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College Football 2015 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 9 hours ago
The start of college football’s 2015 season is less than 10 days away. The 2015 season officially begins on Thursday, Sept. 3 and ends on Jan. 11 with the national championship in Glendale, Ariz. The first season of the College Football Playoff was a huge success and the second year should have just as much intrigue. Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was...

College Football's Top 30 Defensive Backfields for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 10 hours ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. LSU and Florida consistently bring in and develop defensive back talent. And it...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big 12 in 2015

By J.P. Scott, 4 days 10 hours ago
Every season of college football starts out the same way. We have all of these things that we think are knowns — lead-pipe locks as one popular radio host calls them. Then, by midseason, we're all wrong, sitting around wondering what happened to all that we thought was written in stone. It shouldn't surprise us, considering that we are dealing with young men in their late...

College Football's Top 35 Wide Receiver Groups for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 11 hours ago
While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason attention. And with the balance of power in football shifting to the offense, big-play threats and speedy receivers are more valuable than ever. Compiling the...

10 Players Who Will Decide College Football's 2015 National Title

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 10 hours ago
Every college football team has personnel issues or question marks entering the 2015 season. But some concerns are bigger than others for teams in the national title or playoff mix. Whether it’s a quarterback battle, an open spot at defensive tackle or cornerback, every personnel concern is magnified in the race to win a national championship. Which players could shape the national...

College Football's Top 30 Linebacker Units for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 11 hours ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker compare to...

College Football's Top 35 Defensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 10 hours ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.  Related: College...

Baker Mayfield an Easy Choice to be Oklahoma's Starting Quarterback

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 hours ago
Oklahoma’s quarterback battle was one of the biggest in college football this fall, but the intrigue is over in Norman. On Monday, the Sooners announced Baker Mayfield edged Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas for the starting spot for the Sept. 5 opener against Akron. The decision to pick Mayfield as the starter is really no surprise. The Texas Tech transfer was considered the favorite...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 11 hours ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line. Which teams are strongest in...

The Big 12's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2015

By Allen Kenney, 1 week 4 days ago
Recruiting in the Big 12 has declined in recent years, but that doesn't mean the conference lacks for fresh faces that will impact their teams' fortunes this season.Related: Is the Big 12 in the Middle of a Recruiting Crisis? In particular, the league's perennial powers, Oklahoma and Texas, are counting on a number of freshmen to help lead them back to the top of the standings....