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Heisman Watch: Ranking the Group of 5's Top Candidates for 2018

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 4 days 1 hour ago
It’s been a long time since a player from a non-power conference won the Heisman Trophy. The last, BYU quarterback Ty Detmer, set 42 NCAA records on his way to earning college football’s highest individual honor in 1990. Back then, the Cougars were members of the Western Athletic Conference.   It’s even difficult for top player from a Group of 5 conference to earn an...

College Football 2018 Coordinator Roundtable

By Athlon Sports, 4 days 2 hours 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-...

Mason Fine, Ty Gangi and Andrew Ford Lead Group of 5 QBs to Watch in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 5 days 1 hour ago
Ninety-eight yards, 57 seconds.   In one, game-winning drive last October vs. Conference USA rival UT-San Antonio, North Texas quarterback Mason Fine gained a national reputation. The sequence included Fine rolling out and then delivering a bomb through three defenders into the hands of receiver Michael Lawrence. Fine completed the drive when he found wide receiver Rico Bussey up the...

UCF Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2018

By Kevin McGuire, 5 days 2 hours ago
After completing an undefeated season and celebrating the accomplishments, it is now time for UCF to turn the page toward the 2018 season. A new head coach making his head coaching debut leaves some questions for the defending AAC champions to address, but having a quarterback the caliber of McKenzie Milton should help keep things rolling this season.   UCF did not lose a game last season...

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...

College Football's Top 25 Offensive Lines for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days 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. Wisconsin has produced...

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 hour ago
The wide receiver position experienced a significant amount of turnover following the 2017 college football season. Big-time playmakers like James Washington, Anthony Miller and Calvin Ridley departed for the NFL, leaving a host of names to step up into the spotlight for 2018. Ole Miss takes the top spot in Athlon's wide receiver unit rankings for 2018, followed by West Virginia and Oklahoma...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
With the 2018 season less than a month away, it's time to hand out preseason hardware and honor the best college football running back units for the upcoming year. 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...