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Outrageous Predictions for the 2017 Heisman Trophy Ceremony

By J.P. Scott, 4 weeks 1 day ago
As we continue on with the annual preseason Outrageous Predictions series for college football, it's time to take a look at the race for the most prestigious and coveted individual award in college football – the Heisman Trophy.   The annual race for the Heisman Trophy rarely goes how the experts think it will. Everyone has a list of front-runners and favorites, but most of...

Clemson Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 2 days ago
The 2017 college football season is about to begin and it will get exciting really quickly for Clemson fans. On Sept. 2, the 81,500 in attendance at Death Valley will honor the defending national champions in their first game since winning the title in January. Then in week two, the Auburn Tigers – along with their lofty expectations – will come rolling into town.   Speaking...

College Football's Top 30 Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The SEC is home to some of college football’s top talent at running back in 2017. Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and LSU each make an appearance in the top 30 running back tandems for the upcoming season. The Crimson Tide own the deepest depth chart at this position, but the Bulldogs take the top spot in tandems with the return of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.    Having two running...

15 College Football Teams Poised for a Breakout Season in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
Making preseason predictions or assembling rankings for all 130 college football teams is never easy. After all, it’s impossible to be 100 percent accurate at the end of any season. The emergence of breakout players, injuries, bad luck are just a few reasons why some teams don’t live up to the preseason hype. Additionally, college football always produces a handful of teams that...

Predicting the ACC's Biggest Upsets in 2017

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 month 4 days ago
There's something a little more compelling about a big upset in college football than most anywhere else.   This year, the ACC has a number of top-level teams, so the chances for a big stunner are there for the taking.   Teams like Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Miami and Virginia Tech all seem to have the requisite amount of preseason hype, so those are the squads that...

6 Teams Ready to Turn Close Losses into Big Wins in 2017

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 5 days ago
Looking back at the preseason polls once a season has ended is like looking at an old yearbook before your high school reunion. I really thought that hair style looked good? And what’s with that shirt? What was I thinking?   I really thought Tennessee was a top-10 team? How could I have believed that Ole Miss and Michigan State were going to be fine after what they lost following...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 6 days ago
The polls are coming out. The odds are set. The pundits and prognosticators have all had their say. There really isn't much more to do before the 2017 college football season kicks off, right?   Who am I kidding?   For better or worse, it's time once again for some OUTRAGEOUS* college football predictions heading into the 2017 slate.   We're going to get things...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. Florida State and Alabama top Athlon's best defensive backfields...

North Carolina Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 1 week ago
Larry Fedora inherited a solid program when he took over the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2012. The Heels had four consecutive winning seasons prior to Fedora’s arrival in Chapel Hill, though there was some turmoil off of the field. Despite uncertainty with regards to the NCAA, Fedora has maintained UNC’s winning ways, going to four straight bowl games as well as playing in the 2015...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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...