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Ranking All 86 Games of Week 1 of the 2018 College Football Season

Ranking the watchability of every Week 1 contest
Ranking All 86 Games of Week 1 of the 2018 College Football Season

College football’s long offseason officially ended on Saturday. The 2018 season started with four FBS games in Week 0, including Colorado State-Hawaii and Wyoming-New Mexico State. Week 0 was a good appetizer, and now it's time for the main course and a full Week 1 slate of action. The first full week of games begins on Thursday, Aug. 30 and continues into Labor Day on Monday night with a showdown between Virginia Tech and Florida State. The Week 1 slate features 86 games, including Miami-LSU, Washington-Auburn, Notre Dame-Michigan and Louisville-Alabama.

 

College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game on Aug. 25

The staff makes predictions for the first Saturday of action
College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game on August 25

College football’s 2018 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 25. The Week 0 slate is a little light, but the four games on tap are an appetizer for the massive Week 1 slate. The action on Saturday begins with UMass hosting Duquesne, followed by Prairie View at Rice. The four-game FBS slate concludes with two games involving Mountain West teams. Hawaii visits Colorado State at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by Wyoming at New Mexico State at 10 p.m. ET. During the 2018 season, Athlon Sports will pick every FBS game for the upcoming week of action.

College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2018

Athlon projects college football's top 25 teams for 2018
College Football Top 25 for 2018

The 2018 college football season officially begins on Saturday, Aug. 25, but it's never too early to start thinking about what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar program tops Athlon's rankings.

 

College Football's Best Over/Under Win Total Bets for the 2018 Season

Predictions on the best over/under bets for all 10 conferences
College Football's Best Bets for the 2018 Season Over Under Win Totals

The 2018 college football season officially begins on Saturday, Aug. 25, and it’s time to finalize preseason predictions and place a few bets on over/under win totals for the upcoming year. With the start of the season right around the corner, Athlon asked two editors (Steven Lassan and Mitch Light) to provide their favorite over and under pick from all 10 conferences. Additionally, both editors provided their five favorite overall over/under college football win total bets for the 2018 season.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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