They’re nearly seven months away from their first games, but the track records of the new head coaches hired this off-season offer some insight into which ones are poised for success and which ones could leave their programs searching for a new coach again in a few seasons. The right hire, of course, can change everything; just look at what Dabo Swinney has done for Clemson or what Chris Petersen is doing at Washington for some recent examples. Ultimately time will tell whether any of the 21 head coaches brought in this off-season can be a program-defining hire. But based on what we know now, here’s who passed the test. By Lindsay Schnell.
Every week college football’s AP and Coaches’ polls rank the top 25 teams. While the order of both rankings are debated endlessly, perhaps an equally contentious question involves mascots: Which is the best one in college football? And who are we to derive you of that conversation? Here is a ranking of the top 25 mascots, along with a brief explanation for each. BY MARTIN RICKMAN