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College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
College football’s 2020 season won't get underway until late August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are on the rise and are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2020 version of college football's teams on the rise features North Carolina, Arizona State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and Louisville from the Power...

Big Ten Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2020

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 1 day ago
Anyone who doubted what Ohio State could do going into the 2019 college football season with a new head coach must have forgotten just how much talent was on the roster. It did not take long to prove any doubters wrong as the Buckeyes ripped through their schedule flexing their muscles in a variety of ways. Even with some notable departures to the NFL this year, the 2020 season should not be...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
College football’s 2020 National Signing Day is officially in the books. As expected, top programs like Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and LSU signed prospects who will have a chance to play right away. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 6 days ago
What a decade the 2010s were in college football. It opened with conference realignment completely reshaping the sport's face, ushered in a playoff system, continued, ended and restarted the SEC's reign of dominance. Meanwhile, in the FCS, North Dakota State established the greatest modern dynasty in any sport by winning its eighth national title over the past nine years.   In...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The 2019 college football season featured 27 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. Ohio State's Ryan Day and Louisville's Scott Satterfield were considered two of the top hires last offseason and didn't disappoint in their first year at the helm. Day guided the Buckeyes to the CFB Playoff, while Satterfield led the...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2020?

By Mark Ross, 3 weeks 6 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. For the third straight season, nearly two-thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) will be new compared to this time last...

College Football's Top 35 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the 2020 season and the players returning: regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping conference title races and the national championship and playoff picture. Joe Burrow's breakout year was a big reason...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2020 draft officially passed on Friday, Jan. 17 and more than 100 players declared for the next level. As expected, projected first-round picks in Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah and end Chase Young and Georgia offensive lineman Andrew Thomas are headed for the next level. LSU was hit the hardest by departures, as...

Big Ten Football: Best Games of 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 1 week ago
Big Ten football provided plenty of excitement in 2019, from the culmination of one of the greatest careers ever in Jonathan Taylor; to Ryan Day taking over at Ohio State; and the stunning emergence of Minnesota.   This past campaign was special for the historic conference in a number of ways. The Big Ten also delivered on some of the most exciting games of the season.   10 Best...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2019 season complete after LSU defeated Clemson in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2020. Clemson takes the top spot in the very early top 25, followed by Ohio State at No. 2. Alabama checks in at No. 3 as a slight favorite over LSU (No. 4)...