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15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 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...

Oklahoma Football: 2017 Sooners Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 18 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, 4 months 3 days 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...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 4 months 1 week 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...

Big 12’s Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 1 week 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...

Top 25 Big 12 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 4 months 3 weeks ago
A grand total of 14 players from the Big 12 were selected in last weekend’s NFL draft, so a top 25 list for next season seems like either overkill or wishful thinking.   Frankly, a few of the names below are serious reaches – especially the underclassmen. That being said, the quality quotient of those likely to hear their names called appears high. It wouldn’t...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 4 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...

Ranking the Big 12’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 5 months 1 day ago
The big question about the difficulty of Big 12 teams’ schedules this year: Where do you play Oklahoma?   The Big 12’s round-robin approach creates a high degree of uniformity among its members’ individual schedules. Some, such as Texas, stand out for their non-conference commitments. However, with the Sooners coming off back-to-back league championships, traveling...

Oklahoma State Cowboys 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Allen Kenney, 5 months 6 days ago
With star quarterback Mason Rudolph and an abundance of offensive weapons back in 2017, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have dark horse hopes of winning the Big 12 and qualifying for the College Football Playoff. The schedule generally seems to break in their favor, as projected contenders Oklahoma and Kansas State play OSU at T. Boone Pickens Stadium.   Related: Oklahoma State Cowboys 2017...

Oklahoma Sooners 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Allen Kenney, 5 months 1 week ago
Once again, Oklahoma enters a season as the consensus favorite to win the Big 12. The Sooners also harbor hopes of securing their second bid to the College Football Playoff in what will be its fourth year in existence.   Related: Oklahoma Sooners 2017 Spring Football Preview   The schedule puts plenty of roadblocks in their way this year. An away game at Ohio State looks...