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College Football Week 2 Preview: Match-Ups, Upset Picks and Storylines to Watch

Can Tyler Russell lead Mississippi State to a win over Auburn?
<p> College Football Week 2 Preview: Match-Ups, Upset Picks and Storylines to Watch</p>

Week 2 of the season doesn't feature many marquee matchups, but there's plenty of intrigue around the nation this Saturday. The SEC welcomes Texas A&M and Missouri, while a handful of non-conference games should help compensate for the lack of matchups between top 25 teams.

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College Football Award Watch: Post-Week 1

Our favorites for major the positional awards in college football
<p> College Football Award Watch: Post-Week 1</p>

Why should the Heisman Trophy have all the fun?

Unfair to award contenders or not, the Heisman Trophy is the only major sports award where the favorites are decided almost as soon as the previous winner is named.

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat: Post-Week 1 Rankings

Kentucky's Joker Phillips tops our hot seat watch after Week 1.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat: Post-Week 1 Rankings</p>

Week 1 of the season is in the books and plenty of coaches are feeling the pressure to win. Kentucky showed some progress in the season opener against Louisville, but Joker Phillips passes Boston College's Frank Spaziani as the No. 1 coach on the hot seat. Some new names have joined the top 20, including Houston's Tony Levine and Colorado's Jon Embree. 

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2012

Boston College's Frank Spaziani tops Athlon's hot seat rankings.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2012</p>

The 2012 season kicks off on Thursday night and the next 14 weeks are crucial to the job status of several coaches around the nation. Boston College's Frank Spaziani tops Athlon's post-fall practice hot seat rankings, while Kentucky's Joker Phillips checks in at No. 2. 

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat: Post Fall-Practice Edition

College Football's Top 15 Tight Ends for 2012

Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in for a big sophomore season.
<p> College Football's Top 15 Tight Ends for 2012</p>

The tight end position has been lacking in recent years, but there's a good crop of players ready to emerge in 2012. Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert ranks as Athlon's No. 1 tight end for this season, while Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins will only get better after a solid freshman campaign in 2011. Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner and Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz are two players who should easily surpass last year's totals, while non-BCS standouts Jack Doyle, Ryan Otten and Gavin Escobar should not be overlooked.

College Football's Top 30 Running Backs for 2012

South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore ranks as Athlon's No. 1 back for 2012.
<p> Ranking College Football's Top 30 Running Backs for 2012</p>

A torn ACL ended Marcus Lattimore's 2011 season in mid-October, but all signs point to a full return by the junior in 2012. Although the Gamecocks may take it easy on Lattimore early, he should be in the mix as one of the top 10 Heisman candidates by the end of the year. Not far behind Lattimore is Wisconsin's Montee Ball. Repeating last season's numbers won't be easy for Ball, but he will be the focal point of an offense that loses quarterback Russell Wilson. 

College Football 2012 Win Total Projections: Athlon vs. Vegas

What do the win projections from Vegas and Athlon see for Lane Kiffin in 2012?
<p> College Football 2012 Win Total Projections: Athlon vs. Vegas</p>

Even if you don't place any wagers on sports, the lines/projections from the good folks in Vegas are always something to check out before each season and before each week of games. Not only is it interesting content, but Vegas has a good pulse on the teams and is often one of the most accurate sources of predictions. 

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Lines for 2012

Barrett Jones leads the way for Alabama's offensive line.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Offensive Lines for 2012</p>

They’re the teams within the team — those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it’s the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball — these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.

College Football's 2012 All-Name Team

Jake Stoneburner makes Athlon's 2012 All-Name Team.
<p> College Football's 2012 All-Name Team</p>

With 124 teams in the FBS and around 100 players on a roster, there are certainly some interesting names that pop-up throughout the course of production for Athlon's 2012 college football magazine or online research.

We took a look through the rosters for the 124 teams and pulled out some of the funniest and more interesting names in college football for the 2012 season.

College Football's All-Name Team for 2012

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