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College Football 2015 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 16 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, 6 days 17 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...

The ACC's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2015

By Jon Kinne, 6 days 18 hours ago
This season, the ACC is a tale of two divisions. The Atlantic has Florida State and Clemson, two teams with their eyes on the ultimate prize at the end of the year. On the other side, the majority of the Coastal members believe that they have what it takes to win the division and play the Atlantic champ in the ACC Conference Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 5. Despite the...

College Football's Top 35 Wide Receiver Groups for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 18 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...

College Football’s Week 1 FCS vs. FBS Betting Lines of Note

By Matt Josephs, 1 week 17 hours ago
The first week of the 2015 college football season features a boatload of FBS vs. FCS matchups. Most people out there refuse to bet on those games, but sometimes they represent some of the best value out there. There are multiple FCS teams that are live underdogs with some having the chance to win outright. Here’s a look at some season openers of note (lines courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook...

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

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 18 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, 1 week 18 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...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2015

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 19 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 Defensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day 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...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days 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...