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14 Position Groups Under Pressure in the SEC for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
The terms “on the hot seat” or “under pressure” usually apply to quarterbacks and head coaches. After all, there’s an enormous amount of pressure on quarterbacks and coaches for any college football team. And needless to say, it’s difficult to challenge for a conference championship or national title if the quarterback play is an issue all year or if the...

College Football's Top Transfers to Watch in 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
Transfers are a huge part of any college football season. Whether it’s a graduate transfer eligible right away or a player that sat out the previous year due to NCAA rules, impact players are available in the transfer ranks every year. Quarterbacks are always under the microscope in the transfer ranks, and there’s no shortage of intriguing moves for 2015. Everett Golson left...

New Coordinators Raise the Price of Winning in the SEC

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The scoreboard was still smoking in the wake of the highest-scoring Iron Bowl in history when Gus Malzahn made his decision. In reality, he had probably known what he had to do for a few weeks. No team closes a season by giving up at least 31 points in six straight games (against FBS foes) and doesn’t change some things. When you give up 55 points and 539 yards to your archrival in the...

14 SEC Stats You Need to Know for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Here are the most important and interesting stats you need to know about the SEC in 2015: 1.5: Alabama’s points per trip inside the 40 marginA measure of a team’s ability to finish drives on offense and stop drives on defense is points per trip inside the 40. Alabama led the nation with a plus-1.5 point margin last season. It was 20th nationally with 5.0 points per trip...

Ranking the SEC's Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The success of any college football offense starts in the trenches. Although the skill positions and quarterbacks get all of the attention, it’s the five players up front that set the tone for the rest of the offense. The SEC is never short on talent in the trenches, and 2015 features two teams – Arkansas and Georgia – that could have the nation’s best overall group...

College Football's Top Coordinators on the Rise for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
College football coordinators have a huge impact on their team in any season. And it’s no secret that hiring good coordinators and retaining them is critical to the long-term success of any head coach. Changing coordinators or a promotion of an assistant into the play-calling role can also provide a boost for any team or provide a fix for a struggling unit. Every year there’s a...

SEC College Football Teams as Rock and Roll Bands

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Music, like sports, sparks debate, creates discussion and can even lead to heated disagreements. But both are unquestionably a huge part of American culture. So Athlon Sports has decided to combine two of our favorite things — rock and roll with college football. What if our favorite football programs were rock and roll bands? Every Power 5 team will be represented, so if...

Beware of the Improving SEC East in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The SEC West is the best division in college football. That was the case last year and again in 2015. The Pac-12 South is probably a close second with the Big Ten East quickly gaining momentum. But where does the SEC East rank? After multiple seasons of questionable on-field performance, it might be time to start looking at the SEC East differently. College football is...

SEC Football 2015 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
It’s no secret college football’s best talent resides in the SEC. While the talent at quarterback is down this year, there’s no shortage of potential All-America candidates on defense and at running back. And choosing which players from the 14 teams make Athlon’s 2015 All-SEC team is no easy assignment considering the overall depth of this league. Athlon Sports...

Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Ranking every college football coach is an impossible task. However, coaching is a critical component to every collegiate program. Needless to say, success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on...