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ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes

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 in the ACC to talk anonymously about their opponents. ACC...

College Football's Top 10 Players Returning From Injury

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
Injuries are a big part of any college football season. 2011 was no different, as losing Knile Davis was a key setback to Arkansas' hopes of winning the SEC West last year, while Missouri's offensive line had to shuffle some players around after Elvis Fisher was lost for the year with a knee injury.  Although those players were missed in 2011, their return to the gridiron is an even...

College Football: ACC's Must-See Games of 2012

By Braden Gall, 2 years 1 month ago
As the college football season draws near, Athlon Sports is making sure fans know exactly when and where to tune in this fall. Here are the ACC's top 40 must-see football games for the 2012 season: 1. Week 4 (Sept. 22): Clemson at Florida State There are two games inside of the ACC that truly stand above the rest this fall, and since Clemson-Florida State figures to have more fireworks, it...

College Football's Top 20 Defensive Lines for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
They’re the teams within the team — those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context. Whether it’s the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball — these teams in miniature hone...

College Football's Top 20 Wide Receiving Corps for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
They’re the teams within the team — those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context. Whether it’s the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball — these teams in miniature hone...

ACC Player Rankings: The Top 50 Players for 2012

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson are the clear favorites to win the ACC title in 2012 and there's no shortage of players from those three teams in the top 50 players. Clemson's Sammy Watkins will serve a two-game suspension this year but ranks as the conference's best player. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas should be better in his second season as the starter, while Florida State is...

College Football's Top 20 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
The start of the 2012 college football season is just a few weeks away. However, as fall practice kicks off around the nation, plenty of unanswered questions remain, including some that will have an impact on the national title race. Athlon preps you for everything you need to know about fall practice with the 20 biggest storylines to watch over the next couple of weeks. College Football's...

ACC's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month 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 ACC's 10 Biggest Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice 1...

Unit Rankings: 2012 ACC Defensive Lines

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 2 months 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 ACC Offensive Lines

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 2 months 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...