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Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2020 season complete after Alabama's win in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2021. The Crimson Tide rank as the No. 1 team in the very early top 25, followed by Clemson at No. 2. Oklahoma is poised for a run at the national...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 15 changes, including moves at Texas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 15 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. At the top, it's a close call between the hires of Steve Sarkisian (Texas), Clark Lea (...

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s 2021 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 28 with a handful of matchups in Week 0. The schedule for that opening weekend could be tweaked, but Hawaii at UCLA and Nebraska at Illinois are the early highlights from the Week 0 games in 2021. The first full weekend of games for next season doesn’t lack for interesting matchups. Ohio State at Minnesota,...

Oregon Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism About the Ducks in 2021

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Back-to-back Pac-12 championships are nothing to scoff at, but both the circumstances of a weird 2020 title and the stated goals various Ducks offered up following the 2019 championship suggest Oregon football is out for more.   The Ducks underwent significant changes in 2020, Mario Cristobal's third full season at the helm. Despite losing four-year starting quarterback Justin...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Ranking the college football rosters for the 2021 season provides a unique window into the talent level for all teams and how that compares to win totals, conference championships, and success on a national level. Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or performing at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren'...

Pac-12 Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2021

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Oregon claimed its second consecutive Pac-12 championship to cap the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Whether you choose to acknowledge the asterisk that comes with that title or not, the Ducks' return to the top of the conference in terms of talent is undeniable.   The Pac-12 has taken some hits in national football media for the conference's lack of a College Football Playoff...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2021?

By Mark Ross, 3 weeks 2 days ago
If there's one word that can be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape, it's something that coaches and fans alike don't want to see from their signal-caller — turnover. Yet for the fourth straight season, more than half of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences will be new compared to this time last year.   It should be...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 20 hours ago
College football’s 2021 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Alabama signed the best class in modern recruiting history, with Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Oregon, LSU, USC and Texas A&M rounding out the next tier of top hauls for '21. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The 2020 college football season featured 24 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. UTSA's Jeff Traylor, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, Missouri's Eli Drinkwitz and Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin are just a couple of the coaches getting high marks from Athlon Sports for their coaching performance in 2020. Appalachian State's Shawn...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 3 days ago
Midway through the summer, the lingering COVID-19 pandemic threatened the 2020 college football season. The uncertainty of the offseason became a season of peculiarity, with some leagues starting in September and others in November. Games were postponed, lineups were altered, yet the campaign persisted.   One way or the other, the 2020 season played out to completion. Along the way, the...