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Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2019?

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 3 days ago
If one word could be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape it would be — change. The annual quarterback churn is in full effect as the combination of graduations, early departures by underclassmen, and a rash of transfers means that for the second straight season nearly two thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s 2019 season won't get underway until late August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2019 version of college football's teams on the rise features Texas, Utah, Oregon, Iowa State, and Texas A&M from the Power 5 ranks, along with Louisiana,...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2018 season officially in the books after Clemson's 44-16 win over Alabama, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 rankings for 2019. Alabama and Clemson have played four consecutive times in the CFB Playoff, and there's a good chance it happens again next season. The Tigers and Crimson...

Stanford Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism About the Cardinal in 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Want some context as to just how good Stanford football has been in David Shaw's time coaching the program? The Cardinal's 9-4 mark in 2018 could reasonably be considered a down year.   Bryce Love's return after finishing as the program's fourth Heisman Trophy runner-up since 2009 (marking the fifth season a Cardinal player came in second for the award) set high...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
The 2018 college football season featured 21 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. The 21 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2017 season, as 23 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a program, but some hires need a couple of years to...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Pac-12 in 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The Pac-12 looks like an early winner of the NFL draft early entrant pool, with fewer than a dozen underclassmen declaring. The retention of several talented, draft-eligible players offers hope that the conference will bounce back from a pedestrian 2018.   Still, those who are leaving were impact players not easily replaced. This extends both to the early entrants, and the outgoing...

Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The memories of the 2018 college football season are still fresh for many, but it is never too early to begin looking forward to the '19 campaign. With a number of good matchups to look forward to next fall, how could you not start looking over the schedules and picking out the games you are most looking forward to seeing play out?   It will not be shocking to see defending...

When Does College Football Start in 2019?

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s 2019 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24, with Arizona meeting Hawaii in a Week 0 matchup. The full Week 1 college football schedule of matchups is slated to begin on Thursday, Aug. 29. The opening Thursday of action features Utah at BYU, along with defending champion Clemson taking on Georgia Tech. The opening week of games continues on Friday with...

The Pac-12's Best College Football Games of 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 19 hours ago
  The Pac-12 probably embraced the start of a new year. The 2018 season was not especially kind to the conference, which got pummelled on the PR front before it even started for its 1-8 bowl record to conclude the '17 campaign. An officiating controversy marred a great USC-Washington State game (that just missed the cut for this countdown), and a second straight season with the...

College Football's Top 30 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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 2019 season and the players returning: regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Breakout quarterbacks led the way for playoff teams in 2018, as Kyler...