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College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 23 hours ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
A year after the ACC featured one of its deepest quarterback groups in recent memory, the conference enters 2017 with turnover at several programs. Gone are standouts like Deshaun Watson, Brad Kaaya, Jerod Evans, Mitch Trubisky and Nathan Peterman. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson – the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner – and Florida State’s Deondre Francois are the top two...

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 5 days ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the ACC

By Matt Josephs, 3 weeks 3 days ago
I don't know if it's possible for a conference to have a better season then the ACC did in 2016. They had the national champion as well as the Orange Bowl champion in Florida State. Six other teams won their bowl games and Lamar Jackson took the Heisman. It'll be hard to match that in 2017, but there are plenty of chances for early momentum. We'll examine the conference win...

Top 10 ACC Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Jon Kinne, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The debate has raged in college football circles this offseason. Has the ACC eclipsed the SEC as the dominant conference in the sport?   Perhaps a clearer answer may emerge this season as ACC and SEC foes square off nine times this fall. Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Florida State each have two SEC opponents on their upcoming slate of games.   Along with those SEC battles, ACC schools...

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to Texas to take over the defensive signals in Austin. LSU hopes Matt Canada can jumpstart its offense, and Oregon hired Jim Leavitt from Colorado to...

Why Does "The Fade" Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone. It lands two yards out of bounds, safely out of reach of the nearest offensive and defensive players. You fill with rage. You scream obscenities at...

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 days ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The ACC is losing a good bit of star power from the running back ranks from last year’s group. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Pitt’s James Conner and Clemson’s Wayne Gallman decided to leave early for the NFL, while NC State’s Matt Dayes and Virginia’s Taquan Mizzell expired their eligibility. The departure of last year’s top backs leaves just one player...