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College Football's Top 50 Must-See Games of 2013

By Braden Gall, 11 months 5 days ago
Kansas State and Baylor was the most important game in the Big 12 last year. It was Texas A&M that upset Alabama last fall, not LSU. Stanford surprised the nation by knocking off Oregon in Eugene. And Florida State battled Clemson for the right to play (and win) the ACC championship. It goes to show that anything can happen on any weekend and it's why college football is the...

12 Overlooked Trends in College Football for 2013

By David Fox, 11 months 5 days ago
The 2013 season is upon us, but there’s still plenty to dissect from recent seasons that may give us a hint of what’s to come after the first kickoff Thursday.Returning starters, points per game, yards per play and recruiting rankings give us a slice of what’s going on in the college football landscape, but there are a few others numbers that deserve attention.We’ve been...

College Football's Toughest Road Schedules for 2013

By David Fox, 11 months 6 days ago
Yesterday, Athlon looked at the most beneficial home schedules in college football for the 2013 season. We considered the best home schedules to be those that would be most helpful to a team’s goals by bringing the toughest opponents to the program’s home stadium.This is the flip side.These road schedules may hinder these 10 team’s goals for the season. These road schedules are...

College Football's Top Backstory Games for 2013

By David Fox, 11 months 1 week ago
College football is all about the stories — the rivalries, the personal connections and the connection to history.Alabama’s trip to Texas A&M, provided Johnny Manziel plays, is notable for the title implications and the rematch from the most exciting game from 2012.But it’s also a game between programs that despite their shared history with Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings and...

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Lines for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 1 week ago
Defensive line isn’t a particularly deep position in college football this season. But at the top, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Florida and USC are all pretty solid. The Gamecocks are headlined by college football’s No. 1 player in end Jadeveon Clowney, while the Fighting Irish have two All-Americans in Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt. How did we come up with these...

College Football's Top 25 Offensive Lines for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 1 week ago
The unsung heroes of every college football team are the men in the trenches. Offensive lines are often overlooked when it comes to preseason predictions, but this position is arguably the most important unit on the team.Stanford has churned out some of the nation’s best offensive lines in recent years, and the Cardinal take the top spot in Athlon’s rankings for 2013. Guard David...

AP Poll: Where BCS Champions Rank in the Preseason

By Braden Gall, 11 months 1 week ago
When we sit down to iron out our Top 25 Poll each year at Athlon Sports, we are trying to project the final year-end standings not build a preseason power poll. It might be a small and subtle difference but an important one to acknowledge.We don't necessarily think Louisville or Boise State is the 9th- or 11th-best team in the nation as they sit in our rankings, but rather, they will finish...

Mountain West Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2013

By Athlon Sports, 11 months 2 weeks 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 or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2013, Athlon asked coaches in the Mountain West to talk...

Boise State Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 3 weeks ago
Boise State has seven consecutive seasons of at least 10 wins and is 84-8 under coach Chris Petersen.The Broncos had to replace a handful of key players last season – including quarterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug Martin – yet still finished with an 11-2 record. Boise State’s only losses came by four points to Michigan State and by two points against San Diego State....

College Football Bowl Projections for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 12 months 9 hours ago
Whether you hate or love the BCS, the bowl season is exciting time for college football fans. Although some believe there are too many bowl games, it's one last chance to see teams before the long offseason sets in. And considering how long the offseason is, maybe 35 bowl games isn't too many after all. With college football's new playoff format coming with the 2014 season, this...