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Ranking the Toughest Games on Auburn’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Gus Malzahn’s fifth Auburn team has high expectations, as the Tigers are coming off a Sugar Bowl appearance and have several proven offensive pieces that should make this team scary. But what kind of traps might be ahead for Auburn?   An SEC East crossover opponent like Georgia is always challenging, especially in a year like this one. So, too, is a non-conference behemoth like...

SEC's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The SEC wasn’t at its usual strength in 2016, but the league is poised to once again rank at the top of college football’s conference hierarchy this fall. Alabama is the preseason favorite to win the national title, while Auburn, Georgia and LSU claim a spot in Athlon’s projected top 15 teams for 2017. The defending East Division champion (Florida) checks in at No. 16 and is an...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 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 fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Arkansas' College Football Schedule in 2017

By Ryan Wright, 3 weeks 11 hours ago
The Arkansas Razorbacks enter the 2017 season ready to push Bret Bielema into the upper echelon of SEC head coaches. Over the past three seasons, Bielema has guided the Razorbacks to a 22-17 mark with key SEC wins against Ole Miss, LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Florida serving as proof his team can play with any conference opponent. But for the Hogs to take the next step forward...

SEC Wild Card Players in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 3 weeks 3 days ago
It’s no secret that there are some pretty good football players in the SEC. The league had 21 players drafted across the first two rounds of this past NFL draft alone, a new record for a conference.   But what about those who fly slightly under the radar? Sure, they may eventually be NFL-bound, too, but not everyone is a five-star recruit, or a guy coming off an All-American season...

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

By Antwan Staley, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Jim McElwain’s second season with Florida Gators went about the same as his first. The team finished 9-4 and won the SEC East for the second consecutive season. But the Gators again lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.   If Florida wants to win the SEC East again and play in Atlanta, it will need to replace several key players from its top-five defense from last season....

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle. While no hire can be judged accurately prior to the first game or even after the completion of a full season, this year’s cycle didn...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Alabama’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Alabama’s two toughest games are, almost without question, its first and last of the regular season.   None of us can wait any longer to finally see the Crimson Tide clash with Florida State. But what will that game mean for either team in the immediate aftermath? Both have tremendously high expectations and plenty of opportunities to get better throughout the season.   Can...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (30-11)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...
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