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14 Big Ten Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The start of the 2017 college football season is just around the corner. What better way to get you ready for another fall of gridiron action than to give you some stats to chew on.   Here's a nice serving of some key numbers to pay attention to in 2017 from around the Big Ten.   19.7: Points per game scored by Illinois in 2016 Illinois did not hire Lovie Smith to be the head...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 21 hours ago
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle. While no hire can be judged accurately prior to the first game or even after the completion of a full season, this year’s cycle didn...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (30-11)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (10-1)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

The Most Important Player on Every Big Ten Team in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Every team has that one guy who needs to show up every week and get his job done at the highest level in order for his team to have success. Sometimes that player is simply the most talented one on the team, i.e. the quarterback. Other times, the most important player is one who simply plays a key role in the game plan and scheme from week to week. It's that guy who your team simply can'...

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.   When evaluating and ranking all 130 coaches, we established a simple criteria: Everything is considered when ranking head coaches. This is not...

College Football 2017 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 hours ago
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks. Louisville's Lamar Jackson is the reigning Heisman winner, and he's joined by Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker...

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

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 day 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...

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of...