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College Football's Top 30 Linebacker Units for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 days 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 Pac-12 in 2015

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 5 days 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. Related: Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big Ten in 2015 It shouldn...

College Football's Top 35 Defensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 days 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 Pac-12's Best and Worst College Football Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 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. Here is what she had to say about the Pac-12's...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 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...

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Pac-12 for 2015 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 1 week ago
The Pac-12 is generally known for its high-scoring offenses. While there’s plenty of firepower on the offensive side of the ball in 2015, the Pac-12 returns two of the nation’s top defenders in UCLA’s Myles Jack and Arizona’s Scooby Wright. This linebacker duo earned the top two spots in Athlon’s Pac-12 media expert poll, but the offense playmakers and top ...

College Football's Top 10 Dark Horse Playoff Contenders for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 weeks ago
Rankings are a big part of any college football season. Whether it’s preseason projections or the in-season polls from the playoff committee, rankings generate discussion and interest from all 128 fanbases. While some argue preseason rankings have too much of an impact on the actual in-season product, the reality is a playoff contender or national champion can come from anywhere. Need...

College Football's 2015 All-Name Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 weeks ago
With 128 teams in the FBS and around 100 players on a roster, there are certainly some interesting names that pop-up throughout the course of production for Athlon's 2015 college football magazine.   We took a look through the rosters for the 128 teams and pulled out some of the funniest and more interesting names in college football for the 2015 season.   Offense...

College Football's Top 10 Fall Practice Storylines

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 weeks ago
College football’s long offseason is almost over. Kickoff for the 2015 season is less than 25 days away, and fall camps are underway across the nation. While every team is 0-0 and hopes of an undefeated season are still alive, all 128 FBS programs have key question marks to answer in fall camp. Optimism can only run high for so long. Eventually, the position concerns have to be answered...

Pac-12 2015 Preseason Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 weeks ago
The Pac-12 features a loaded group of quarterbacks for the 2015 season. The conference features proven superstars poised to challenge for All-America honors, along with a few breakout candidates in UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oregon State’s Seth Collins. USC’s Cody Kessler ranks as the league’s top option, but California junior Jared Goff isn’t far behind.  ...