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Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

Every college football team ranked 1-130 for 2017.
Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of the ball have a few holes to fill, coach Nick Saban’s program is still the team to beat. Ohio State is a close No.

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

The WakeyLeaks incident has only amped up coaches’ already rampant paranoia.
How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.

 

That is no small achievement.

 

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

Which QBs will have a breakout year this fall?
College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders.

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

Which head coach hires since 2012 were home-run hires?
Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

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 like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?

 

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

When a top prospect — like Houston native Ed Oliver — commits, is he committing to the coach or the school?
How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.

 

Group of 5 Wild Card Players in 2017

These players could be the difference between an average season and crashing a New Year's Six bowl
Group of 5 Wild Card Players in 2017

All college football teams have one player who, if he steps up and performs to or even above his potential, could be the catalyst for a magical season. The teams in the Group of 5 conferences (American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) are no different, as many of them have key players who could be the difference between another season of flying under the radar nationally and possibly crashing the party that is the New Year's Six bowls.

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

Projecting every bowl and playoff games for 2017.
College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

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. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season.

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.

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (10-1)

What are college football's top innovations of the past 50 years?
College Football's Top 50 Innovations (10-1)

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 even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company.

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