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College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 4 hours ago
College football’s coordinator carousel was active once again for the 2018 season. Top defensive coordinators seemed to be in demand, as four of Athlon Sports' top five hires came on that side of the ball. Texas A&M's Mike Elko ranks as Athlon's top coordinator hire for 2018, with Ohio State's Alex Grinch checking in at No. 2. Outside of the Power 5 ranks, Marshall...

Podcast: College Football Dream Road Trip for 2018 (Listen Now)

By Mitch Light, 6 days 1 hour ago
Do you love college football? (It’s a rhetorical question.)   What would be better than visiting a new venue every week of the season? Braden Gall and Mitch Light, the hosts of the Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast, have picked the games for their second annual College Football Dream Road Trip.   The rules are simple: You can visit a venue only once per season and you can see a...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
College football's 2018 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. The top four teams for the fifth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. Alabama and...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The start of the 2018 college football season is officially 50 days away. With the start of the upcoming season approaching 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 no easy...

College Football 2018 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 4 days ago
The SEC once again ranks as college football’s No. 1 conference. The league took both spots in last year’s national championship matchup, as Alabama edged Georgia in overtime to win its fifth title in nine years. Both the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are both projected by Athlon Sports to earn a repeat trip to the CFB Playoff in 2018, with Auburn and Mississippi State headlining the...

Arizona Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 5 days ago
New Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin arrives in Tucson with pieces in place that could combine for a breakout season. Arizona exceeded most expectations in 2017, at one point reaching the Top 25 en route to a winning record. Primary among the contributors, and leader of the 2018 Wildcats, quarterback Khalil Tate generated national buzz with his dual-threat playmaking.   Tate paces Arizona into...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receivers for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
The wide receiver position was hit hard by departures following the 2017 college football season, but there’s still plenty of talent on campus for ’18. Ole Miss’ A.J. Brown, Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry and West Virginia’s David Sills lead the way in Athlon’s receiver rankings, with South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, Georgia State’s Penny Hart...

Washington State Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By John Coon, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Replacing a star quarterback and a top-notch defensive coordinator means Washington State could be in for a rocky road in 2018. Mike Leach has done well to revive the football program in Pullman with 26 wins in the last three seasons. Getting to a bowl game this year could be one of the more impressive feats in his coaching career.   The schedule won't make it easy to get to six wins...

College Football's Top 15 Tight Ends for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s 2018 season features a talented group of tight ends, headlined by Iowa’s Noah Fant and Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam. Fant and Okwuegbunam each caught 11 touchdown grabs last fall and take the top two spots in Athlon’s tight end rankings for the upcoming season. Stanford’s Kaden Smith, UCLA’s Caleb Wilson and Boston College’s Tommy...

Pac-12 Wild Card Players in 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 6 days ago
The emergence of a wild-card performer can define the margin between a team winning a conference championship and falling behind the pack. Last season in the Pac-12, perhaps unexpected difference-makers like Uchenna Nwosu and Christian Rector were X-factors in USC claiming its first league crown in almost a decade.   In 2018, a largely wide-open forecast for the conference only...
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