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60 Best Running Backs in College Football

Ranking college football's top running backs for the 2019 season
College Football's Top 60 Running Backs for 2019

The 2019 college football season returns a deep group of running backs, including Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor and Clemson's Travis Etienne. Taylor and Etienne take the top spot in running back rankings for the upcoming year, with Arizona State's Eno Benjamin and Boston College's AJ Dillon next in line. Alabama's Najee Harris is primed for a breakout year and ranks just outside of the top five going into the season.


College Football's Top 25 Toughest Non-Conference Schedules for 2019

Stanford's three non-conference opponents combined to win 33 games last season
College Football's Top 25 Toughest Non-Conference Schedules for 2019

Non-conference scheduling is one of the more contentious topics in a sport that feeds on contentious topics. The College Football Playoff has yet to establish a clear guideline when navigating the non-conference terrain, so scheduling continues to wildly fluctuate among the Power 5 conference programs.


Meanwhile, Group of 5 conference teams sometimes load up on high-profile dates — as much a testament to the game's economic disparities than trying to prove any playoff point.


Top 130 College Football Team Rankings for 2019

Athlon ranks every FBS team
College Football Top 130 Team Rankings for 2019

College football's 2019 season officially begins on Aug. 24, but it's never too early to project where all 130 teams will finish at the end of the year. Athlon Sports released its top 25 in May and now it's time to project the rest of the teams 26-130. Alabama and Clemson lead the way in the overall rankings, followed by Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma. There are plenty of solid teams just outside of the top 25, including Virginia Tech, Miami, Washington State, South Carolina and Cincinnati. 


Head Coaches: Worst to First in College Football

Athlon ranks every FBS college football coach for 2019
Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2019

Ranking all 130 college football head coaches before the 2019 season is an impossible task. However, as Athlon Sports has done for each of the last eight years leading up to the start of the upcoming season, we set out to sort out every FBS head coach from No. 1 to the bottom. And for the eighth straight year, Alabama's Nick Saban takes the top spot. Clemson's Dabo Swinney jumps to No. 2 with Ohio State's Urban Meyer retiring, while Washington's Chris Petersen checks in at No. 3 and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher at No. 4.


Pac-12's Best QB Showdowns in 2019

Justin Herbert's return is a big reason why Oregon is a popular pick to win the Pac-12
Pac-12's Best QB Showdowns in 2019

The conference of champions has not quite lived up to that moniker on the gridiron in recent years but one thing the Pac-12 has done with nearly unmatched consistency is produce some stellar quarterback play. The 2019 crop will once again be deep and interesting, with a variety of styles on display sure to give opposing defensive coordinators a headache each week.


College Football Win Totals: 15 Teams to Bet Big On

Here are the college teams that should beat the odds

The start of the 2019 college football season is just under two months away, and FanDuel is out with its over/under win total future bets for the upcoming year. As expected, there were plenty of interesting projections when the company released its totals in late June. While a lot can change over the next few weeks until kickoff, these 15 picks caught our attention. Which teams are worth a look to bet big on this season?

USC Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on the Trojans' Schedule 2019

Clay Helton's Trojans will have plenty of opportunities to pick up a signature victory this fall
USC Football: Trojans' 2019 Schedule Analysis

The USC Trojans head into the 2019 college football season in a similar spot. Three years ago, for this same exercise, I wrote about the Trojans hanging around without really competing for a national title but still playing highly challenging schedules. And that's how things appear to be shaping up for the 2019 Men of Troy, who are faced with the third-toughest schedule in the nation.

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2019

The playoff picture could be heavily impacted by these marquee matchups
Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2019

Between conference realignment and the perceived importance of strong schedules in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee, the number of intriguing non-conference matchups seems to grow larger each year. Many programs are beginning to figure out that if they want to get a leg up in the race to college football's final four, they need to start taking risks in the non-conference portion of their schedules.


Pac-12 Wild Card Players in 2019

Jacob Eason's highly anticipated debut at Washington could make or break the Huskies' repeat title bid
Pac-12 Wild Card Players in 2019

The annual unpredictability of the Pac-12 football race promises that every year, usually around Halloween, someone will do their best Charlie Day impression screaming, wild card!


College Football Bowl Schedule for 2019-20

A rundown of every college football bowl, start time, tv channel and date for 2019-20
College Football Bowl Schedule for 2019-20

College football's bowl schedule for 2019-20 is slated to start on Dec. 20 and continues until the NCAA national championship on Jan. 13 in New Orleans. This season's bowl slate once again includes 39 contests, plus the national title following the two CFB Playoff games (Fiesta and Peach). Due to a scheduling quirk, the two semifinal games will be played on Dec. 28. The Jan. 13 date for the national championship means the winners of the semifinal games will have to wait 15 days before their showdown in New Orleans. The bowl season kicks off with two games on Dec.