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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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
Skai Moore, South Carolina Football
South Carolina won six games and went bowling in head coach Will Muschamp’s first season despite having an offense that was among the least productive in the nation. Quarterback Jake Bentley is back to lead the Gamecocks’ attack and is...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
Larry Fedora, North Carolina Football
After a three-year run which saw North Carolina win the ACC Coastal in 2015 and finish no worse than a tie for third the other two seasons, the Tar Heels are practically starting over. Six starters return on each side, but the offense is looking to...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Troy Williams, Utah Football
Over the last three seasons, Utah has won at least nine games and been a tough out in the Pac-12 South Division. However, the Utes are still looking for their first division title since joining the conference in 2011. Head coach Kyle Whittingham is...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M Football
For the third straight year, a strong finish by Texas A&M gave way to a late-season fade as the Aggies lost four of their final five games, including the Texas Bowl to Kansas State. Kevin Sumlin enters 2017 needing to break out of this 8-5 rut...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech Football
Thanks to a strong finish, Georgia Tech enters 2017 with momentum in what looks to be a crowded ACC Coastal Division. The Yellow Jackets return plenty of experience, but will be breaking in a new starting quarterback and have some questions up...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Doug Meacham, Kansas Football
The Big 12 didn’t experience a ton of turnover in the coordinator ranks this offseason, but there were a few big changes to watch in 2017. Doug Meacham left behind his play-calling duties at TCU to coordinate the offense under coach David...
Steven Lassan
3 weeks ago
Brett Rypien, Boise State Football
Boise State won 10 games last season, but that wasn't good enough to get a chance to play in the Mountain West Championship Game. The Broncos bring back just eight starters, but with quarterback Brett Rypien returning the offense should...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Steven Montez, Colorado Football
Colorado broke through in a major way in head coach Mike MacIntyre’s fourth season, winning 10 games and the Pac-12 South title. The Buffaloes will need to replace a four-year starter at quarterback and nine starters from a defense that...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Jim Mora, UCLA Football
After winning at least eight games in each of the past four seasons, UCLA cratered to 4-8 in 2016. Injuries, namely to quarterback Josh Rosen, certainly contributed to the decline, but that’s done little to squelch any talk about head coach...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Kenny Hill, TCU Football
TCU’s offense may lean more on the running game in 2017 because of quarterback Kenny Hill’s struggles last year and questions about the wide receiver corps. On defense, head coach Gary Patterson put a priority on getting bigger up front...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh Football
Pittsburgh beat a pair of conference champions (Clemson, Penn State) last season, but the 2017 Panthers are going to look a lot different. More than half of the starting lineup is gone as the offense will be led by a graduate transfer quarterback...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State Football
Mississippi State won just five games in the regular season but still went bowling thanks to the team's good grades. These Bulldogs shouldn’t have to worry about bowl eligibility this fall, as head coach Dan Mullen has dual-threat...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas Football
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is turning to former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads to turn around a defense that got gashed repeatedly on the ground last season. Rhoads has some pieces to work with, especially in the secondary, but the unit as...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
Mike Leach, Washington State Football
Washington State has been a program on the rise in recent years and with prolific quarterback Luke Falk back, the Cougars should be in the mix in the Pac-12 North once again. As impressive as Falk has been, Washington State also has a surprisingly...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago

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