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College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2019 season won't get underway until late August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2019 version of college football's teams on the rise features Texas, Utah, Oregon, Iowa State, and Texas A&M from the Power 5 ranks, along with Louisiana,...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2018 season officially in the books after Clemson's 44-16 win over Alabama, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 rankings for 2019. Alabama and Clemson have played four consecutive times in the CFB Playoff, and there's a good chance it happens again next season. The Tigers and Crimson...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The 2018 college football season featured 21 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. The 21 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2017 season, as 23 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a program, but some hires need a couple of years to...

5 Most Successful Transfers in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Jalen Hurts may be the most high-profile transfer in college football history. He went 26-2 as a starter at Alabama before losing the job to Tua Tagovailoa and now takes his talents to Oklahoma, where he is expected to replace Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who rose to stardom after transferring to the Sooners from Texas A&M.   Will Hurts be successful? I’m guessing yes,...

Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The memories of the 2018 college football season are still fresh for many, but it is never too early to begin looking forward to the '19 campaign. With a number of good matchups to look forward to next fall, how could you not start looking over the schedules and picking out the games you are most looking forward to seeing play out?   It will not be shocking to see defending...

When Does College Football Start in 2019?

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago
College football’s 2019 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24, with Arizona meeting Hawaii in a Week 0 matchup. The full Week 1 college football schedule of matchups is slated to begin on Thursday, Aug. 29. The opening Thursday of action features Utah at BYU, along with defending champion Clemson taking on Georgia Tech. The opening week of games continues on Friday with...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Big Ten in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 4 weeks ago
With a record number of underclassmen declaring early for the NFL draft this spring piled on top of the seniors graduating and a number of transfers, the 2019 season could see plenty of position battles brewing this spring. Big shoes need to be filled across the Big Ten and other conferences, some more difficult to replace than others.   Here are the 10 (or more) players that will be the...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 4 weeks ago
College football's season is the shortest of any major sport. We must cherish the autumns as a result; and when the long road of another offseason arrives, we cherish the memories.   Despite lacking much in the way of landscape-altering upsets, the 2018 campaign still managed to provide enough drama to sate college football's passionate fans. In particular, a top-heavy campaign...

Penn State Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism About the Nittany Lions in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Penn State started the 2018 season with high expectations of competing for a Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. But the Nittany Lions had to settle for third place in the Big Ten East Division behind Ohio State and Michigan, losing games to each along the way as well as Michigan State. And with another year of some roster turnover between graduating players, a hefty number...

10 Big Ten Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 3 days ago
The Big Ten may not be the conference leading the way in the NFL draft these days, but there will be plenty of underclassmen from Big Ten programs making some waves come late April. From a potential top quarterback prospect to a handful of top defensive linemen, the Big Ten could be well-represented in the draft this season just with underclassmen alone.   But once those players have left...