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College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme. The 2017 season...

College Football's Top 50 Offensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receiver Groups for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The 2017 season features a significant amount of turnover at wide receiver, opening the door for new stars and breakout players to emerge this fall. However, despite some big names moving onto the NFL, there is a clear No. 1 receiver group returning this season. Oklahoma State is loaded with talent, including first-team All-American James Washington, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson and senior Marcell...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Heisman Watch: Ranking the ACC’s Top Candidates for 2017

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 months 1 week ago
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner resides in the ACC. However, most of the other candidates for this coming season do not.   Lamar Jackson of Louisville proved to be a one-man wrecking crew as a sophomore, as the quarterback took the college football landscape by storm and won the sport's most prestigious award despite his team falling apart down the stretch.   Projecting...

Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
A year after the ACC featured one of its deepest quarterback groups in recent memory, the conference enters 2017 with turnover at several programs. Gone are standouts like Deshaun Watson, Brad Kaaya, Jerod Evans, Mitch Trubisky and Nathan Peterman. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson – the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner – and Florida State’s Deondre Francois are the top two...

Louisville Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 months 2 weeks ago
There will be a lot of assumptions that the Louisville Cardinals football team will take a step back this season.   After all, a Heisman Trophy winner tends to see a bit of a drop-off if he returns the following year, and quarterback Lamar Jackson comes back as a junior with otherworldly expectations he can't possibly fulfill.   On top of that, the sour taste of the end of...

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has talked about strength of schedule playing an important role in their final rankings and teams are really paying attention on that front judging by the burgeoning number of terrific non-conference matchups. Last season brought us one of the greatest slates ever across the country and 2017 isn’t much different with numerous blockbuster...
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