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Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2020 season complete after Alabama's win in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2021. The Crimson Tide rank as the No. 1 team in the very early top 25, followed by Clemson at No. 2. Oklahoma is poised for a run at the national...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 15 changes, including moves at Texas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 15 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. At the top, it's a close call between the hires of Steve Sarkisian (Texas), Clark Lea (...

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
College football’s 2021 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 28 with a handful of matchups in Week 0. The schedule for that opening weekend could be tweaked, but Hawaii at UCLA and Nebraska at Illinois are the early highlights from the Week 0 games in 2021. The first full weekend of games for next season doesn’t lack for interesting matchups. Ohio State at Minnesota,...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 19 hours ago
Ranking the college football rosters for the 2021 season provides a unique window into the talent level for all teams and how that compares to win totals, conference championships, and success on a national level. Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or performing at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren'...

Big 12 Football: What to Know About the 2021 Schedule

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 days ago
The Big 12 is the latest college football conference to release its 2021 schedule. On Thursday, the entire '21 slate was released, as the Big 12 — like all conferences in college football — hopes for a normal year next fall. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across schedules for all 130 teams in 2020. However, the Big 12 managed to play nearly all of its conference games, and...

Big 12 Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2021

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 months 5 days ago
The Big 12 played a pivotal role in salvaging the 2020 college football season. However, it's difficult to imagine a worse start for the league on the field, as Iowa State, Kansas State, and Kansas were all upset at home by Sun Belt opponents in their season openers. Texas Tech also narrowly avoided an embarrassing loss to FCS Houston Baptist. Things didn't improve much in the weeks to...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2021?

By Mark Ross, 2 months 5 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. Yet for the fourth straight season, more than half of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences will be new compared to this time last year.   It should be...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
College football’s 2021 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Alabama signed the best class in modern recruiting history, with Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Oregon, LSU, USC and Texas A&M rounding out the next tier of top hauls for '21. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The 2020 college football season featured 24 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. UTSA's Jeff Traylor, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, Missouri's Eli Drinkwitz and Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin are just a couple of the coaches getting high marks from Athlon Sports for their coaching performance in 2020. Appalachian State's Shawn...

Big 12 Football: 10 Toughest Players to Replace in 2021

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The Oklahoma Sooners came up short of a College Football Playoff bid last season but continued a string of Big 12 dominance that dates back to 2015. Oklahoma beat Iowa State 27-21 in the conference championship game, avenging a 37-30 loss from the regular season to win its sixth straight title. Naturally given the success of the program under head coach Lincoln Riley, the Sooners will be tasked...