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Ole Miss Football: 2017 Rebels Preview and Prediction

The Rebels rank No. 46 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Ole Miss Football: 2017 Rebels Preview and Prediction

High expectations entering the 2016 season materialized into a 5-7 season and no bowl invite for Ole Miss. There will be no postseason appearance this fall either, as the school has imposed a one-year bowl ban in the midst of an ongoing NCAA investigation. Additionally, coach Hugh Freeze resigned in July due to personal misconduct.

Kentucky Football: 2017 Wildcats Preview and Prediction

The Wildcats rank No. 45 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2017
Kentucky Football: 2017 Wildcats Preview and Prediction

Kentucky finally ended an extended postseason drought and a second straight bowl invite could be in the offering this fall. Head coach Mark Stoops has the bulk of his offense returning and with improved quarterback play and a more reliable passing game, the Wildcats could be quite dangerous on that side of the ball. The defense is in pretty good shape at linebacker and in the secondary, but question marks abound up front.

 

South Carolina Football: 2017 Gamecocks Preview and Prediction

Gamecocks rank No. 40 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2017
South Carolina Football: 2017 Gamecocks Preview and Prediction

South Carolina won six games and went bowling in head coach Will Muschamp’s first season despite having an offense that was among the least productive in the nation. Quarterback Jake Bentley is back to lead the Gamecocks’ attack and is one of 10 returning starters on that side of the ball. The defense also gets a big boost with the return of linebacker Skai Moore, who missed all of 2016 because of a neck injury.

Ranking the Toughest Games on Georgia’s College Football Schedule in 2017

Nick Chubb and the Bulldogs have tough road tests sprinkled throughout their slate this fall
Ranking the Toughest Games on Georgia’s College Football Schedule in 2017

Georgia is looking for a breakthrough in Kirby Smart’s second season in Athens. Such are expectations at a historical power that returns its starting quarterback, two talented running backs and 11 starters on defense.

Texas A&M Football: 2017 Aggies Preview and Prediction

Aggies rank No. 37 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Texas A&M Football: 2017 Aggies Preview and Prediction

For the third straight year, a strong finish by Texas A&M gave way to a late-season fade as the Aggies lost four of their final five games, including the Texas Bowl to Kansas State. Kevin Sumlin enters 2017 needing to break out of this 8-5 rut but he will have to do so with a new starting quarterback and the guy who was the No. 1 overall pick in the April’s NFL draft.

Mississippi State Football: 2017 Bulldogs Preview and Prediction

The Bulldogs rank No. 30 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Mississippi State Football: 2017 Bulldogs Preview and Prediction

Mississippi State won just five games in the regular season but still went bowling thanks to the team's good grades. These Bulldogs shouldn’t have to worry about bowl eligibility this fall, as head coach Dan Mullen has dual-threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to lead the offense.

Arkansas Football: 2017 Razorbacks Preview and Prediction

The Razorbacks rank No. 29 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Arkansas Football: 2017 Razorbacks Preview and Prediction

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is turning to former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads to turn around a defense that got gashed repeatedly on the ground last season. Rhoads has some pieces to work with, especially in the secondary, but the unit as a whole is inexperienced and will be making the transition to a new scheme. On offense, quarterback Austin Allen returns but will be working with a new batch of pass catchers and a complementary option in the running game will need to emerge.

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

Which teams are the toughest to rank in 2017?
15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams.

Alabama Football: 2017 Crimson Tide Preview and Prediction

The Crimson Tide rank No. 1 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
Alabama Crimson Tide 2017 Preview and Prediction

After dominating the opposition through the first 14 games, Alabama came up short late against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. That Crimson Tide team also lost 10 players to the NFL, but don’t shed any tears for Nick Saban just yet. Everyone knows Alabama doesn’t rebuild, it reloads.

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