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Ranking the American Athletic Conference's College Football Coaches for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
The American Athletic Conference has experienced its share of coaching turnover in recent years. Only four of the league's coaches - Willie Fritz, Mike Norvell, Philip Montgomery and Ken Niumatalolo - have spent the last three years at their current school. Niumatalolo takes the top spot in Athlon's American Athletic Conference coach rankings for 2019, but the gap has closed to Norvell,...

American Athletic Conference Football 2019 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The American Athletic Conference ranks as the best league in the Group of 5, and it’s no surprise a couple of familiar faces - UCF, Memphis, Cincinnati and Houston - lead the way in the 2019 predictions. The Knights are 25-1 over the last two seasons and are Athlon’s pick to win the AAC and finish this year ranked as the highest team among Group of 5 conference champions. UCF...

College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The 2019 college football season officially begins on Saturday, Aug. 24, but it's never too early to start thinking about what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, two teams - Clemson and Alabama - are a step ahead of the rest of the college football world and are poised...

American Athletic 2019 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The 2019 American Athletic All-Conference team is anchored by 13 selections from UCF and Cincinnati, followed by USF at 12 and Houston, Memphis and Temple with 11. SMU, Tulsa and Tulane headline the next tier with nine selections apiece on the 2019 All-AAC squad.   An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2019. Career statistics...

UCF Football: 2019 Knights Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The transition at head coach from Scott Frost to Josh Heupel was a seamless one for UCF, as the Knights capped the 2018 season with a 12-1 mark and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. Heupel's second year features more question marks than his debut, but UCF is Athlon's pick to rank as the top Group of 5 team once again. With McKenzie Milton sidelined for 2019, Notre Dame transfer Brandon...

Ranking All 130 College Football Coaching Jobs for 2019

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Debating the best job among all 130 college football teams or within any conference is always an ongoing discussion. The debate doesn’t start with a small sample size but should take into account more of a long-term (both past and future) in order to get a better snapshot of the program. Every college football program is unique and has its own set of challenges. But some programs are...

2019 American Athletic Conference Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The American Athletic Conference features a deep group of quarterbacks for the 2019 season. Houston’s D’Eriq King is the league’s No. 1 signal-caller and ranks among the best in college football. Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder and Memphis’ Brady White headline the next tier, with transfers Brandon Wimbush (UCF) and Shane Buechele (SMU) looking to make an impact at...

College Football's Top 12 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and as evidenced by the recent wave of departures, quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time. While developing a quarterback through the high school ranks is the preferred option for coaches, the junior college...

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2019 NFL Draft

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
With the 2019 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was concerns about size, overall talent, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-day event...

Early 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The ink on the 2019 NFL Draft is barely dry but some of the attention has already shifted to next year's event. And while that partly may due to the anticipation of the draft taking place in Las Vegas, the players projected to headline the 2020 edition have a little something to do with this as well.   Defense may have dominated the 2019 draft, with seven of the top 10 picks coming...