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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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago
Aaron Rodgers
Summer is supposed to belong to baseball, but the NFL is never far from our minds. Even though the draft was more than a month ago, football fans are already looking forward to training camp and the start of the 2017 regular season.   Athlon...
Athlon Sports
2 months 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
2 months ago
Shea Patterson, 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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
2 months 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
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
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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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