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College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

Projecting some of CFB's next stars at quarterback in 2017.
College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

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.

Big Ten 2017 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

Previewing key storylines around the Big Ten for spring practice.
Big Ten 2017 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

The Big Ten closed the gap with the SEC last year in the race to be college football’s No. 1 conference, and the league is in great shape as spring ball opens for 2017. Ohio State and Penn State should be among the nation’s frontrunners to win it all next year, while Michigan and Wisconsin will also rank in many preseason top 10 lists.

Ranking the Nation's Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

Michigan State takes the top spot in the coaching tandems.
Ranking the Nation's Top 30 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

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.

Ranking the Big Ten's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

Michigan State's Dantonio and Izzo take the top spot for 2017.
Ranking the Big Ten's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

The Big Ten isn’t hurting for talent in its coaching ranks. The duo of Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio ranks as the best in the conference, but Ohio State (Urban Meyer and Thad Matta) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh and John Beilein) round out a strong top three. And the conference also features some up-and-coming duos, including Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State.

 

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

Tom Herman ranks as the No. 1 coaching hire for 2017.
Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

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’s cycle.

Illinois Fighting Illini 2017 Spring Football Preview

Lovie Smith's Fighting Illini are the first FBS team to start spring practice
Illinois Fighting Illini 2017 Spring Football Preview

Year two of the Lovie Smith era at Illinois kicked off on Tuesday, as the Fighting Illini are the first FBS program in the country to begin spring practice.

 

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

Where does your team rank in terms of talent heading in 2017?
Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level.

College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

Which JUCO QBs will make the biggest impact next fall?
College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year.

Ranking the Big Ten's Football Rosters for 2017

Ohio State leads the way in roster talent in the Big Ten.
Ranking the Big Ten's Football Rosters for 2017

Recruiting may be the lifeblood of a college football program, but developing the incoming talent and maxing out the potential of a roster is a big reason why some coaches thrive and others will fail. At Ohio State, Urban Meyer and his staff continue to excel in both categories, which is why Ohio State routinely has the most talented roster in the conference.

15 Junior College Transfers to Watch in the Big Ten for 2017

Which junior college transfers will make an impact in the Big Ten next year?
15 Junior College Transfers to Watch in the Big Ten for 2017

The 14 teams in the Big Ten rarely recruit a hefty number of junior college prospects each season, but there are a handful of names joining the conference expected to make an impact in 2017. Ohio State lost three key members from its 2016 secondary, and former Alabama cornerback Kendall Sheffield should compete for a starting job after a year in the junior college ranks.

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