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SEC Football: Top 15 Must-See Games of 2018

The SEC is loaded with big games
SEC Football: Top 15 Must-See Games of 2018

The SEC is once again the most compelling conference in college football. Alabama, the defending national champion, is once again the team to beat, but there is an emerging power in the East (hint: they play in Athens, Georgia) that is poised to challenge Alabama as the top program in the league.

 

College Football Top 130 Team Rankings for 2018

Athlon ranks every FBS team
College Football 130 Team Rankings for 2018

College Football Rankings: Nick SabanRanking all 130 college football teams for 2018 is no easy task, but it's never too early to think about the upcoming season. Alabama and Clemson have met for three consecutive years in the College Football Playoff and a fourth matchup seems to be in order this fall.

College Football 2018 Coordinator Roundtable

Coordinators answer some key topics around college football in this Q&A
College Football 2018 Coordinator Roundtable

Head coaches usually get the lion’s share of the credit when things go well (and the blame when they don’t), but coordinators are often the brains of the operation, charged with directing the team’s strategy on a play-to-play basis and reacting instantaneously to what the other team is doing. Athlon Sports gathered 15 of the nation’s best offensive and defensive play-callers and picked their sizable football brains on topics ranging from the nuts and bolts of their jobs to college football’s big-picture issues.

 

Ranking the 2018 SEC Quarterbacks

Ranking the SEC's signal-callers for 2018
Ranking the 2018 SEC Quarterbacks

The SEC boasts college football's deepest collection of quarterbacks for the 2018 season. Missouri's Drew Lock, Auburn's Jarrett Stidham and Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald headline the proven upperclassmen, while Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Georgia's Jake Fromm are poised to build off promising freshman seasons. South Carolina’s Jake Bentley, Ole Miss' Jordan Ta'amu and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur round out the next tier of quarterbacks.

 

Heisman Watch: 10 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2018

Houston's Ed Oliver could be the guy to end the Heisman drought for defensive players
Heisman Watch: 10 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2018

The Heisman Trophy is awarded to college football’s most outstanding player but every preseason list is, let’s face it, not much more than a popularity contest with some of biggest names in the sport. That’s in part because we’re looking at recent eye-popping production, which means the Heisman discussion inevitably centers on guys like Stanford running back Bryce Love and Arizona QB Khalil Tate or rising stars like Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor.

 

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the SEC in 2018

The conference is Alabama's to lose, but the list of other contenders won't contain the usual suspects
Outrageous College Football Predictions for the SEC in 2018

We're starting to see the college football polls come out and odds being set in Vegas. The preview magazines, talk shows and talking heads have all had their say.

 

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Backfields for 2018

Examining which teams have the top defensive backfield in college football
College Football's Top 25 Defensive Backfields for 2018

Some of college football's top defensive backs from 2017 left for the NFL, but this position is still stocked with talent for the upcoming season. Washington's defense has ranked among the best in college football in each of the last three years, and coach Chris Petersen's group takes the top spot in Athlon's defensive backfield rankings for 2018. Cornerback Byron Murphy and safety Taylor Rapp are preseason All-America selections by Athlon Sports and will be the anchors for this unit. Michigan isn't far behind at No. 2, while Florida checks in at No. 3.

College Football's Top 25 Linebacker Units for 2018

Examining which teams have the top LB units for 2018
College Football's Top 25 Linebacker Units for 2018

Under Nick Saban’s watch, it’s no secret Alabama has developed its share of standout linebackers. Despite losing a couple of key players at this position from last season’s group, the Crimson Tide take the top spot in Athlon’s linebacker unit rankings for 2018.

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Lines for 2018

Examining which teams have the best defensive line in the nation
College Football's Top 25 Defensive Lines for 2018

The defensive line is arguably the deepest position in college football for the 2018 season. As expected, thanks to Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell passing on the NFL, Clemson takes the top spot in the defensive line unit rankings.

College Football's Top 25 Offensive Lines for 2018

Examining which teams have the best OL in the nation
College Football's Top 25 Offensive Lines for 2018

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.

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