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Tennessee Football: Volunteers All-Decade Team

By Rob McVey, 6 days 10 hours ago
It’s fair to say that the past 10 years have not been particularly kind to Tennessee football. A decade that kicked off with the surprise departure of Lane Kiffin and the burning of mattresses. Followed by the disaster known as the Derek Dooley era, highlighted by orange britches and locker room speeches on personal hygiene. Then came the rise and fall that encompassed the Butch Jones era...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
College football’s 2020 National Signing Day is officially in the books. As expected, top programs like Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and LSU signed prospects who will have a chance to play right away. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
The 2019 college football season featured 27 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. Ohio State's Ryan Day and Louisville's Scott Satterfield were considered two of the top hires last offseason and didn't disappoint in their first year at the helm. Day guided the Buckeyes to the CFB Playoff, while Satterfield led the...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2020?

By Mark Ross, 2 weeks 3 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. For the third straight season, nearly two-thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) will be new compared to this time last...

5 Most Successful Transfers in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 2 weeks 4 days ago
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow ended the 2019 college football season with many honors: Heisman Trophy winner, national champion, LSU all-time leader in career touchdowns. He also holds another unique distinction, the most successful transfer in college football history. Given the other players on this list, that’s pretty high praise.   NOTE: I did not include junior college transfers...

College Football's Top 35 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days 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 2020 season and the players returning: regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping conference title races and the national championship and playoff picture. Joe Burrow's breakout year was a big reason...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2020 draft officially passed on Friday, Jan. 17 and more than 100 players declared for the next level. As expected, projected first-round picks in Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah and end Chase Young and Georgia offensive lineman Andrew Thomas are headed for the next level. LSU was hit the hardest by departures, as...

Early SEC Football Predictions for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
The SEC is never short on intrigue, but as evidenced by the early predictions and rankings, the 2020 season could feature two wide-open races atop the divisions. In the East, Florida and Georgia should be locked into a tight battle for the top spot, with Tennessee expected to close the gap and contend for a finish in the top 25. The Gators have a slight edge over the Bulldogs for now, but...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2019 season complete after LSU defeated Clemson in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2020. Clemson takes the top spot in the very early top 25, followed by Ohio State at No. 2. Alabama checks in at No. 3 as a slight favorite over LSU (No. 4)...

Ranking Every College Football National Champion Over the Last 50 Years

By Aaron Tallent, 1 month 3 days ago
Every college football team that won a national championship team was great, but I have attempted to rank every title-winning squad over the past 50 years by asking the following questions:   How strong was their schedule? What was their record? How dominant were their wins? Did they win their conference? Did they win their bowl game? How many elite players did they have?  ...