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College Football's Top 50 Wide Receivers for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days 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, 3 weeks 1 hour 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, 3 weeks 2 hours 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, 3 weeks 1 day 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...

Oregon or Stanford: Which Team is a Bigger Threat to Washington in the Pac-12 North?

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Since the Pac-12 introduced divisions in 2011, the North has been won by three teams -- Oregon, Stanford and Washington. The Cardinal have the most division titles with four (2012-13, '15, '17), followed by the Ducks' two (2011, '14) and the Huskies (2016) have the other.   Looking ahead to 2018, Stanford may be the defending champion, but Washington is considered the...

Oregon Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Oregon football has a new head coach for the second time in as many years -- something that last occurred when Ducks basketball legend John A. Warren served a one-year stint in the football job between two Tex Oliver tenures. That was in 1942.   While first-year head coach Mario Cristobal is in a historically anomalous spot replacing Willie Taggart, his debut campaign should usher in...

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. However, as Athlon Sports has done for each of the last seven seasons leading up to the start of the upcoming year, we set out to sort out every FBS head coach from No. 1 to the bottom.   And as expected, for the seventh straight year, Alabama's Nick Saban takes the top spot. Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Clemson...

UCLA Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 6 days ago
UCLA knocked on the door of Pac-12 supremacy a few times in Jim Mora's six seasons as head coach, but never took that next step to a championship. In 2018 -- two decades removed from their last outright championship -- the Bruins welcome a head coach with three league titles since 2009.   And he hasn't even coached in the college ranks since 2012.   Chip Kelly returns to...

Utah Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By John Coon, 4 weeks 1 hour ago
Last season turned out to be an uneven one for Utah. The Utes opened 2017 with four straight wins, then ran off four straight losses before recovering to reach a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season. It promises to be a much different story for Utah and head coach Kyle Whittingham in 2018.   Utah returns a deeply talented and experienced team that is expected to be one of the top...

College Football Top 130 Team Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 22 hours ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams for 2018 is no easy task, but it's never too early to think about the upcoming season. Alabama and Clemson have met for three consecutive years in the College Football Playoff and a fourth matchup seems to be in order this fall. These two teams seem to be a step above the rest of the nation, with Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Washington, Miami,...
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