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

By Matt Fortuna, 4 weeks 15 hours 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, 4 weeks 15 hours 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, 4 weeks 15 hours 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 (10-1)

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 15 hours 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...

14 SEC Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The SEC is in need of a bounce-back season in 2017, specifically those of you located outside the state of Alabama, which appears to have two well-situated football programs after last season.   The rest? We’ll see. Six SEC teams are in Athlon’s preseason top 25, meaning success could be just around the corner.   Here are the most interesting and important stats...

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

By Rob McVey, 4 weeks 1 day ago
While the Tennessee Volunteers’ 2017 football schedule should be less taxing than the one they faced last season, there are still plenty of significant challenges on the slate.   For starters, the Vols must go on the road to face both Florida and Alabama, the two SEC Championship Game participants a season ago. Matchups against Georgia, LSU and Georgia Tech also make for a tough...

Kirby Smart Plans to Use Wealth of In-State Talent to Return Georgia to National Prominence

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 1 day ago
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Ranking the Toughest Games on Texas A&M’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Ryan Wright, 1 month 15 hours ago
Each season brings a renewed sense of optimism to the college football landscape, but in College Station the Texas A&M Aggies will have their backs up against the wall from the opening kickoff. The pressure is squarely on head coach Kevin Sumlin to break a three-year streak of 8-5 showings that has the 12th Man rumbling about a better fit on the sidelines.   The 2016 season was a near...

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 15 hours ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.   When evaluating and ranking all 130 coaches, we established a simple criteria: Everything is considered when ranking head coaches. This is not...

Minkah Fitzpatrick Talks Defense, Alabama Football and Coach Saban

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 5 days ago
There aren’t too many defensive backs like Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has played just about every position in the Alabama secondary in his first two seasons on campus. The All-American has eight career interceptions — four of which he’s returned for touchdowns, including two in one game in 2015.   The former five-star recruit came to Alabama from Old Bridge, N.J., and...
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