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.
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of the ball have a few holes to fill, coach Nick Saban’s program is still the team to beat. Ohio State is a close No.
The Big Ten returns six 1,000-yard rushers from 2016, including a Heisman Trophy candidate in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, along with Northwestern’s Justin Jackson and Ohio State’s Mike Weber. Jackson has recorded three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, while Weber posted 1,096 in his first year of action with the Buckeyes.
Though the Fighting Irish suffered through a disappointing 4-8 record in 2016, there were some bright spots that shone through during the trying times. DeShone Kizer performed reasonably well despite the record, leading to being selected 52nd overall by the Cleveland Browns.
Running backs Josh Adams and Dexter Williams combined for a dynamic ground attack last year and enter their junior and sophomore seasons, respectively, looking to increase production and take some pressure off newly-minted starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush.
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.
The Pac-12 boasts a talented group of running backs returning for 2017, as Washington’s Myles Gaskin, Oregon’s Royce Freeman and USC’s Ronald Jones are expected to challenge for All-America honors. Freeman missed most of last season due to injury but has the most returning rushing yardage of any FBS player this fall.
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders.