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Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 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...

Ranking the Big 12’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 3 days ago
The big question about the difficulty of Big 12 teams’ schedules this year: Where do you play Oklahoma?   The Big 12’s round-robin approach creates a high degree of uniformity among its members’ individual schedules. Some, such as Texas, stand out for their non-conference commitments. However, with the Sooners coming off back-to-back league championships, traveling...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 11 hours ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...

Ranking the Big 12’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 months 1 day ago
Optimists might look at the Big 12 teams’ three non-conference games and point out that it means one fewer chance for the programs to pulverize a cupcake directional school. The cynics see fewer opportunities for marquee matchups.   Surprisingly, 2017 is looking like a season in which Big 12 squads decided to fill out their out-of-conference slates with quality opponents. Nine of 10...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. Last season, Louisville's Lamar Jackson emerged as a breakout...

Biggest Questions for Big 12 Teams Entering Spring Practice

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 4 weeks ago
College football teams are stirring once again, as spring practice has begun in different parts of the country. Activity will only pick up as the calendar turns to March, especially in Big 12 country.   Iowa State (Feb. 28) is the first Big 12 team to return to the field with Oklahoma (March 21) and Kansas State (March 29) scheduled to round things out. Even though the Sooners are the...

10 Big 12 Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

By Bryan Fischer, 3 months 4 weeks ago
When the official list of invitees to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine was released, the college football world was abuzz at what a shockingly low number of players were headed to Indianapolis from the Big 12. In total, just 19 alums from the conference are set to showcase their skills for NFL scouts at Lucas Oil Stadium this week (Feb. 28-March 6), and some of the more interesting prospects like...

Ranking the Nation's Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 4 weeks ago
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all 130 teams and tournament time is approaching for teams on the hardwood. Michigan State tops the rankings with Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo as its...

20 Redshirt Freshmen to Watch in the Big 12 in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 days 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...

Ranking the Big 12's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 6 days ago
The Big 12 has a deep group of coaching tandems in place at all 10 programs. Oklahoma leads the way once again with Bob Stoops and Lon Kruger, but there is plenty of depth in the next group of teams, which features TCU, Texas and Oklahoma State. Kansas boasts the league’s best basketball coach (Bill Self), while David Beaty enters his third season with a rebuilding project on his hands....