It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.
Another year, another winning record and bowl game for the Kansas State Wildcats. Despite lacking the resources to land blue-chip recruits, Kansas State has been a model of consistency under head coach Bill Snyder. The 77-year-old continues to defy the odds, and last season guided the Wildcats to a 9-4 record, including six wins over the final seven games of the season.
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 winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T.
Optimists might look at the Big 12 teams’ three non-conference games and point out that it means one fewer chance for the programs to pulverize a cupcake directional school. The cynics see fewer opportunities for marquee matchups.
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts.
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all 130 teams and tournament time is approaching for teams on the hardwood.
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign.