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College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 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...

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

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 19 hours 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...

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

By Mark Ross, 2 weeks 5 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...

Big 12 Football: 10 Toughest Players to Replace in 2020

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Of the 29 first-team picks for the 2019 All-Big 12 Team, 16 are graduating or leaving early for the NFL. That points to heated competition for starting roles in the offseason and urgency around the league when it comes to finding replacements for all that departing talent.   Here are the 10 players (in alphabetical order) that will be the most difficult to replace around the Big 12 in...

College Football's Top 35 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 20 hours 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 2020 season and the players returning: regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping conference title races and the national championship and playoff picture. Joe Burrow's breakout year was a big reason...

Big 12 Football: Best Games of 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 4 weeks 21 hours ago
Big 12 football never lacks for excitement or entertainment value. Form held true in 2019, with so many wildly competitive games featuring surprising finishes that some worthy candidates failed to make the cut of 10.   One could practically fill out 10 spots entirely with the close calls Baylor escaped en route to the Big 12 Championship Game. And, indeed a spoiler: There's a lot of...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 21 hours ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2020 draft officially passed on Friday, Jan. 17 and more than 100 players declared for the next level. As expected, projected first-round picks in Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah and end Chase Young and Georgia offensive lineman Andrew Thomas are headed for the next level. LSU was hit the hardest by departures, as...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2019 season complete after LSU defeated Clemson in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2020. Clemson takes the top spot in the very early top 25, followed by Ohio State at No. 2. Alabama checks in at No. 3 as a slight favorite over LSU (No. 4)...

Early Big 12 Football Predictions for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
Oklahoma should enter the 2020 college football season in a familiar position. The Sooners have won the last five Big 12 titles, and coach Lincoln Riley's team is the very early pick to win the conference once again next season. Riley's offense will have a new quarterback, but this unit should continue performing at a high level. Additionally, the defense is headed in the right direction...

D'Eriq King: 5 Potential Transfer Destinations for the Former Houston QB

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
Houston quarterback D’Eriq King has decided to transfer for his senior season, becoming a sought-after signal-caller for the 2020 college football season. King passed for 50 touchdowns and 4,925 yards in four years with the Cougars and added 1,421 yards and 28 scores on the ground. After playing in four games under first-year coach Dana Holgorsen in 2019, King decided to redshirt and later...