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SEC's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 6 days ago
The SEC once again had an active offseason in the assistant coach ranks. Of the league’s 14 teams, nine of those programs experienced some turnover or change at offensive or defensive coordinator. Matt Canada takes over as the new play-caller for LSU, and his hire is crucial to the long-term success of coach Ed Orgeron in Baton Rouge. Larry Scott (Tennessee), Brian Daboll (Alabama), Phil...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 1 week ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 1 week ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

What if the SEC and ACC College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game in 2017?

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Major League Baseball’s 2017 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level.   The ACC and SEC ended 2016 at the top of the...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 2 weeks ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...

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

By Matt Fortuna, 6 months 2 weeks 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, 6 months 2 weeks 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...

SEC Wild Card Players in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 6 months 3 weeks 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...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 weeks 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...