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

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 days 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...

American Athletic Conference Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The American Athletic Conference leads the way among Group of 5 leagues, with USF entering 2017 as the clear favorite. The Bulls are the predicted champion by Athlon Sports, and coach Charlie Strong’s team has a good shot at an undefeated record. Defending AAC champion Temple and UCF are the top challengers to USF in the East Division. The race to win the West Division is crowded at the...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 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...

Top 25 College Football Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 weeks 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 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...

Group of Five's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 weeks 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...

American Athletic 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
USF is the projected top Group of 5 team from the 2017 Athlon Sports rankings, and the Bulls are loaded with talent for coach Charlie Strong’s debut. USF features 15 players on the 2017 American Athletic All-Conference team by Athlon Sports, which is the most of any team in the league. In addition to star quarterback Quinton Flowers, the Bulls have three first-team defenders. Memphis (13)...

USF Football: 2017 Bulls Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 11 hours ago
Led by dynamic senior quarterback Quinton Flowers, USF is Athlon’s projected top team from the American Athletic Conference and from the Group of 5 leagues. Flowers will have to handle more of the workload on offense after the departure of running back Marlon Mack to the NFL, but he’s more than capable after a standout junior campaign. New coach Charlie Strong is tasked with...

Ranking the American Athletic Conference's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The American Athletic Conference has seen its share of coaching changes in recent years. The 12 programs in the league have a knack for finding the next stars in the coaching ranks, and this conference has several names to watch in 2017 and beyond. Tulsa's Philip Montgomery and Memphis' Mike Norvell are two coaches on the rise, while Navy's Ken Niumatalolo consistently wins at a...