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Heisman Watch: 12 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 5 days 10 hours ago
The Heisman Trophy is handed out to college football’s most outstanding player but when it comes to preseason predictions, the award is not much more than a popularity contest that features the biggest names in the sport. That’s one reason why you’ll hear about USC’s Sam Darnold, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson in just about every...

15 College Football Teams Poised for a Breakout Season in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 11 hours ago
Making preseason predictions or assembling rankings for all 130 college football teams is never easy. After all, it’s impossible to be 100 percent accurate at the end of any season. The emergence of breakout players, injuries, bad luck are just a few reasons why some teams don’t live up to the preseason hype. Additionally, college football always produces a handful of teams that...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the SEC in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 5 days 12 hours ago
The polls are coming out. The odds are set. The pundits and prognosticators have all had their say. There really isn't much more to do before the 2017 college football season kicks off, right?   Who am I kidding?   For better or worse, it's time once again for some OUTRAGEOUS* college football predictions heading into the 2017 slate.   Continuing on with our series...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 8 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 less than 15 days away and fall practice is ongoing for all 130 teams around the nation, which means depth chart changes, quarterback battles, freshmen and breakout players are under the microscope. With the 2017 season quickly approaching, it's...

6 Teams Ready to Turn Close Losses into Big Wins in 2017

By Athlon Sports, 6 days 11 hours ago
Looking back at the preseason polls once a season has ended is like looking at an old yearbook before your high school reunion. I really thought that hair style looked good? And what’s with that shirt? What was I thinking?   I really thought Tennessee was a top-10 team? How could I have believed that Ole Miss and Michigan State were going to be fine after what they lost following...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. Florida State and Alabama top Athlon's best defensive backfields...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme. The 2017 season...

College Football's Top 50 Offensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...

Heisman Watch: Ranking the SEC's Top Candidates for 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 5 days ago
Last season’s Heisman Trophy ceremony brought fans a rare treat with five different players invited to New York as finalists for college football’s ultimate individual honor. Despite a diverse group of players finishing behind eventual winner Lamar Jackson however, not one of those five finalists came from the SEC.   Can things change for the mighty Southeastern Conference...