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Florida Gators Land Four Verbal Commitments from Four States over the Weekend

By Ryan Wright, 3 days 12 hours ago
The Florida Gators' recruiting efforts had run dry since early June when last picking up commitments from cornerback Aaron Robinson and wide receiver Josh Hammond. All of that changed over the weekend during Florida’s Friday Night Lights when first-year head coach Jim McElwain and staff landed four recruits — OL Brett Heggie, SS Quincy Lenton, LB Jeremiah Moon, and QB Kyle...

Setting First-Year Expectations for Florida's Jim McElwain

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
Florida is one of the premier jobs in college football. The location in a fertile recruiting area allows the Gators to have access to some of the nation’s top talent, and the program won two BCS national championships under Urban Meyer. However, Florida slipped under former coach Will Muschamp. After winning 13 games in three out of four seasons from 2006-09, the Gators went 28-21 in...

College Football's Top 25 Non-Conference Games for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 week 3 days ago
There is a lot that is still unknown about the College Football Playoff Committee. One thing that was learned about the new postseason format in year number one is that the voters value strength of schedule. Teams have ramped-up non-conference scheduling almost instantly (See: No. 4 below) and the results are a healthy list of top-level games. It may take a few full seasons for...

Top 15 SEC Non-Conference Games of 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 week 6 days ago
The College Football Playoff Committee proved the general trend of tougher scheduling last fall.  The SEC doesn't have nearly as much problem with scheduling, as its league schedules are the toughest in college football (along with the Pac-12). But to top it off, the SEC has more high-level non-conference games than any other league in the nation.  Which is why the...

College Football's Top 50 Players for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Kickoff for the 2015 college football season is just around the corner. With media days underway and players reporting to camps in August, it won’t be long before teams are officially preparing for the opening week. With the season countdown under 50 days until kickoff, it’s time to take a look at the best 50 players in college football for the upcoming year. Ranking the...

SEC Only Places Three Players on Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

By Ryan Wright, 2 weeks 2 days ago
In an odd turn of events the SEC was snubbed on Monday when the Jim Thorpe Award watch list was released. With only three players from the top football conference in the land on the preseason list for this prestigious award the prevailing question is, has the SEC lost its way? The Jim Thorpe Award has been around since 1986 honoring the top defensive back in the nation. Over the past six...

SEC's Top Players Returning from Injury in 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Injuries are a big part of any college football season. Whether it’s a starting quarterback, a No. 2 receiver or a defensive lineman part of a deep rotation, injuries will always have an impact on a team. To help preview the season, Athlon is taking a look at some of the injured players from 2014 and their return in 2015. Related: SEC Predictions for 2015 Players with a...

SEC Announces Players Who Will Attend 2015 Football Media Days

By Ryan Wright, 3 weeks 10 hours ago
The 2015 SEC Football Media Days will be held July 13-16 in Hoover, Ala. The always anticipated event kicks off on Monday with Auburn, Florida, and Vanderbilt taking center stage. On Tuesday, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and Tennessee will answer questions about the upcoming season followed by Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on Wednesday. LSU, Georgia,...

A College Football Fan's Dream Road Trip for 2015

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 14 hours ago
You can go to one college football game each weekend. You can't go to the same place twice and the travel budget is endless. Where are you going? That's 14 straight weekends on 14 different campuses, so ask the spouse for forgiveness, not permission. The possibilities are almost endless. And it would make for a dream come true for most college football fans. So I...

Ranking the SEC Stadiums for 2015

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Last summer, Athlon Sports asked 12 SEC experts like Tim Brando, Dan Wolken, Steven Godfrey and more to rank their favorite stadiums in the SEC. Based on general atmosphere, fan support, home-field advantage, amenities, tailgating, surrounding campus and even scoreboards, here is how the voting shook out. However, attendance is an increasing concern for all athletic directors...