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College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 5 days 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...

SEC's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days 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...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 hours ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...

SEC Wild Card Players in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 3 weeks 5 days 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, 3 weeks 6 days 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...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 3 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 3 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 3 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...

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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