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

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 1 day 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...

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of...

Mountain West Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
San Diego State has claimed back-to-back Mountain West titles, and coach Rocky Long’s team begins 2017 in great shape to repeat. The Aztecs should be solid on defense once again, with the offense expected to lean heavily on the one-two punch of Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington to replace Donnel Pumphrey at running back. San Diego State is a heavy favorite to return to the conference...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days 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...

Mountain West Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
The Mountain West features an intriguing group of teams vying for the league title in 2017, so it’s no surprise Wyoming, San Diego State, Boise State and Colorado State lead the way in all-conference selections. The Aztecs feature the most players selected to the All-Mountain West team with 14, followed by Wyoming and Colorado State tied for second at 12. Boise State checks in fourth with...

Ranking the Mountain West's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Mountain West features a solid group of coaches for the 2017 season. Air Force's Troy Calhoun, San Diego State's Rocky Long and Wyoming's Craig Bohl rank as Athlon's top three coaches, but Boise State's Bryan Harsin isn't far behind, and Colorado State's Mike Bobo is a coach on the rise.    Success with any college football team starts with coaching....

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 18 hours ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. Last season, Louisville's Lamar Jackson emerged as a breakout...