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College Football's Top 30 Breakout Running Backs for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Running back is a deep position for returning standouts in college football, as Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Clemson's Travis Etienne, Boston College's AJ Dillon and Arizona State's Eno Benjamin all return to campus for 2019. While plenty of stars are in place at running back this fall, there's another wave of players ready to emerge with a breakout year. Alabama's...

When Does College Football Start in 2019?

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
The days are counting down. College football’s 2019 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24 with two Week 0 matchups. Miami and Florida meet in Orlando, with Arizona and Hawaii set for a high-scoring affair in Honolulu later that night. The full Week 1 college football schedule of matchups is slated to begin on Thursday, Aug. 29. The opening Thursday of action features...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterback Battles for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
College football's countdown to kickoff for the 2019 season has officially reached 25 days on July 30. With the milestone of 25 days to go until the first game of the season, Athlon Sports is marking this occasion with a look at the top 25 quarterback battles for the upcoming year. While some battles were settled in the spring and summer, plenty of high-profile competitions remain. Auburn,...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 18 hours ago
College football’s 2019 season features 27 new coaches, so the hot seat talk and carousel could be less active this fall than it was last November. However, as usual, plenty of coaches are feeling pressure for the 2019 season. USC's Clay Helton takes the top spot after a disappointing 5-7 mark in 2018, with New Mexico's Bob Davie, Rutgers' Chris Ash and UNLV's...

Examining the Over/Under 2019 Win Totals for the American Athletic Conference (AAC)

By Matt Josephs, 4 weeks 18 hours ago
The AAC has been UCF's playground the past couple of years and it could be once again in 2019, but I think there are several teams in each division that are very capable of making things interesting. Cincinnati, Temple and USF are all bowl-caliber teams while the west features Memphis and Houston.   FanDuel Sportsbook has all of the win totals released, but you can only get it in New...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
College football returns plenty of stars at the quarterback position for 2019, but there's another wave of players ready to emerge with a breakout year. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Georgia's Jake Fromm, Texas' Sam Ehlinger and Oregon's Justin Herbert are just a few of the big names returning this fall, while Nebraska's Adrian Martinez and...

American Athletic Conference is on Solid Ground but has Bigger Goals

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 4 days ago
If you want to make a case for the ongoing improvement of the American Athletic Conference, Mike Aresco has you covered. The league’s commissioner and former television executive has stats. He has a lot of them. And he enjoys providing them to the media whenever possible.   Did you know that the top half of the AAC is 22–14 vs. the Power 5? Did you know that there’s a...

College Football's Impact Quarterback Transfers for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
The transfer portal and player movement has been a popular topic throughout the offseason, but quarterback transfers have always been an interesting storyline prior to any college football season. That's certainly the case in 2019, as a number of high-profile players have changed teams for the upcoming year. Jalen Hurts is making the move from Alabama to Oklahoma, while Justin Fields...

UCF Football: 2019 Knights Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 6 days ago
The transition at head coach from Scott Frost to Josh Heupel was a seamless one for UCF, as the Knights capped the 2018 season with a 12-1 mark and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. Heupel's second year features more question marks than his debut, but UCF is Athlon's pick to rank as the top Group of 5 team once again. With McKenzie Milton sidelined for 2019, there will be another...

Group of 5 Wild Card Players in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 1 week ago
When it comes to the Group of 5 and the chase for that lucrative New Year's Six bowl game at the end of the season, sometimes all you need is a game-changing player stepping up when it counts the most. Sometimes it will be the star player everybody knows about. Other times it may be somebody flying under the radar as a backup or working their way up the depth chart due to injuries or...