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

By Athlon Sports, 4 days 3 hours 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...

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of...

Big 12 Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 hours ago
The race to win the Big 12 in 2017 took an interesting turn this offseason. Oklahoma is Athlon’s predicted champion, but the Sooners will be under the direction of new coach Lincoln Riley after Bob Stoops retired in June. Riley will continue to direct Oklahoma’s high-powered offense, which is good news for the Heisman hopes of quarterback Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma State and Texas are...

10 Greatest Moments of Bob Stoops’ College Football Career

By Aaron Tallent, 2 weeks 1 day ago
College football will not be the same with the retirement of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. Formerly the longest tenured head coach in the FBS, Stoops announced his retirement on Wednesday saying, “the timing is perfect to hand over the reins” to offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. This fall will mark the first season since 1978 where Stoops is not an active participant in a...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar...

Big 12's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The Big 12 didn’t experience a ton of turnover in the coordinator ranks this offseason, but there were a few big changes to watch in 2017. Doug Meacham left behind his play-calling duties at TCU to coordinate the offense under coach David Beaty at Kansas. Meacham’s arrival should provide an instant spark for the Jayhawks’ attack. On defense, the addition of Todd Orlando as...

Top 25 College Football Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 3 weeks 1 day ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days 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...

Oklahoma Football: 2017 Sooners Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 3 hours ago
Oklahoma returns just about everyone on offense, including Heisman Trophy contender Baker Mayfield, as the Sooners look to make it three Big 12 titles in a row. Mayfield will need a new No. 1 target and the backfield is unproven, but a veteran offensive line should help this attack remain productive. There’s more pressure on a defense that features some standouts, but needs others to...

Big 12 Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
The Big 12’s 2017 all-conference team features a three-way tie at the top for the most selections. Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all feature 15 picks for Athlon’s 2017 All-Big 12 team, while Kansas State checks in second at 13 selections. The Sooners feature quarterback Baker Mayfield and standout tackle Orlando Brown on the first team. Oklahoma State receiver James Washington...