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College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 2 weeks 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, 3 months 2 weeks 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...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receiver Groups for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The 2017 season features a significant amount of turnover at wide receiver, opening the door for new stars and breakout players to emerge this fall. However, despite some big names moving onto the NFL, there is a clear No. 1 receiver group returning this season. Oklahoma State is loaded with talent, including first-team All-American James Washington, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson and senior Marcell...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Why Alabama Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2017

By Mark Ross, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Since the introduction of the College Football Playoff three seasons ago, there has been one constant – the Alabama Crimson Tide. Nick Saban’s team is the only one to appear in every installment of college football’s final four, yet another testament to the powerhouse he has built in Tuscaloosa.   And while critics can point to Alabama’s so-so 3-2 record in the...

Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Uncertainty surrounded the SEC’s quarterbacks going into the 2016 season, but that won’t be the case for 2017. The league is deep at this position, headlined by Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Arkansas’ Austin Allen. In addition to the top three, the SEC will have additional reinforcements with the development of South Carolina’s Jake...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has talked about strength of schedule playing an important role in their final rankings and teams are really paying attention on that front judging by the burgeoning number of terrific non-conference matchups. Last season brought us one of the greatest slates ever across the country and 2017 isn’t much different with numerous blockbuster...