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The SEC's Top 20 Must-See Games of 2014

Mike Davis and the Gamecocks have their work cut out for them.
The SEC's Top 20 Must-See Games of 2014

The SEC is still the nation’s best conference. No conference in the nation can match the week-in, week-out grind that the SEC offers from Aug. 28 through Championship Saturday on Dec. 6.

 

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SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

Coaches dish on all 14 teams in the SEC.
SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.

 

In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the SEC to talk anonymously about their opponents.

 

Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2014

Nick Marshall takes the No. 1 spot in the SEC for 2014.
Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2014

The SEC was home to some of college football’s top quarterbacks in the nation last year. However, one offseason later, and the conference is essentially rebuilding from scratch at the quarterback spot.

The list of names departing is heavy: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Missouri’s James Franklin, South Carolina’s Connor Shaw and Georgia’s Aaron Murray.

Vanderbilt Hires Derek Mason as its New Head Coach

The Commodores have their new coach to replace James Franklin
Vanderbilt Hires Derek Mason as its New Head Coach

A week after James Franklin decided to leave for Penn State, Vanderbilt has found his replacement. According to the Tennessean, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be the Commodores’ next coach.

Mason is a highly regarded defensive coach and was a key piece in Stanford’s recent run of success. The Arizona native worked at Stanford from 2010-13, including the last three years as the defensive coordinator.

The Top 10 Games for the First Weekend of College Football

Our picks of the top 10 games this weekend and what we may learn
Our picks of the top 10 games this weekend and what we may learn

By Monday evening, a good portion of an offseason’s worth of predictions and debates may be out of date.

That’s part of the anticipation for the first weekend of the season, which will stretch from Thursday through Monday night. Plenty of games with plenty to learn, pretty much.

Here’s a quick guide to the games we watching closely and what lessons he hope to gain for each team.

1. Georgia at Clemson
Need to know: Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC

Ranking the SEC's Top 40 Players for 2016

LSU's Leonard Fournette takes the top spot.
Ranking the SEC's Top 40 Players for 2016

Another season, another loaded year for returning talent in the SEC. While the league is short on proven quarterbacks, there’s plenty of depth at defensive end, receiver and linebacker. LSU running back Leonard Fournette leads the way for Athlon’s projected top 40 SEC players for 2016, followed by Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

Athlon's staff picks the 2016 college football season.
College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.

 

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