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Group of 5 Football: Top 15 Must-See Games of 2019

The annual Army-Navy game tops the list
Group of 5 Football: Top 15 Must-See Games of 2019

The Group of 5 might not produce a serious threat to win a national title — sorry UCF — but there are still a bunch of very good teams that are loaded with outstanding players.

 

Below is our list of the top 15 games involving Group of 5 teams — some involve matchups against the so-called big boys in the Power 5 and some are key games that will go long way in determining conference championships.

 

College Football's Top 30 Breakout Wide Receivers for 2019

Predicting which WRs will have a breakout season
College Football's Top 30 Breakout Wide Receivers for 2019

The wide receiver position has plenty of standouts returning for the 2019 college football season, but there's always room for new stars or breakout players to emerge. Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Clemson's Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross and Oklahoma State's Tylan Wallace are just a few of the All-America candidates returning to campus this fall. Auburn's Seth Williams, Oregon's Juwan Johnson and Georgia's George Pickens are some of the names to watch for breakout 2019 seasons.

 

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2019

Examining which teams have the best OL in the nation
College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2019

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. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line. Thanks to elite recruiting and talent development, Georgia takes the top spot in Athlon's offensive line rankings for 2019.

Mountain West Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2019

Coaches dish on all 12 MW teams
Mountain West Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2019

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 bulletin board 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 2019, Athlon asked coaches in the Mountain West to talk anonymously about their opponents.

 

Heisman Watch: Ranking the Group of 5's Top Candidates for 2019

D'Eriq King could wind up in New York City with another big season leading the Houston Cougars' high-powered offense
Heisman Watch: Ranking the Group of 5's Top Candidates for 2019

College football teams from Group of 5 conferences are often overlooked on the national landscape. The recent run of excellence at UCF is a prime example, as the Knights (banners aside) were never truly considered a national championship contender by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee despite winning 25 straight games over the last two seasons.

College Football's Top 35 Wide Receiver Groups for 2019

Examining which teams have the best group of receivers
College Football's Top 35 Wide Receiver Groups for 2019

The wide receiver position is loaded with talent for the 2019 college football season. Led by Jerry Jeudy and Jaylen Waddle, Alabama's receiving corps ranks as the best in the nation for 2019. Hunter Renfrow expired his eligibility at Clemson, but coach Dabo Swinney's team features two All-America candidates in Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. Oklahoma checks in at No. 3 among the best receiver units in the nation, followed by USC and Ohio State in the top five.

College Football's Top 30 Breakout Running Backs for 2019

Predicting which RBs will have a breakout season
College Football's Top 30 Breakout Running Backs for 2019

Running back is a deep position for returning standouts in college football, as Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Clemson's Travis Etienne, Boston College's AJ Dillon and Arizona State's Eno Benjamin all return to campus for 2019. While plenty of stars are in place at running back this fall, there's another wave of players ready to emerge with a breakout year. Alabama's Najee Harris, Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard and Maryland's Anthony McFarland are just a few of the breakout candidates to watch when the season kicks off.

 

When Does College Football Start in 2019?

The season officially kicks off with an early Week 0 matchup
When Does College Football Start in 2019

The days are counting down. College football’s 2019 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24 with two Week 0 matchups. Miami and Florida meet in Orlando, with Arizona and Hawaii set for a high-scoring affair in Honolulu later that night. The full Week 1 college football schedule of matchups is slated to begin on Thursday, Aug. 29. The opening Thursday of action features Utah at BYU, along with defending champion Clemson taking on Georgia Tech.

College Football's Top 25 Quarterback Battles for 2019

Examining the top QB battles to watch in fall practice
College Football's Top 25 Quarterback Battles for 2019

College football's countdown to kickoff for the 2019 season has officially reached 25 days on July 30. With the milestone of 25 days to go until the first game of the season, Athlon Sports is marking this occasion with a look at the top 25 quarterback battles for the upcoming year. While some battles were settled in the spring and summer, plenty of high-profile competitions remain. Auburn, Mississippi State, Washington State, TCU and Miami are just a few of the battles that will be decided in the fall. 

 

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2019

USC's Clay Helton leads the hot seat rankings for 2019
College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2019

College football’s 2019 season features 27 new coaches, so the hot seat talk and carousel could be less active this fall than it was last November. However, as usual, plenty of coaches are feeling pressure for the 2019 season. USC's Clay Helton takes the top spot after a disappointing 5-7 mark in 2018, with New Mexico's Bob Davie, Rutgers' Chris Ash and UNLV's Tony Sanchez bringing up the next tier.

 

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