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

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 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...

Syracuse Football: 2017 Orange Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 1 week ago
Dino Babers’ first season at Syracuse produced just four wins as one of the nation’s most productive passing attacks couldn’t overcome one of the most generous defenses. The offense should continue to improve with nine returning starters, including one of the ACC's top quarterbacks in Eric Dungey. The defense returns even more experience (10 starters) but has farther to...

ACC Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 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...

ACC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 weeks 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, 5 months 4 days 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, 5 months 6 days 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...

Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
The coaching depth and talent has improved significantly within the ACC over the last five seasons. The top of the league is headlined by Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, and a solid second tier is in place with Miami’s Mark Richt, Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente and Duke’s David Cutcliffe. But the real test of...

Ranking the ACC's Mascots

By J.P. Scott, 5 months 1 week ago

25 Redshirt Freshmen to Watch in the ACC in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign. A variety of reasons could be pinpointed for the redshirt year, but the extra time could be beneficial to learn a scheme, develop physically in the weight room or help provide some...