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By Monday evening, a good portion of an offseason’s worth of predictions and debates may be out of date.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

AP Poll: Where BCS Champions Rank in the Preseason

Where have the BCS National Champions been ranked in the preseason and what does it mean for 2013?
Where have the BCS National Champions been ranked in the preseason and what does it mean for 2013?

When we sit down to iron out our Top 25 Poll each year at Athlon Sports, we are trying to project the final year-end standings not build a preseason power poll. It might be a small and subtle difference but an important one to acknowledge.

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

Tom Herman ranks as the No. 1 coaching hire for 2017.
Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle.

Ranking the ACC's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

Duke's Krzyzewski and Cutcliffe take the top spot for 2017.
Ranking the ACC's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos 2017

The ACC isn’t hurting for talent in the coaching ranks. Some of the nation’s top coaches in college basketball or on the gridiron with college football reside in this conference. With Mike Krzyzewski and David Cutcliffe leading the way, Duke once again ranks as the top coaching tandem by Athlon Sports from the ACC.

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

Where does your team rank in terms of talent heading in 2017?
Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level.

College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

Which JUCO QBs will make the biggest impact next fall?
College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year.

5 Newcomers for the Virginia Tech Hokies to Watch in 2017

Which newcomers could make an impact in Blacksburg next year?
5 Newcomers for the Virginia Tech Hokies to Watch in 2017

The first year of the Justin Fuente era at Virginia Tech was a rousing success. But now the Hokies have to replace several of the stars that carried much of the weight this past fall.

 

Ranking the ACC's Football Rosters for 2017

Clemson is the defending national champion, but Florida State continues to dominate the recruiting trail in the ACC
Ranking the ACC's Football Rosters for 2017

The ACC has won two national titles in the past four years, something no other conference can say.

 

That’s due in large part to better coaching hires, improved facilities and just an overall larger commitment to football. But more than anything, these titles come down to having the best players.

 

College Football's Top 10 Impact True Freshmen Quarterbacks for 2017

Which incoming freshmen QBs could make an impact in 2017?
College Football's Top 10 Impact True Freshmen Quarterbacks for 2017

With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit campus prior to spring ball.

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