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College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 13 hours ago
The early-entry deadline for the 2021 NFL Draft officially passed on Monday, Jan. 18. Counting seniors who passed on an extra year of eligibility and underclassmen entering early, more than 400 players declared for the next level. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence, Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and BYU quarterback Zach...

Tennessee Football: 12 Coaching Candidates to Replace Jeremy Pruitt

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 12 hours ago
Tennessee fired coach Jeremy Pruitt on Monday, becoming the fourth SEC job to open in the 2020 college football coaching carousel. Pruitt went 16-19 in his tenure and appeared to show progress after a 5-7 debut in 2018. The Volunteers finished 8-5 in ’19 and entered ’20 on a six-game winning streak. However, Tennessee regressed in 2020 and finished 3-7 on a SEC-only slate. According...

Early SEC Football Predictions for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The early SEC football predictions for 2021 feature a similar balance of power atop both divisions. Alabama is the favorite in the West Division once again and is Athlon's very early pick as the No. 1 team in the nation next fall. Georgia takes the top spot in the East after slipping behind Florida in 2020. The Bulldogs have the pieces in place for another run at the College Football Playoff...

10 Most Successful Athletes/Coaches Turned Politicians

By Aaron Tallent, 1 week 5 days ago
In November's election, Alabama made Tommy Tuberville the latest person to make the jump from sports to politics when they elected him as a U.S. Senator. The former Auburn head coach (as well as Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and Cincinnati) became the first person elected to the Senate who spent almost his entire career coaching football after he defeated incumbent Doug Jones.  ...

College Football's 2020-21 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 5 days ago
The 2020 college football season will forever be remembered for being one of the most unique seasons ever played. But the sport managed to maneuver through varying starting points and cross the finish line with Alabama claiming ownership to another national championship. While there is no questioning Alabama's place in college football, some schools can make or break their image with their...

SEC Football: Ranking the 25 Best Coaches in Conference History

By Aaron Tallent, 1 week 5 days ago
Since its founding in 1932, the SEC has fielded some of the best teams in college football history and has been the home to plenty of head coaches who are members of the College Football Hall of Fame. As difficult as it may be to rank the 25 best in the conference's rich history, here's an attempt to do so. These rankings are based on a head coach's body of work in the SEC (when...

Ranking College Football's National Champions Since 1998

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 6 days ago
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has quite the collection of national championship hardware. After his 2020 Crimson Tide dismantled Ohio State for the College Football Playoff national championship in Hard Rock Stadium on Monday night, Saban earned his seventh national championship overall, and his sixth with Alabama. And he arguably did so with the best offensive team Alabama has ever fielded. But...

10 Greatest Alabama Football Teams of All Time

By Aaron Tallent, 1 week 6 days ago
Alabama won its 18th national title with a team so good that it is one of the 10 best in the program's rich history. That's saying something because a national championship does not guarantee such a ranking. Where does the 2020 squad land? Take a look.   10. 1978 Record: 11-1 Finished: Beat Penn State 14-7 in the Sugar Bowl Final Ranking: No. 1 The Crimson Tide opened 1978...

Nick Saban: 10 Fast Facts to Know

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has won seven national championships en route to establishing himself as the top college football coach in the game today, if not all time. Saban will turn 70 years old this Halloween but doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. A native of West Virginia and graduate of Kent State, Saban has been the head coach at Toledo (1990), Michigan State...

Seven-Step Drop: DeVonta Smith's Brilliance Bookends the Nick Saban 2.0 Coaching Evolution

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 6 days ago
Nick Saban is not one known to the outside world for his effusive personality or outward displays of emotions. He is famously stern, could trademark each one of his sideline tirades and lights up social media for every glancing grin he makes.   Twice in recent memory however, the elation has radiated away from the sexagenarian Alabama head coach for more than just a fleeting second or two...
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