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How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams. Sure, there are going to be hits and misses in the team and player projections each season, but there’s plenty of accuracy and meaning behind the final rankings. New coaches...

College Football's Top 20 Impact True Freshmen for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
College football’s 2018 National Signing Day is officially in the books. 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 their program looks for the upcoming season. With spring practice just around the corner, the focus around the nation now shifts to...

College Football 2018 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
College football’s 2018 National Signing Day is in the books, and there's a new No. 1 at the top of the team recruiting rankings. Georgia coach Kirby Smart landed the best overall haul in the nation, taking home the top spot in all three recruiting services. Smart landed a standout class in the early signing period and only added to it on Wednesday. Ohio State, Texas, Penn State...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
College football’s 2017-18 coaching carousel featured 21 changes, including moves at big-time programs like Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon and Florida State. With the carousel completed and all 21 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. Nebraska hit a home run with former quarterback Scott Frost returning to...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2018 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. Houston's Ed Oliver takes the top spot in Athlon's early top 50 players returning for 2018, with Clemson's Christian Wilkins and Stanford's Bryce Love rounding out the top three. It's a...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 hours ago
The 2017 college football season featured 23 new coaches at FBS programs. The 23 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2016 season, as 28 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
College football’s 2018 season won't get underway until August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2018 version of college football's teams on the rise features West Virginia, Arizona, Georgia and Florida State from the Power 5 ranks, along with Houston, Temple and...

Best Individual Performances of the 2017-18 College Football Season

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 3 days ago
From Baker Mayfield's Heisman Trophy heroics, to Bryce Love ably taking the reins from a Stanford legend, the 2017-18 college football season featured a variety of memorable, individual performances.   Because every Saturday is filled with jaw-dropping, heart-stopping moments, pinpointing only a handful of individual performances to spotlight is a risky endeavor. To narrow the...

College Football's Top 30 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days 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 2018 season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is likely to supplant Jalen Hurts as the team...

Early Look at the Top Heisman Trophy Contenders for 2018

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 month 1 week ago
Following the graduation of Baker Mayfield, as well as the early departure of 2016 winner Lamar Jackson and last year's preseason favorites Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold, the 2018 Heisman Trophy field is wide open. However, as always, there are several exciting candidates. Most notably, last year's runner-up, Stanford running back Bryce Love, opted to return to Palo Alto for his...