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5 Worst Preseason No. 1 Teams in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 1 day 8 hours ago
Clemson, the defending national champion, will open the 2019 college football season where it finished — ranked No. 1 in the country. While no one is expecting Dabo Swinney's team to lose a bunch of games this season (far from it), the reality is that not every preseason No. 1 team has lived up to the billing.   Here are the five teams that started the season No. 1 but...

College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game on Aug. 24

By Steven Lassan, 1 day 14 hours ago
College football's 2019 season gets underway with two games on Saturday, Aug. 24, and our NCAA experts are ready with their predictions and picks. The Week 0 slate starts off with a big-time matchup in the Sunshine State between Florida and Miami. The Gators took a big step forward in coach Dan Mullen's first year last fall and are predicted to be the top competition to Georgia in...

College Football's Top 25 Linebacker Units for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 17 hours ago
For the second year in a row, Alabama takes the top spot in Athlon's ranking of the best linebacker units in college football. The Crimson Tide have to restock one spot on the inside, but Dylan Moses, Terrell Lewis and Anfernee Jennings could all push for all-conference or All-America honors at the end of the year. Georgia and LSU join Alabama in the top five, with Miami and Penn State...

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 18 hours ago
The 2019 college football season officially begins on Saturday, Aug. 24, and with less than a week before kickoff, it's time to think about NCAA football rankings. Each NCAAF season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, two teams - Clemson and Alabama - are a step ahead of the rest of the college football world...

College Football's Top 30 Defensive Lines for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 3 days 17 hours ago
The defensive line is one of college football's deepest positions in terms of individual talent for 2019, and there's also plenty of competition for the top spot among teams for the best setup in the trenches. Anchored by first-team All-American Derrick Brown, Auburn leads the way in Athlon's best defensive lines for the 2019 college football season. The Tigers are followed by Utah...

Group of 5 Football: Top 15 Must-See Games of 2019

By Mitch Light, 6 days 17 hours ago
The Group of 5 might not produce a serious threat to win a national title — sorry UCF — but there are still a bunch of very good teams that are loaded with outstanding players.   Below is our list of the top 15 games involving Group of 5 teams — some involve matchups against the so-called big boys in the Power 5 and some are key games that will go long way in determining...

College Football's Top 30 Breakout Wide Receivers for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 17 hours ago
The wide receiver position has plenty of standouts returning for the 2019 college football season, but there's always room for new stars or breakout players to emerge. Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Clemson's Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross and Oklahoma State's Tylan Wallace are just a few of the All-America candidates returning to campus this fall. Auburn's Seth Williams, Oregon's...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 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. Thanks to elite...

Iowa Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 4 days ago
Coming off a nine-win season, the Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to get back to the Big Ten Championship Game for the second time and first time since taking an undefeated record to Indianapolis in 2015. In a year in which the Big Ten West Division appears to be up for grabs, Iowa benefits by having some of the best stability on the roster, but concerns about the schedule should loom large in Iowa...

Big Ten Football: Predicting the Biggest Upsets in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 15 hours ago
So you think you have the Big Ten pretty figured out this year, huh? What happens when a curveball is thrown your way with an upset that could potentially shake up the entire landscape of the Big Ten? It happens, and who is to say it won’t happen again?   Two years ago, it looked as though Michigan was on cruise control for a shot at the Big Ten championship, but an upset loss on...