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Ranking the SEC West's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Let’s get one thing clear right away. There is no such thing as an “easy” schedule in the SEC. When putting together Athlon Sports' college football preview magazines each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish. And don’t forget that the...

LSU Tigers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 day ago
LSU has trended backwards in the SEC West standings for four consecutive seasons, going from first (2011) to second (2012) to third (2013) to fifth (2014). One major reason for that type of trend is the SEC West schedule. It’s the toughest division in all of college football and is loaded with the best coaches and rosters in the country. LSU fits the bill perfectly and Les Miles...

Early 2015 Heisman Betting Odds: Top Picks, Sleepers and Busts

By Braden Gall, 2 months 5 days ago
The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in sports and gambling is a huge part of the game of football. Put them together and you get preseason odds for the coveted stiff-armed trophy. Bovada recently released an updated list of Heisman Trophy front-runners for 2015 and, for entertainment purposes only, we’ve offered up our unsolicited gambling advice.Remember, last year...

LSU Tigers 2015 Spring Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 months 6 days ago
LSU went unbeaten in the 2011 regular season and won the SEC crown. Since then the Tigers have dropped from first to second (2012) to third (2013) to fifth (2014) in the SEC West standings. The coaching in the division has gotten significantly more competitive and LSU has struggled at key positions — like, say, the quarterback. There is loads of talent on this...

SEC's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The SEC hasn’t won a national title in the last two seasons, but this conference is still the best in the nation. And the two-year drought certainly won’t last much longer with the talent flowing to the 14 teams over the last few years on the recruiting trail. With spring practice underway, it’s never too early to look ahead at 2015. Here’s a quick (and very early)...

College Football's Top 15 Quarterback Battles to Watch in Spring Practice

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Quarterback battles are easily one of the biggest storylines in any college football offseason. And it’s even more under the microscope in 2015, as the position lost several top performers, including Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Baylor’s Bryce Petty and UCLA’s Brett Hundley. With spring practice already underway for a handful of...

SEC West 2015 Spring Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Spring practice is already underway for a handful of college football teams, and the offseason workouts and scrimmages provide the first glimpse of how all 128 teams will look in 2015. The SEC West is college football’s toughest division and the going isn’t expected to get any easier in 2015. Alabama and Auburn appear to be the early favorites, but any of the seven teams have a...

Ranking the SEC's Football Rosters for 2015

By Braden Gall, 3 months 5 days ago
Recruiting rankings matter. They are not a guarantee of future success but they are the foundation every national championship has been built upon. It takes great coaching, development and luck to win a title, but having better players is the only way to start. In fact, the data backing up the value of recruiting rankings is impenetrable. For example, look at last year’s rosters...

Team-by-Team Breakdown of SEC Early Enrollees in 2015

By Braden Gall, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Last year, the SEC welcomed 72 early enrollees. Even the SEC has outdone itself this year, topping its own record with 82 early enrollees. It's a trend started mostly by the SEC and dominated by the SEC. There are countless benefits to enrolling athletes early, none the least of which is learning how to live life as a college student-athlete. Essentially, a player is more likely to...

SEC Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

By Braden Gall, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the SEC consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned: Roll Tide, RollAccording to the 247Sports composite rankings, there were a total of 33 five-star recruits in the entire 2014 class and 35 in the '15 class. Alabama...