The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks.
Southern Miss was expected to contend for a Conference USA championship last season, but instead had to win its last two games to finish above .500. This season will be one of transition for head coach Jay Hopson, who will be breaking in a new quarterback and returns only four starters to a defense that was the conference’s best and ranked 15th nationally in yards allowed per game.
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.
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 25 teams.
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 from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams.
WKU has claimed back-to-back Conference USA titles, so it should be no surprise the Hilltoppers lead the way in selections for the 2017 All-Conference USA team. New coach Mike Sanford inherits a strong foundation, as WKU places 15 players – the most of any team in the league – on Athlon’s 2017 All-Conference USA team. Louisiana Tech (12) checks in No.
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings.