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College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...

Oklahoma State Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 months 1 week ago
Once again, Oklahoma State made it to the final game of the season in 2016 with a chance to win the Big 12. Just like the year before, the Cowboys came away with a second-place finish.   The Pokes should find themselves in contention for the league title again in 2017. The Mason Rudolph-to-James Washington connection gives them the best quarterback-wide receiver combo of any offense in...

Big 12 Wild Card Players in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 months 2 weeks ago
A year ago, fresh faces such as Oklahoma edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas helped shape the Big 12 race. Other programs counted on newcomers and unknowns who ultimately didn’t have the same impact on the field.   Here are some of the wild cards who could have a hand in setting the course of the Big 12 this season.   Baylor Bears...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle. While no hire can be judged accurately prior to the first game or even after the completion of a full season, this year’s cycle didn...

10 Big 12 Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 months 3 weeks ago
An ongoing run of futility. A legend's last year? Bad defense.   One statistic can sum up a lot about a college football team. In the Big 12 this year, a successful season for each program could hinge on one key number, be it a quarterback's efficiency or how many fumbles a team recovers.   Here's a vital stat or number for every team in the Big 12 in 2017.  ...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (30-11)

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (10-1)

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

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...

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
With Gary Patterson at TCU, Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and Bill Snyder at Kansas State, the Big 12 is home to some of college football's top coaches. And the depth in the league improved over the offseason, as Texas hired Tom Herman to replace Charlie Strong, and Baylor hired Matt Rhule as the program's new full-time coach after an interim year under Jim Grobe. And there was some...