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Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 6 days 18 hours ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

Ranking the Big 12 Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
The Big 12 features a solid collection of running backs at the top of the league, as West Virginia’s Justin Crawford, Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill, Baylor’s Terence Williams and TCU’s Kyle Hicks are back after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in 2016. Texas junior Chris Warren is healthy after missing most of last year due to a knee injury, and he’s expected to...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 3 days ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the Big 12

By Matt Josephs, 1 week 5 days ago
It has not been a dull offseason for the Big 12, highlighted by the departure of longtime Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. In addition, more news kept coming out of Baylor. Unfortunately, it was predominantly negative.   As for the 2017 season on the field, expect plenty of points to be scored and the Big 12 to get plenty of opportunities to improve its standing and reputation as it...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 2 days ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...

Big 12 Wild Card Players in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 4 days ago
A year ago, fresh faces such as Oklahoma edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas helped shape the Big 12 race. Other programs counted on newcomers and unknowns who ultimately didn’t have the same impact on the field.   Here are some of the wild cards who could have a hand in setting the course of the Big 12 this season.   Baylor Bears...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle. While no hire can be judged accurately prior to the first game or even after the completion of a full season, this year’s cycle didn...

10 Big 12 Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 4 days ago
An ongoing run of futility. A legend's last year? Bad defense.   One statistic can sum up a lot about a college football team. In the Big 12 this year, a successful season for each program could hinge on one key number, be it a quarterback's efficiency or how many fumbles a team recovers.   Here's a vital stat or number for every team in the Big 12 in 2017.  ...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...