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College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
College football’s 2020 season won't get underway until late August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are on the rise and are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2020 version of college football's teams on the rise features North Carolina, Arizona State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and Louisville from the Power...

Pac-12 Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 1 day ago
The 2019 Pac-12 season culminated with a power shift back to Oregon after a brief period dipping from the apex. The Ducks' conference title and Rose Bowl Game win may be the start of sustained success, as recruiting rankings tab Oregon as the most talented roster in the conference.   Of course, basing championships exclusively on recruiting rankings would have yielded much better...

College Football All-Decade Teams for the 2010s

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 1 day ago
With LSU toppling Clemson in the most recent College Football Playoff National Championship, the sun has finally set on the college football season and the eventful 2010s.   The SEC dominated the decade with six titles — four of which Alabama won — while Clemson took home two championships and Ohio State and Florida State won one apiece.   Beyond the many great teams,...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 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...

How Have the Top Five 5-Star College Football Recruits from 2013-17 Performed?

By Ryan Wright, 3 weeks 17 hours ago
The signing of a 5-star high school football recruit is a badge of honor for all college programs and a measure of success in the national recruiting rankings for a given year. The recruiting status that comes with a top player putting ink to a national letter of intent also is a solid indicator of future success, especially if others follow suit to the same campus. However, not all "can...

National Signing Day 2020 Predictions: Where Will the Top Remaining Recruits Sign?

By Ryan Wright, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The first Wednesday in February has become a national holiday for college football fans, another reason to celebrate the post-bowl season and pre-spring practice — National Signing Day. On Feb. 5, the 2020 class will finish their recruiting process, putting their signatures down on a letter of intent to the program that is their ideal fit. With the early signing period in December taking...

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

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day 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...

USC Football: Trojans All-Decade Team

By Josh Webb, 3 weeks 2 days ago
The USC Trojans are one of the nation’s premier college football programs. Whether it’s first-round NFL draft choices, Hall of Fame inductees, Heisman Trophy winners, or just overall wins, USC is in the top 10 in these categories and many others. While there is no disputing that the decade of 2001-09 brought more success and high points than the most recent decade, the 2010-19...

USC Football: Todd Orlando Hire Far from the End of the Road in Trojans' Rebuild

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Todd Orlando becomes the USC Trojans' third defensive coordinator under the Clay Helton regime with his hire on Friday. Now the pressing question: What's so different this time around?   That question stems not from the hire of Orlando specifically, who coordinated good-to-great defenses in three seasons at Texas. The 2018 Longhorns were particularly solid, with a resume that...

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

By Mark Ross, 3 weeks 6 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...