The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads back out west for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List.
College football returns plenty of stars at the quarterback position for 2019, but there's another wave of players ready to emerge with a breakout year. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Georgia's Jake Fromm, Texas' Sam Ehlinger and Oregon's Justin Herbert are just a few of the big names returning this fall, while Nebraska's Adrian Martinez and Ohio State's Justin Fields could join the list of top 10 quarterbacks with a big year.
The 2019 college football season officially begins on Saturday, Aug. 24, but it's never too early to start thinking about what might transpire this fall. Each NCAAF season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, two teams - Clemson and Alabama - are a step ahead of the rest of the college football world and are poised for a rematch in the national championship game.
The transfer portal and player movement has been a popular topic throughout the offseason, but quarterback transfers have always been an interesting storyline prior to any college football season. That's certainly the case in 2019, as a number of high-profile players have changed teams for the upcoming year. Jalen Hurts is making the move from Alabama to Oklahoma, while Justin Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State for an opportunity to start.
The transition at head coach from Scott Frost to Josh Heupel was a seamless one for UCF, as the Knights capped the 2018 season with a 12-1 mark and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. Heupel's second year features more question marks than his debut, but UCF is Athlon's pick to rank as the top Group of 5 team once again. With McKenzie Milton sidelined for 2019, there will be another quarterback at the helm of an offense loaded with skill talent. The defense had issues against the run last season and features significant concerns in the trenches going into the fall.
The Pac-12 has plenty of star power returning with Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault and Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin, but as expected with every year, new faces are set to emerge as breakout players in 2019. Selecting which players will have a breakout season is no easy assignment. The definition of a breakout player varies from each analyst to fanbase. However, with the start of the season less than 50 days away, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some names as breakout candidates around the Pac-12 this season.
Whether it was head coaches, coordinators or position coaches, college football's coaching carousel was especially active this offseason. In addition to the 27 changes among head coaches, there were numerous and important hires for coordinators. Oklahoma's Alex Grinch takes the top spot as the No. 1 coordinator hire for 2019, followed by three offensive play-callers in Ole Miss' Rich Rodriguez, Florida State's Kendal Briles, and Miami's Dan Enos. Of the top 10 hires by Athlon Sports, seven were on the offensive side of things.