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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.

 

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big 12 in 2018

The Big 12 championship trophy will reside in the state of Texas at the end of the year
Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big 12 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.

 

All we need to do now is kick off another ho-hum season that is sure to have very few surprises and play out exactly how we think it will, right?

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 Big 12 Quarterbacks

Ranking the Big 12's best and worst signal-callers for 2018
Ranking the 2018 Big 12 Quarterbacks

The Big 12 enters 2018 in an unusual spot. For a conference known for high-powered offenses and standout quarterback play, the league is filled with question marks at the game’s most important position. West Virginia’s Will Grier is the clear No. 1 quarterback, but uncertainty follows in the top five.

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.

Heisman Watch: Ranking the Big 12's Top Candidates for 2018

Kyler Murray has the opportunity to follow in Baker Mayfield's steps at Oklahoma
Heisman Watch: Ranking the Big 12’s Top Candidates for 2018

West Virginia Mountaineers QB Will GrierBaker Mayfield dominated the Big 12 for three seasons and turned into a record-setting quarterback at Oklahoma that culminated in winning the Heisman Trophy last season as the nation’s most outstanding player.

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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