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Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 6 days ago
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive and compile a ranking of the top 50 players of the Athlon Sports era. This wasn’t easy. Our checklist contained more than 300...

Wake Forest Football: 2017 Demon Deacons Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Wake Forest went to and won a bowl game last season, but it could be tough to pull off a repeat of either feat this fall. The Demon Deacons remain a relatively young team and depth is at a premium, so the key players must stay healthy. The offense returns eight starters, but also was one of the nation’s least productive in 2016. The defense more than did its part in 2016, but only five...

ACC Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The ACC stuffed the trophy case last season and claimed the top spot among college football’s conferences. Clemson defeated Alabama for the national title, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Florida State defeated Michigan in the Orange Bowl, and 11 teams finished with a winning record. Additionally, the ACC capped a strong regular season by claiming nine bowl...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

ACC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 days ago
The ACC had a banner year in 2016, as Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson claimed the Heisman Trophy, and Clemson hoisted the national championship trophy after beating Alabama in Tampa. The league is poised for another standout season this fall, as Florida State ranks as a projected playoff team by Athlon Sports, with Clemson, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Miami all ranking inside of the top...

Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
The coaching depth and talent has improved significantly within the ACC over the last five seasons. The top of the league is headlined by Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, and a solid second tier is in place with Miami’s Mark Richt, Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente and Duke’s David Cutcliffe. But the real test of...

Ranking the ACC's Mascots

By J.P. Scott, 5 months 1 week ago

25 Redshirt Freshmen to Watch in the ACC in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign. A variety of reasons could be pinpointed for the redshirt year, but the extra time could be beneficial to learn a scheme, develop physically in the weight room or help provide some...

Top 25 ACC 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Jon Kinne, 5 months 3 weeks ago
When looking at the ACC representation in the 2017 NFL Draft, offense dominated. It started with the two quarterbacks taken in the top half of the first round, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson star Deshaun Watson. Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams and Miami tight end David Njoku were also taken in the first round.   Next year’s draft will be much different...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 3 weeks ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...