College football's 2018 season is less than 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December.
The SEC once again ranks as college football’s No. 1 conference. The league took both spots in last year’s national championship matchup, as Alabama edged Georgia in overtime to win its fifth title in nine years.
College football’s 2018 season features a talented group of tight ends, headlined by Iowa’s Noah Fant and Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam. Fant and Okwuegbunam each caught 11 touchdown grabs last fall and take the top two spots in Athlon’s tight end rankings for the upcoming season.
The emergence of a wild-card performer can define the margin between a team winning a conference championship and falling behind the pack. Last season in the Pac-12, perhaps unexpected difference-makers like Uchenna Nwosu and Christian Rector were X-factors in USC claiming its first league crown in almost a decade.
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. However, as Athlon Sports has done for each of the last seven seasons leading up to the start of the upcoming year, we set out to sort out every FBS head coach from No. 1 to the bottom.
And as expected, for the seventh straight year, Alabama's Nick Saban takes the top spot. Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Clemson's Dabo Swinney are next, followed by Washington's Chris Petersen and TCU's Gary Patterson to round out the top five.
The 2017 season was a down year for the Pac-12. However, the league’s fortunes could change quickly in 2018. Washington is a contender for the College Football Playoff, Stanford returns a Heisman candidate in running back Bryce Love, and new coaches are set to take over at Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA.
The 2018 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The Big Ten and SEC are considered by most to be the top conferences for 2018, so it should be no surprise these two leagues lead the way in selections on Athl