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Ranking the Big 12's Football Rosters for 2018

By Allen Kenney, 1 week 1 day ago
Last year, the Oklahoma Sooners surpassed their rivals from south of the Red River on top of the Big 12 in terms of overall roster talent. Even though OU usually got the better of Texas on the field for the last two decades, the Longhorns maintained a firm grip on the title of the most talented team based on recruiting rankings. That changed in 2017 when the Sooners nudged ahead amid...

Way-Too-Early College Football 130 Team Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
With signing day completed, the focus for all 130 college football teams shifts to spring practice. And with every program hitting the field for offseason workouts, it’s never too early to look at the year ahead and project where all 130 teams could rank when the official Athlon Sports magazine predictions are released later this summer.   Expect several tweaks to this NCAA football...

5 Newcomers to Watch for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 1 week 2 days ago
The Oklahoma Sooners landed their second straight top-10 recruiting class in 2018, a 22-man group with 13 blue-chip talents (rated four- or five-stars).   OU head coach Lincoln Riley clearly saw a need to lift the level of talent on a beleaguered defense that opponents routinely lit up last season. The Sooners loaded up with 13 signees on that side of the ball.   Ten members of...

How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 19 hours 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...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 19 hours 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, 2 weeks 19 hours 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, 3 weeks 19 hours 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, 3 weeks 20 hours 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 2 days 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...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Big 12 in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 6 days ago
The Big 12 enjoyed a stellar season in 2017 thanks in large part to a slew of veteran stars across the conference.   The picture for the upcoming year looks a little murkier with many of those known commodities gone to the NFL. Everyone from conference champion Oklahoma to cellar-dwelling Kansas appears to be losing key pieces from a year ago.   In no particular order, here are...