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14 ACC Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 month 2 days ago
Looking into the crystal ball for the 2017 ACC season, you see many of the same teams at the top of the food chain.   Programs like Clemson, Florida State and Louisville in the Atlantic Division look to be the favorites again, while Miami and Virginia Tech figure to stand out in the Coastal.   But statistically, even though Clemson returns maybe the best defensive line in college...

College Football 2017 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks. Louisville's Lamar Jackson is the reigning Heisman winner, and he's joined by Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker...

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive and compile a ranking of the top 50 players of the Athlon Sports era. This wasn’t easy. Our checklist contained more than 300...

ACC Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The ACC stuffed the trophy case last season and claimed the top spot among college football’s conferences. Clemson defeated Alabama for the national title, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Florida State defeated Michigan in the Orange Bowl, and 11 teams finished with a winning record. Additionally, the ACC capped a strong regular season by claiming nine bowl...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar...

Pitt Football: 2017 Panthers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Pittsburgh beat a pair of conference champions (Clemson, Penn State) last season, but the 2017 Panthers are going to look a lot different. More than half of the starting lineup is gone as the offense will be led by a graduate transfer quarterback and the defense features a practically brand-new front seven. Pitt has been a solid team in the first two seasons under head coach Pat Narduzzi, but...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 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...

ACC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 5 days ago
The ACC had a banner year in 2016, as Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson claimed the Heisman Trophy, and Clemson hoisted the national championship trophy after beating Alabama in Tampa. The league is poised for another standout season this fall, as Florida State ranks as a projected playoff team by Athlon Sports, with Clemson, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Miami all ranking inside of the top...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 2 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...

ACC's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 2 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...