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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-...

Ranking the 2018 Big Ten Quarterbacks

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 2 hours ago
The Big Ten is home to some of college football's top signal-callers for 2018. Penn State's Trace McSorley has been instrumental in the program's improvement over the last two years and is one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman Trophy this fall. Michigan State's Brian Lewerke is back after a breakout 2017 season, with Michigan's Shea Patterson checking in at No. 3 after...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big Ten in 2018

By J.P. Scott, 5 days 1 hour ago
The college football polls are rolling out and the odds are 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 college football 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...

Nebraska Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2018

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 6 days 1 hour ago
When Scott Frost was named Nebraska’s new head coach last December, everyone in Husker Nation was ecstatic. That hasn’t changed one iota in the months since.   Still, expectations are relatively level-headed with most fans feeling that a six-win season with a bowl appearance would be a fantastic start to Frost’s head coaching career at his alma mater. Regardless if...

Nebraska Football Running Back Distribution: Cracking the Code for 2018

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 week 1 hour ago
With Nebraska football practices being locked down tighter than Fort Knox, it’s tough to truly discern who’ll be starting outside of some obvious picks like Stanley Morgan, Jr. However, using some historical numbers during Scott Frost’s tenures at Oregon and UCF, we may be able to figure out who will be doing the most damage at Nebraska’s running back position — one...

Michigan Football: Debating the Pros and Cons of Coach Jim Harbaugh

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 1 day ago
It’s no secret Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is one of the most polarizing figures in college football. Harbaugh enters his fourth season in Ann Arbor with a 28-11 overall record and an 18-8 mark in Big Ten play. While the Wolverines have clearly made progress over the last three years, last season’s 8-5 record has sparked plenty of debate on whether or not Harbaugh can lead Michigan...

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...