College Football Articles

Damarea Crockett, Missouri Football
Missouri won just four games in Barry Odom’s first season as head coach and it could be another tough three months for Tigers fans. The offense has 10 starters returning and should be even better in 2017, but unless a defense that ranked...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Nick Westbrook, Indiana Football
Indiana went to a bowl game last season, but still made a coaching change, as defensive coordinator Tom Allen has replaced Kevin Wilson, who was fired, as head coach. Allen got the job in part for the Hoosiers’ significant improvement on...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
N’Keal Harry, Arizona State Football
Arizona State enters an important season under head coach Todd Graham. After going 5-7 and missing out on a bowl game for the first time in five seasons, Graham and the Sun Devils are in many ways starting over. A new offensive coordinator is...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Logan Woodside, Toledo Rockets football
Ohio, Western Michigan, Miami and Toledo finished 2016 as the top teams in the MAC, and all four should be near the top of the standings in the 2017 predictions. The Broncos have some significant personnel losses to address, but new coach Tim...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Which teams would be out of the FCS playoff field is almost as big as which ones are projected to be in this year’s 24-team field.   There are plenty of contenders.   The start of the second season over Thanksgiving weekend is a...
Craig Haley
1 month ago
Nick Saban
FCS football is fun and features plenty of talent. Games against FBS opponents can serve purposes, as they are oftentimes displays of in-state support and, of course, are big paydays that FCS programs need to survive.   But some games just...
Matt Fortuna
1 month ago
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Football
The Big Ten had a top-heavy 2016 season, as four teams finished inside of the top 10, Ohio State earned a CFB Playoff spot, and Penn State fell just short of reaching the top four after defeating Wisconsin in the conference title game. Fast forward...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest Football
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...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Riley Ferguson, Memphis Football
Memphis has played in three straight bowls as Mike Norvell maintained the success the Tigers had under previous head coach Justin Fuente. Now in his second season, Norvell has 14 starters returning and an eye on a potential American Athletic...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Shannon Brooks, Minnesota Football
The P.J. Fleck era in Minnesota is ready to begin and while the future may look bright in Minneapolis, some growing pains should be expected this fall. After all, the Golden Gophers went 9-4 and won the Holiday Bowl last season. Fleck does inherit...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State Spartans
Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong last season did for Michigan State, as the Spartans tumbled all the way to 3-9 and just a game ahead of winless Rutgers for last place in the Big Ten East. Spartan fans should expect a bounce back...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt Football
Big wins in its last two games sent Vanderbilt and head coach Derek Mason to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons. Now the challenge is to sustain that success. Mason has 15 starters returning, including his record-setting running back,...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State Football
A familiar trio of teams leads the way in Sun Belt football predictions for 2017. Appalachian State, Arkansas State and Troy were the league’s top three teams last year and begin this season at the top of Athlon’s projections. Just...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
The SEC had a down year in 2016. While Alabama made the CFB Playoff, every other team in the league finished the season with at least four losses. But that was 2016, and the outlook for the SEC in 2017 looks a little brighter. The Crimson Tide is...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
K.J. Smith, Baylor Football
After a tumultuous and difficult 2016 season, both on and especially off of the field, no one really knows what to expect from Baylor this fall. Former Temple head coach Matt Rhule was signed to a seven-year contract and given the task of cleaning...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
James Madison winning the 2016 national championship changed everything in FCS college football.   Along the way, the Dukes served notice to the rest of the FCS that North Dakota State is no longer invincible in the playoffs. They won...
Craig Haley
1 month ago
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss Football
High expectations entering the 2016 season materialized into a 5-7 season and no bowl invite for Ole Miss. There will be no postseason appearance this fall either, as the school has imposed a one-year bowl ban in the midst of an ongoing NCAA...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Texas’ schedule does new head coach Tom Herman no favors in his first season with the Longhorns. In addition to the Big 12’s round-robin slate, his team has a road date with USC and a home game against an improving Maryland program...
Allen Kenney
1 month ago
Quinton Flowers, USF Football
The American Athletic Conference leads the way among Group of 5 leagues, with USF entering 2017 as the clear favorite. The Bulls are the predicted champion by Athlon Sports, and coach Charlie Strong’s team has a good shot at an undefeated...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Deondre Francois, Florida State Football
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...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Mark Stoops, Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky finally ended an extended postseason drought and a second straight bowl invite could be in the offering this fall. Head coach Mark Stoops has the bulk of his offense returning and with improved quarterback play and a more reliable passing...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Akrum Wadley, Iowa Football
Iowa won eight games last season, but got blown out by Florida in the Outback Bowl and struggled in general to move the ball and put points on the scoreboard. Head coach Kirk Ferentz overhauled his coaching staff in the offseason, turning the...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Mike Riley, Nebraska Football
Nebraska improved its win total by three games in head coach Mike Riley’s second season, but the Cornhuskers stumbled towards the end, losing four of their final six contests. This season is shaping up to be somewhat of a transitional one...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
NCAA Top 25
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern Football
Northwestern finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten West last season, but the Wildcats could challenge for the top spot thanks to a mix of experience and depth. The offense will be led by one of the conference’s better backfields and a...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago

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