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College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 days ago
The 2017 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players left for the NFL, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. That...

Early Look at the Top Heisman Trophy Contenders for 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 2 months 3 days ago
For better or worse, college football's Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in team sports, drawing hype and controversy from the beginning of the season till the end. Lamar Jackson won it last year, but that didn’t stop the annual “Heisman remorse” storyline from taking hold after runner-up Deshaun Watson tore through the postseason — despite...

10 College Football Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 2 months 3 days ago
In case you missed it: A number of high-profile college football stars declared early for the NFL Draft. Several even skipped their bowl games, which caused hysterics in some corners. In any event, it is now time for a new crop of talented reserves to step into the spotlight and fill some pretty big shoes for their respective programs.   Related: College Football's NFL Draft...

Early Pac-12 Football Predictions for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
A transition year was expected in 2016 for the Pac-12, but the conference produced a playoff contender (Washington) and one of the nation’s hottest teams at the end of the season (USC). Additionally, the surprise emergence of Colorado in the South Division was one of the best storylines from 2016. As the Pac-12 turns the page to 2017, the Huskies and Trojans headline the list of contenders...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The NFL Draft’s early entry deadline officially passed on Monday evening and over 90 players declared for the next level. The official list of players leaving for the NFL will be released on Friday. While the official list isn't out yet, it's no secret which players have already announced their intentions for the next level and which teams will be filling the most voids this...

Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 2 months 1 week ago
Clemson will enter the 2017 season as college football's reigning national champion, but it’s the Tigers’ division rival, Florida State, along with — dare we say — Clemson’s national title game rival, Alabama, who have the game to watch in 2017. And fortunately for us all, we won’t have to wait all that long to see this potential No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup...

College Football's Top 10 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week 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 next season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Which quarterback could be the next Lamar Jackson or Sam Darnold? Or which...

College Football's Top 15 Teams on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2016 season officially ended on Monday night in Tampa, Fla. with Clemson's last-second win over Alabama. While the Tigers are still celebrating and the party in Death Valley isn't going to end anytime soon, it's never too early to peek ahead at 2017 and examine some of the teams that could take a step forward in the win column or move a little higher in the...

College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 2 weeks ago
College football's 2016-17 farewell tour spanned 41 games, 23 days and approximately 143 hours — and that last figure is just the length of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.   Sure, bowl season has swelled to ridiculous proportions in recent years. But in the larger-than-life world of 21st century college football, nothing exceeds like excess.  ...

Early Ranking of the Best 10 Games of Week 1 of the 2017 College Football Season

By Matt Fortuna, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Let the hype begin. Alabama and Florida State figure to be atop most preseason college football rankings for 2017, and luckily for us, they will get to settle that distinction on the field during the sport’s opening weekend. Not a bad opening for brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, huh?   Related:  A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2017   The...