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College Football Bowl Projections for 2019-20

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
College football's 2019 season is less than 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. Alabama and Clemson are once again the favorites to win it all this season, and Athlon Sports projects another meeting between these two teams in...

College Football 2019 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago
The pecking order among college football conferences going into the 2019 season is fairly stable. As expected (and once again), the SEC ranks as college football’s No. 1 conference. Alabama is Athlon's pick to win the 2019 national championship, with Georgia checking in at No. 3 and Florida, LSU and Texas A&M projected to finish inside of the top 10. The Big Ten ranks second and is...

Iowa Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on the Hawkeyes' Schedule

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 6 days ago
Evaluating the Big Ten West reveals the division could be as wide open as it has ever been. A number of teams in the division can make a case for why they should be the ones winning the division and playing for a Big Ten championship at the end of the year. For Iowa, a stable roster is in their favor, but the schedule is not very kind between road games and crossover division games.  ...

Penn State Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on the Nittany Lions' Schedule

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 6 days ago
After two straight years of falling short of playing for a Big Ten championship, the Penn State Nittany Lions face some new challenges in the James Franklin era this season. With no more Trace McSorley leading the offense and yet another starting running back to replace, Penn State looks to build a slightly new identity this season using some of the same philosophies that have built a contender...

What if the SEC and Big Ten College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game in 2019?

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 18 hours ago
Major League Baseball’s 2019 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night, July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level.   The SEC ranks as college football's...

Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The Big Ten race could be as open as it has ever been this upcoming college football season. With some unique turnover within the defending champion Ohio State and a Big Ten West that is up for grabs for just about any school in the division, the Big Ten certainly has plenty of questions going into the new season. And with so much uncertainty, there is a chance a player on a team will rise up to...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The start of the 2019 college football season is officially 50 days away. With the start of the upcoming season approaching on Aug. 24 and to mark 50 days until kickoff, Athlon Sports decided to pick 50 players we felt were underrated going into the upcoming season. Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is...

Nebraska Football: 5 Bold Predictions for the Cornhuskers in 2019

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The amount of faith being put into Scott Frost and his football team this year has a number of Nebraska fans nervous. “It’s too much too soon,” some say. “Can the Huskers truly rebound in such impressive form after two 4-8 seasons?” others ask. It’s time for all the optimists out there, the fans who never say die about the biggest of the Big Red...

Top 25 College Football QB Showdowns in 2019

By Bryan Fischer, 2 weeks 5 days ago
If you want to win big in college football, your first item of business is finding a quarterback who can make all the plays. There's no position more important on the field and a good one can be the difference between a conference title and trip to the playoff or being on the wrong end of an upset.   That's truer than ever nowadays with offenses throwing the football all over, all...

Illinois Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on the Fighting Illini's Schedule

By Gabe Salgado, 2 weeks 5 days ago
There are a lot of unknowns as the Illinois Fighting Illini football program prepares for the 2019 campaign. They're going through yet another change at quarterback, while recruitng and adding transfers have been extremely challenging, and they'll most likely be without their best defensive player this season. These are challenges that Lovie Smith and his staff will have to navigate as...