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Kent State Football: 2017 Golden Flashes Preview and Prediction

The Golden Flashes rank No. 127 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Kent State Football: 2017 Golden Flashes Preview and Prediction

Kent State has gone 3-9 each of the past two seasons, which is one of the reasons why head coach Paul Haynes enters a critical campaign. Despite the record, the Golden Flashes were competitive in most of their MAC games, losing three of them by less than a touchdown. The offense didn’t offer a ton of support in 2016 and needs more playmakers to emerge to take some of the load off of the quarterback. The defense kept Kent State in most games, but returns just five starters.

Charlotte Football: 2017 49ers Preview and Prediction

The 49ers rank No. 126 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Charlotte Football: 2017 49ers Preview and Prediction

Charlotte doubled its win last season compared to 2015, which is impressive considering it was the 49ers’ second season in FBS and as a member of Conference USA. Now the challenge for head coach Brad Lambert is to build on that momentum while having to replace the core players from the program’s first recruiting class. There are some rather large holes to fill on both sides of the ball, so it’s entirely possible that Charlotte takes a step backward, at least in the win column, this fall.

 

Minkah Fitzpatrick Talks Defense, Alabama Football and Coach Saban

Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick answers it all in our exclusive Q&A.
Minkah Fitzpatrick Talks Defense, Alabama Football and Coach Saban

There aren’t too many defensive backs like Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has played just about every position in the Alabama secondary in his first two seasons on campus. The All-American has eight career interceptions — four of which he’s returned for touchdowns, including two in one game in 2015.

 

New Mexico State Football: 2017 Aggies Preview and Prediction

The Aggies rank No. 125 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
New Mexico State Football: 2017 Aggies Preview and Prediction

New Mexico State is entering its final season as a member of the Sun Belt as the Aggies will become an FBS Independent in 2018. New Mexico State probably won’t make much of a splash in the standings on their way out, although head coach Doug Martin does have 16 starters returning. The offense could surprise, especially if the offensive line can protect the quarterback and open holes for one of the nation’s most productive running backs.

Coastal Carolina Football: 2017 Chanticleers Preview and Prediction

Chanticleers rank No. 124 in Athlon’s Top 25 for 2017
Coastal Carolina Football: 2017 Chanticleers Preview and Prediction

Coastal Carolina is making the jump from FCS to FBS as the 12th member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Chanticleers are eligible for the conference crown, but can’t go to a bowl game in their transitional season. Even though Coastal Carolina went 10-2 last season, six wins against better competition was probably too lofty a goal in the first place. Head coach Joe Moglia only has eight total starters returning as his best players on both sides of the ball and a good chunk of his offensive line have all departed.

Buffalo Football: 2017 Bulls Preview and Prediction

The Bulls rank No. 123 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Buffalo Football: 2017 Bulls Preview and Prediction

Buffalo took a step backwards last season, winning just two games after going 5-7 in head coach Lance Leipold’s 2015 debut. The Bulls ranked last in the MAC in points scored and 10th in points allowed per game, so there’s room for improvement on both sides of the ball. Leipold is hoping a dual-threat quarterback and trio of running backs can give the receiving corps time to develop, but that’s somewhat dependent upon how quickly an improving offensive line comes together.

San Jose State Football: 2017 Spartans Preview and Prediction

The Spartans rank No. 122 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
San Jose State Football: 2017 Spartans Preview and Prediction

Brent Brennan is a rookie head coach, but his ties with San Jose State run deep, so he knows full well the task ahead of him. The Spartans won just four games last season, but this team could be hard-pressed to match that given the question marks throughout this roster. The offense has some skill position players, but the quarterback position is up for grabs and while the offensive line boats plenty of experience, the group's production has lacked.

Georgia State Football: 2017 Panthers Preview and Prediction

The Panthers rank No. 121 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2017
Georgia State Football: 2017 Panthers Preview and Prediction

After stepping in for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina following his retirement, Shawn Elliott will get a chance to mold the Georgia State program. The Panthers went just 3-9 last season and will be adjusting to a new offense. Elliott inherits 15 returning starters and his best offensive weapon could be a player who missed last season because of injury. However, he will likely lean on a defense that should be solid in the secondary and serviceable up front in hopes of improving upon last season’s win total while making a little noise in the Sun Belt.

 

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