ranking all 130 coaches, we established a simple criteria: Everything is considered when ranking head coaches. This is not...

College Football 2017 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 days ago
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks. Louisville's Lamar Jackson is the reigning Heisman winner, and he's joined by Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Notre Dame’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 months 4 days ago
Notre Dame’s schedule is always a great source of intrigue, as the independent Fighting Irish play a national slate from coast to coast. That makes measuring the program’s schedule strength something of a chore every year, as it isn’t as simple as it would be when assessing an entire conference’s value year-to-year.   While there are the always familiar names like...

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

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 4 days 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, 4 months 3 weeks 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, 5 months 15 hours 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, 5 months 5 days 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, 5 months 1 week ago

7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Matt Fortuna, 5 months 3 weeks 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, 5 months 3 weeks 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...