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College Football 2018 Coordinator Roundtable

By Athlon Sports, 4 days 5 hours ago
Head coaches usually get the lion’s share of the credit when things go well (and the blame when they don’t), but coordinators are often the brains of the operation, charged with directing the team’s strategy on a play-to-play basis and reacting instantaneously to what the other team is doing. Athlon Sports gathered 15 of the nation’s best offensive and defensive play-...

Ranking the 2018 Big 12 Quarterbacks

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 hours ago
The Big 12 enters 2018 in an unusual spot. For a conference known for high-powered offenses and standout quarterback play, the league is filled with question marks at the game’s most important position. West Virginia’s Will Grier is the clear No. 1 quarterback, but uncertainty follows in the top five. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray have more upside than...

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Backfields for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Some of college football's top defensive backs from 2017 left for the NFL, but this position is still stocked with talent for the upcoming season. Washington's defense has ranked among the best in college football in each of the last three years, and coach Chris Petersen's group takes the top spot in Athlon's defensive backfield rankings for 2018. Cornerback Byron Murphy and...

Heisman Watch: Ranking the Big 12's Top Candidates for 2018

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 4 days ago
Baker Mayfield dominated the Big 12 for three seasons and turned into a record-setting quarterback at Oklahoma that culminated in winning the Heisman Trophy last season as the nation’s most outstanding player. Despite his departure to the NFL though, the league will have no shortage of players who could follow in his footsteps and wind up hoisting the same trophy in New York come December...

College Football's Top 25 Linebacker Units for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
Under Nick Saban’s watch, it’s no secret Alabama has developed its share of standout linebackers. Despite losing a couple of key players at this position from last season’s group, the Crimson Tide take the top spot in Athlon’s linebacker unit rankings for 2018. Dylan Moses and Mack Wilson will step in as the new anchors on the interior of the 3-4 linebacker unit, and both...

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Lines for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
The defensive line is arguably the deepest position in college football for the 2018 season. As expected, thanks to Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell passing on the NFL, Clemson takes the top spot in the defensive line unit rankings. The Tigers have consistently produced elite lines under coordinator Brent Venables, and this unit is a big reason why coach Dabo Swinney’s...

College Football's Top 25 Offensive Lines for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 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. Wisconsin has produced...

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 hours ago
The wide receiver position experienced a significant amount of turnover following the 2017 college football season. Big-time playmakers like James Washington, Anthony Miller and Calvin Ridley departed for the NFL, leaving a host of names to step up into the spotlight for 2018. Ole Miss takes the top spot in Athlon's wide receiver unit rankings for 2018, followed by West Virginia and Oklahoma...

Big 12 Football: Predicting the Biggest Upsets in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 1 day ago
A month before the start of the 2018 season, the Big 12 feels like a parity-ridden league.   There’s one clear favorite in the league, Oklahoma. There’s one obvious doormat in Kansas. Baylor is still digging out of the destruction wrought by Art Briles’ regime. Otherwise, the rest of conference’s seven teams seem hard to sort out.   When so many teams are...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
With the 2018 season less than a month away, it's time to hand out preseason hardware and honor the best college football running back units for the upcoming year. 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...