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SEC Week 2 Preview and Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 weeks ago
It's a big week in the SEC, as Missouri and Texas A&M open conference play with huge matchups. The Tigers begin their debut season in the SEC with a key showdown against Georgia, while the Aggies host Florida. Washington travels to LSU for an interesting non-conference matchup, while Auburn and Mississippi State square off in an important SEC West showdown. Other Week 2 conference...

SEC Post-Week 1 Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 4 weeks ago
The 2012 college football season kicked off with South Carolina beating Vanderbilt on Thursday night. The Gamecocks weren't particularly impressive but did just enough to knock off the Commodores. Derek Dooley's seat got a little cooler in Knoxville after beating NC State on Friday night. Alabama was the most impressive team in Week 1, thrashing Michigan 41-14. Post-Week 1 Offensive Player...

College Football Week 1 Recap: Three and Out

By David Fox, 2 years 4 weeks ago
The names and faces change, but sometimes the results don’t. At least that’s what people in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Eugene, Ore., learned after the first weekend of college football. Alabama looked near-invincible in defending its national championship. Dee Milliner, Trey DePriest and T.J. Yeldon stepped into starring roles in the Crimson Tide’s rout of Michigan. On the West Coast, Oregon’...

Michigan Over Alabama Would Be Big Ten’s Best Win in a Decade

By Patrick Snow, 2 years 1 month ago
The Big Ten needs some good news. On the field, Ohio State won the national championship in 2002 and was beaten handily in 2006 and 2007 by SEC teams in the big game. Other than that, the league has not really challenged on college football’s highest level in some time. The B1G has also lost eight of the last nine Rose Bowls in which it played. Meanwhile, the conference that many Big Ten fans...

SEC Week 1 Preview and Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
The first week of action in the SEC features an interesting slate of games. South Carolina-Vanderbilt open conference play on Thursday night, while Auburn and Alabama have a chance to earn key non-conference victories on Saturday. Tennessee takes on NC State on Friday night, and Kentucky travels to in-state rival Louisville on Sunday. SEC's Top Storylines to Watch in Week 11. What can...

College Football Countdown: By the Numbers

By Patrick Snow, 2 years 1 month ago
Are you as ready for college football to start as we are at Athlon? Our daily countdown will take us right up to kickoff on August 30. Some days our number might represent an All-America player, a great stat or just something fun about the game we all love. Days Until College Football: 1 We have finally hit No. 1 on our countdown, and our top wish for all of the fans out there is just to...

College Football's Top 15 Breakout Players for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task.  Defining what is a breakout player is nearly impossible. Everyone has a different perspective on how players are viewed around the conference and nationally. Athlon's list of...

10 Players Who Will Decide College Football's 2012 National Title

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
Every college football team has personnel issues that will be a question mark going into the season, but some have national title implications. LSU fell short of winning a national title last year, largely due to the struggles of quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee against Alabama. Zach Mettenberger could be the missing piece to LSU's title run in 2012, especially if he can help the...

College Football Coaches Talk Anonymously About Top 25 Teams

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2012, Athlon asked coaches around each conference to talk anonymously about their opponents...

The SEC's Top Impact Freshmen of 2012

By Braden Gall, 2 years 1 month ago
With college football's fall practice in full swing around the nation, it's really the first time names made famous on recruiting websites are showing up in actual practice reports. When it comes to picking which freshmen will make an impact in their first season on campus, it's really all about who can pick up the playbook the fastest and who fits a need. The SEC featured two huge stars as...