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Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 1 week ago
The ACC is losing a good bit of star power from the running back ranks from last year’s group. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Pitt’s James Conner and Clemson’s Wayne Gallman decided to leave early for the NFL, while NC State’s Matt Dayes and Virginia’s Taquan Mizzell expired their eligibility. The departure of last year’s top backs leaves just one player...

ACC's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 1 week ago
The ACC’s coordinator carousel was relatively light on changes for the 2017 season. Five of the league’s 14 teams had some sort of switch in title or coordinator calling the plays. Louisville was the only team to make a change on both sides of the ball, as veteran offensive line coach Mike Summers was named co-offensive coordinator, and Peter Sirmon replaces Todd Grantham as the...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 1 week ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 1 week ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

What if the SEC and ACC College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game in 2017?

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Major League Baseball’s 2017 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level.   The ACC and SEC ended 2016 at the top of the...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 2 weeks 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...

How the ACC is Making a Serious Play for College Football Conference Supremacy

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 3 weeks ago
A funny thing happened in college football last season: The ACC was the best conference. No, seriously.   We’re only a couple years removed from a time when the ACC regularly challenged the old Big East for the label of worst major football conference. From 1998 through 2011, the ACC had a 2–13 record in BCS bowls and was a laughingstock.   But the narrative turned...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 4 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...

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

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 4 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...