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Ranking the Pac-12's Football Rosters for 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 2 hours ago
The 2017 college football season ended in an unceremonious splat for the Pac-12. With just one bowl game win among its nine participants, the conference endured the worst power-conference postseason ever.   Positive news for the Pac-12 came with the 2018 National Signing Day, however, as four of the league's teams finished with classes ranked No. 18 or better. Half of the conference...

Way-Too-Early College Football 130 Team Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 hours ago
With signing day completed, the focus for all 130 college football teams shifts to spring practice. And with every program hitting the field for offseason workouts, it’s never too early to look at the year ahead and project where all 130 teams could rank when the official Athlon Sports magazine predictions are released later this summer.   Expect several tweaks to this NCAA football...

How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams. Sure, there are going to be hits and misses in the team and player projections each season, but there’s plenty of accuracy and meaning behind the final rankings. New coaches...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 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 5 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 5 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...

3 Reasons for Optimism About the USC Trojans in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 3 hours ago
Clay Helton's first two, full seasons as USC head coach produced a Rose Bowl Game title and a conference championship — both firsts since the 2008 season — and 21 combined wins, the most since the 2007-08 campaigns.   The new era in USC football is off to a strong start, but the Trojans must sustain and build upon that success to approach the levels reached last decade. A...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Pac-12 in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 4 days ago
A number of top-tier players exit the Pac-12 following the 2017 college football season, leaving considerable voids to fill for the next campaign. From big bodies in the trenches, to explosive skill position players and some record-setters, the outgoing class features some impressive names.   The best players saying goodbye to the Pac-12 ranks are not all necessarily the most difficult to...

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

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 5 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 5 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...