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College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 18 hours ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar program...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 5 days 20 hours ago
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus. The question for national title-aspiring programs remains: Do you schedule down in the non-conference and hope to pile...

SEC's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 6 days 18 hours ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

Ranking the SEC's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
Nick Saban is once again the unquestioned No. 1 coach in the SEC, but the debate begins at No. 2. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Florida’s Jim McElwain and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn each have a case to earn the No. 2 spot, with Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Tennessee’s Butch Jones rounding out the next tier of options. As evidenced by the names...

Ranking the Toughest Games on South Carolina's College Football Schedule in 2017

By Rob McVey, 1 week 5 days ago
While the South Carolina Gamecocks finished 6-7 last season, it was a far better debut than most anticipated for first-year head coach Will Muschamp. The Gamecocks certainly took their lumps at times. However, a signature win over Tennessee and an unexpected bowl bid seemed to breathe some life back into a program that many believed was left for dead with the departure of the "old ball...

Top 25 SEC 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Cody McClure, 2 weeks 6 days ago
The SEC was well-represented in the 2017 NFL Draft, once again finishing as college football’s top conference in terms of talent sent to the next level. The SEC had 53 total draft picks and easily outpaced the ACC, which was second with 43.   Now we turn our attention to the SEC’s top prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft because it’s never too early, right? Per usual, the...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 2 days ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

Florida Gators 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Antwan Staley, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Jim McElwain’s second season at Florida ended a little better than his first. While the Gators finished with one less victory (nine) than in 2015, they were able to win their last game of the season, a dominating 30-3 performance against Iowa in the Outback Bowl.   Related: Florida Gators 2017 Spring Football Preview   Florida’s 2017 schedule will be a lot more...

Tennessee Volunteers 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Rob McVey, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The 2016 Tennessee Volunteers are a shining example of just how much a team’s schedule can impact its season. Following wins against SEC East foes Florida and Georgia, the Vols would emerge from the first half of a particularly brutal four-game stretch with a perfect 5-0 record. Unfortunately, the back half of that gauntlet would prove to be particularly exhausting for Butch Jones...

Alabama Crimson Tide 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Matt Fortuna, 1 month 3 days ago
Alabama opens the 2017 season in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where Nick Saban will face protégé Jimbo Fisher in what is a game we already can’t stop talking about. Win that, though, and it’s relatively smooth sailing the next few weeks, at least until nemesis Ole Miss visits on Sept. 30.   Related: Alabama Crimson Tide 2017 Spring Football Preview   The...
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