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College Football Top 130 Team Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 days 20 hours ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams for 2018 is no easy task, but it's never too early to think about the upcoming season. Alabama and Clemson have met for three consecutive years in the College Football Playoff and a fourth matchup seems to be in order this fall. These two teams seem to be a step above the rest of the nation, with Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Washington, Miami,...

College Football 2018 Coordinator Roundtable

By Athlon Sports, 4 days 1 hour ago
Head coaches usually get the lion’s share of the credit when things go well (and the blame when they don’t), but coordinators are often the brains of the operation, charged with directing the team’s strategy on a play-to-play basis and reacting instantaneously to what the other team is doing. Athlon Sports gathered 15 of the nation’s best offensive and defensive play-...

Virginia Tech Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2018

By Jon Kinne, 6 days 1 hour ago
In his last four years at Virginia Tech, legendary head coach Frank Beamer was a combined 29-23. Justin Fuente made a seamless transition in terms of maintaining the Hokies' culture after he was hired in 2015. While respecting the history of the program, Fuente also added his own twist, especially on the offensive side of the ball.   It didn’t hurt that he has won games, going...

NC State Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2018

By Antwan Staley, 1 week 1 hour ago
NC State surprised some people last season as the Wolfpack finished with a 9-4 record and second in the ACC Atlantic Division with a 6-2 mark. With quarterback Ryan Finley returning, Dave Doeren's team is hoping to finish near the top of the Atlantic once again.   But NC State will have a few players to replace especially on the defensive side of the ball. What could help is the...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2018

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 1 hour ago
We're starting to see the college football polls come out and odds being set in Vegas. The preview magazines, talk shows and talking heads have all had their say.   All we need to do now is kick off another ho-hum season that is sure to have very few surprises and play out exactly how we all think it will, right?   You know that's not how this works.   For better or...

Ranking the 2018 ACC Quarterbacks

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
Clemson, Florida State and Miami are projected by most to be the ACC’s top teams in 2018. However, all three programs opened fall practice with some uncertainty at quarterback. While uncertainty in quarterback battles can be a bad thing, none of the three teams are hurting for talent under center. It’s just a matter of settling the competition and picking a No. 1 option. The battles...

ACC Football: Predicting the Biggest Upsets in 2018

By Jon Kinne, 1 week 1 day ago
They’re coming. Somewhere, at some time, an unheralded team will rise up and knock off a more glorified opponent. It happens every year and the ACC is certainly not immune to these upsets.   Last year’s big stunner came in October on Friday the 13th when Syracuse took down No. 2 Clemson at the Carrier Dome. Remarkably, that would be the last win of the year for the Orange....

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Backfields for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Some of college football's top defensive backs from 2017 left for the NFL, but this position is still stocked with talent for the upcoming season. Washington's defense has ranked among the best in college football in each of the last three years, and coach Chris Petersen's group takes the top spot in Athlon's defensive backfield rankings for 2018. Cornerback Byron Murphy and...

College Football's Top 25 Linebacker Units for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
Under Nick Saban’s watch, it’s no secret Alabama has developed its share of standout linebackers. Despite losing a couple of key players at this position from last season’s group, the Crimson Tide take the top spot in Athlon’s linebacker unit rankings for 2018. Dylan Moses and Mack Wilson will step in as the new anchors on the interior of the 3-4 linebacker unit, and both...

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Lines for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
The defensive line is arguably the deepest position in college football for the 2018 season. As expected, thanks to Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell passing on the NFL, Clemson takes the top spot in the defensive line unit rankings. The Tigers have consistently produced elite lines under coordinator Brent Venables, and this unit is a big reason why coach Dabo Swinney’s...
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