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College Football's Top 35 Wide Receiver Groups for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 6 days 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...

Ranking College Football's Best and Worst Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 11 months 6 days ago
Just about every sports fan is tied to their team’s logo, which makes ranking logos complicated. To get an educated opinion on what is a good logo and what isn't, Athlon Sports turned to one of the people most responsible for helping produce some of the best-looking magazines on the newsstands, graphic designer Daly Cantrell. After going through each of the Power 5...

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

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 1 week 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, 11 months 1 week 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, 11 months 1 week 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...

Ranking the Toughest Games on South Carolina's College Football Schedule in 2015

By Marky Billson, 11 months 1 week ago
In my early 1980s youth, I would always look forward to the annual football tab that The State and Columbia Record put out. It wasn't because I was finally ready to hear about Sloan's Bears but rather because Bob Gillespie and whoever was covering Clemson that year would come out with preseason, game-by-game picks for the Tigers as well as the South Carolina Gamecocks. Every...

Ranking the SEC's Best and Worst College Football Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 11 months 1 week ago
Just about every sports fan is tied to their team’s logo, which makes ranking logos complicated. To get an educated opinion on what is a good logo and what isn't, Athlon Sports turned to one of the people most responsible for helping produce some of the best-looking magazines on the newsstands, graphic designer Daly Cantrell. Here is what she had to say about the SEC's...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 1 week 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 SEC's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2015

By Cody McClure, 11 months 1 week ago
Once upon a time, LSU head coach Les Miles said something along the lines of "Not only do we lose a senior class every year, but we also lose a junior class." That statement is pretty powerful because it's true. Teams like LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Florida lose a ton of talent on a year-to-year basis to the NFL. Related: Ranking the Top 15 Players in the SEC for 2015 (...

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the SEC for 2015 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 1 week ago
There’s plenty of uncertainty at quarterback in the SEC for 2015, but talent certainly isn’t an issue among the league’s 14 teams. And needless to say, pairing down the SEC’s talent to the top 15 players is no easy assignment. However, that’s the task Athlon recently assigned over 40 experts. With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports sought to...