Independents Articles

Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes Football
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Jonah Trinnaman
Numbers and stats haven’t caught fire in college football like we see in basketball or baseball, but we can still pick up on trends from some key statistics.   Here are 10 statistics from the BYU football program that you should be...
Mitch Harper
1 month ago
Ed Oliver, Houston Cougars Football
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Notre Dame has plenty of familiar faces back from last season. But if the Fighting Irish hope to bounce back from a disappointing 4-8 campaign, they will need key contributions from a number of unfamiliar faces.   We all know the Mike...
Matt Fortuna
1 month ago
5 Things That Must Happen for Notre Dame to Make the College Football Playoff
In 2016, Notre Dame finished with a 4-8 record that discouraged fans from the start and revealed weaknesses — often-incomprehensible defensive schemes and questions in the secondary — that previously were masked by the team’s...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
1 month ago
Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Tom Herman
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...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Penn State Football
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...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
ESPN College Football
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...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Boise State Football
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...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Football
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.  ...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Andrew Ford, UMass Football
UMass’ initial season as an FBS Independent was a rough one, as the Minutemen won just two games with one of those victories coming courtesy of an FCS opponent. Head coach Mark Whipple has seven starters returning on each side of the ball,...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
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...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Josh Adams
Notre Dame’s schedule is always a great source of intrigue, as the independent Fighting Irish play a national slate from coast to coast. That makes measuring the program’s schedule strength something of a chore every year, as it isn...
Matt Fortuna
2 months ago
Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
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...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Ahmad Bradshaw, Kell Walker, Army West Point Football
Army West Point played in (and won) its first bowl game since 2010, but last season will be known more for the long-awaited victory over Navy. A bulk of the nation’s second-ranked rushing attack returns and will get the luxury of running...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Tanner Mangum
Coming off of a 9-4 season in Kalani Sitake’s first full year as the head coach, the BYU football program is excited about what lies ahead with Sitake in charge.   Sitake, who grew up a fan of BYU as a kid and eventually played for the...
Mitch Harper
2 months ago
Fred Warner, BYU Football
After taking a back seat to Taysom Hill last season, Tanner Mangum is back as BYU’s starting quarterback. His experience should help the Cougars’ offense stay productive, although replacing the program’s all-time leading rusher...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Dabo Swinney
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
NCAA Top 25 Quarterback Rankings
In recent weeks we've seen some of last season's top quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft, while others set out preparing for the college football season ahead. To help you better understand this year's...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
2 months ago
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame Football
Very little went right for Notre Dame and Brian Kelly last season. The Fighting Irish went from being a preseason top-10 team with College Football Playoff aspirations to finishing 4-8. To be fair, only one of the losses was by more than eight...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Fred Warner
Another NFL draft has passed and BYU’s drought of producing multiple selections in one draft continues.   BYU’s lone draftee in the 2017 NFL Draft was Jamaal Williams, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth...
Mitch Harper
3 months ago
Sam Darnold
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...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
It’s year seven of football independence for BYU but in some ways, it feels like a new start. The Cougars know the Big 12 isn’t calling anytime soon or any Power Five conference for that matter. So independence is the path for BYU...
Mitch Harper
4 months ago
Lamar Jackson
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...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago

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