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College Football's Overrated Trends and Overlooked Numbers

By David Fox, 2 years 11 months ago
With college football season less than a month away, some (but hopefully not all) preseason predictions and projections will be moot. Trust us, we’ve been digesting our thoughts on the upcoming season since the end of spring practice and even the end of bowl season. As is the case each season, some of the summer’s biggest talking points will fall flat once the season begins. And after a few...

SEC's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 12 months ago
Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is just around the corner. However, plenty of unanswered questions remain around the nation for every team. Injuries, quarterback battles and players that need to step up to make a run at the conference title will all be under the spotlight over the next couple of weeks.  The SEC's 10 Biggest Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice 1...

Unit Rankings: 2012 SEC Linebackers

By Steven Lassan, 3 years 5 days ago
Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season. Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011. Ranking the...

Which SEC Football Teams Are on the Rise or Decline Heading into 2012?

By Steven Lassan, 3 years 1 week ago
With kickoff to the 2012 college football season still weeks away, it's time to evaluate where each team is headed. This is essentially a checkup or a state of the program overview for each team in the conference. Are they on the rise or decline? What factors in the future could have an impact on success?  SEC State of the Program: On the Rise or On the Decline? Alabama...

Unit Rankings: 2012 SEC Defensive Lines

By Steven Lassan, 3 years 1 week ago
Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season. Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011. Ranking the...

Ranking College Football's Best and Worst Coaching Hires for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 3 years 2 weeks ago
The college football coaching carousel was busy in the offseason, as 28 programs changed hands. Here’s how we rank the new hires: 1. Urban Meyer, Ohio State Previous Job: College football analyst, ESPN Pros: Meyer boasts an incredible 104–23 record as a head coach in stops at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. His teams are 60–18 in conference play, and he has led two teams to a national...

Unit Rankings: 2012 SEC Offensive Lines

By Steven Lassan, 3 years 2 weeks ago
Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season. Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011. Ranking the...

Unit Rankings: 2012 SEC Wide Receivers

By Steven Lassan, 3 years 3 weeks ago
Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season. Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011. Ranking the...

College Football: The History of SEC Realignment

By Braden Gall, 3 years 1 month ago
College football expansion has taken over the hearts and minds of college football junkies everywhere. The sky is falling, rivalries are dead and the future of college football is in great peril. I am here to tell you that this just simply isn’t the case. Conference realignment has been taking place for more than a century and it won’t stop anytime soon. Teams have been switching leagues,...

College football conference realignment draft: Part 3

By David Fox, 3 years 1 month ago
We're halfway through the Athlon Sports conference realignment draft with the first four rounds on Monday and rounds five through eight on Tuesday. As expected, the most prominent and consistent football programs have been gobbled up. Our commissioners clearly have put value on keeping rival programs together or fostering new rivalries. For some, geography is important. For others, well,...