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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.

NCAA Top 25 Quarterback Rankings Comparison

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NCAA Top 25 Quarterback Rankings Comparison

In recent weeks we've seen some of last season's top quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft, while others set out preparing for the college football season ahead.

Auburn Football: 2017 Tigers Preview and Prediction

The Tigers rank No. 9 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
Auburn Tigers 2017 Preview and Prediction

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is hoping that a new offensive coordinator and a new quarterback are just what the Tigers need to help them take that next step and emerge as a threat to Alabama in the SEC West. The good news is they will have plenty of help, as the Tigers boast one of the top running back tandems in the country. The offense will need to lead the way, at least early on, with the defense having to replace three key pieces.

LSU Football: 2017 Tigers Preview and Prediction

The Tigers rank No. 11 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
LSU Tigers 2017 Preview and Prediction

After taking over for Les Miles early last season, Ed Orgeron has put his stamp on the LSU program, highlighted by the arrival of new offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The Tigers’ new $1.5 million man is promising to open up things up on offense, but to do so he’ll need to rely on a host of new starters. The defense once again was hit hard by NFL draft departures, but plenty of talent remains in Baton Rouge.

Georgia Football: 2017 Bulldogs Preview and Prediction

The Bulldogs rank No. 15 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
Georgia Bulldogs 2017 Preview and Prediction

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is a defensive-minded guy and that figures to be the Bulldogs' strength in 2017. The defense, which was top 20 nationally in both total and passing yards per game allowed last season, returns intact and should be among the best in the SEC, if not all of FBS. Georgia also has an impressive tandem to lead its running game but needs sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason to take the next step.

Florida Football: 2017 Gators Preview and Prediction

The Gators rank No. 16 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
Florida Gators 2017 Preview and Prediction

Florida is two-for-two in winning the SEC East under head coach Jim McElwain but the Gators have their work cut out for them this fall. Not only will there be a new, inexperienced quarterback, but one of the nation’s stingiest defenses in 2016 returns just two starters and has a new coordinator.

Tennessee Football: 2017 Volunteers Preview and Prediction

The Volunteers rank No. 19 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
Tennessee Volunteers 2017 Preview and Prediction

The expectations of a preseason top-10 ranking ended in a 9-4 campaign for Tennessee, one that featured some highs (wins over Florida, Georgia and Virginia Tech) but also several lows (losses to Vanderbilt and South Carolina). The challenge now for head coach Butch Jones is to at least maintain that nine-win success and compete for an SEC East title even after suffering key personnel losses.

SEC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

Athlon honors the best in the SEC for 2017.
SEC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

Alabama is Athlon’s pick to win it all in 2017, so it should be no surprise the Crimson Tide dominate the All-SEC selections. Nick Saban’s team features 15 players on Athlon’s All-SEC squad for 2017, including 10 on the first team. Florida checks in second among SEC teams with 13 picks, while Auburn and Georgia are tied for third with 10 selections.

 

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

DJ Durkin and the Maryland Terrapins have the toughest slate of any team this fall
Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus.

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