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College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
College football’s 2018 National Signing Day is officially in the books. 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 their program looks for the upcoming season. With spring practice just around the corner, the focus around the nation now shifts to...

College Football 2018 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
College football’s 2018 National Signing Day is in the books, and there's a new No. 1 at the top of the team recruiting rankings. Georgia coach Kirby Smart landed the best overall haul in the nation, taking home the top spot in all three recruiting services. Smart landed a standout class in the early signing period and only added to it on Wednesday. Ohio State, Texas, Penn State...

National Signing Day 2018 Winners and Losers

By Ryan Wright, 1 week 2 days ago
National Signing Day maybe the embodiment of the sentiment that hope springs eternal when it comes to college football. One day a year, every college football program across the country has reason to cheer with optimism welling up from within based on the new talent soon to come to campus.   For every five-star player hyped to be the next All-American, there are undervalued and...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2018?

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 2 days ago
With National Signing Day upon us and the NFL draft less than three months away, college football’s annual quarterback churn is in full effect. And 2018 will feature plenty of changes as the combination of graduation and early departures by underclassmen means nearly two thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power Five conferences alone will be new compared to this time...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
College football’s 2017-18 coaching carousel featured 21 changes, including moves at big-time programs like Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon and Florida State. With the carousel completed and all 21 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. Nebraska hit a home run with former quarterback Scott Frost returning to...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The 2018 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. Houston's Ed Oliver takes the top spot in Athlon's early top 50 players returning for 2018, with Clemson's Christian Wilkins and Stanford's Bryce Love rounding out the top three. It's a...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Big 12 in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The Big 12 enjoyed a stellar season in 2017 thanks in large part to a slew of veteran stars across the conference.   The picture for the upcoming year looks a little murkier with many of those known commodities gone to the NFL. Everyone from conference champion Oklahoma to cellar-dwelling Kansas appears to be losing key pieces from a year ago.   In no particular order, here are...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
The 2017 college football season featured 23 new coaches at FBS programs. The 23 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2016 season, as 28 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s 2018 season won't get underway until 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 2018 version of college football's teams on the rise features West Virginia, Arizona, Georgia and Florida State from the Power 5 ranks, along with Houston, Temple and...

College Football's Top 30 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 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 2018 season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is likely to supplant Jalen Hurts as the team...