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Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
It's tough to rank the ACC coaches prior to the 2018 college football season. When Boston College's Steve Addazio, Syracuse's Dino Babers and Pitt's Pat Narduzzi rank at the bottom of the list, that's a good sign of how deep the ACC is in terms of coaching talent. At the top of the conference, Clemson's Dabo Swinney is the unquestioned No. 1 coach for 2018. Miami's...

The Most Shameful College Football Games of 2018

By John Coon, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Games matching FCS teams against FBS teams can serve a useful purpose. The big paychecks from FBS schools shore up the budget for FCS programs. Playing FBS schools also offers FCS teams a chance to put themselves on the college football map with an upset victory.   That doesn't mean all of these games make sense. Some are such bad mismatches on paper that the FBS opponent can...

ACC Football 2018 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Clemson is once again the pick to win the ACC title for the 2018 college football season, but the conference has continued to improve its depth in recent years. In Athlon's 2018 ACC predictions, 12 of the league's 14 teams are projected to reach at least six victories. Miami took a step forward under coach Mark Richt last season by winning its first Coastal Division title and are the...

Louisville Football: 2018 Cardinals Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 3 weeks ago
While Louisville must cope without Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson leading the offense, the Cardinals' questions go beyond the quarterback position. Bobby Petrino has even more questions on defense, which will be under the direction of a new coordinator. While Jackson will certainly be a tough act to follow, the new quarterback has a veteran offensive line to protect him and a talented...

College Football's Top 50 Running Backs for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
With Bryce Love returning to Stanford, along with the continued emergence of Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and Boston College's AJ Dillon, the running back position is stocked with talent for the 2018 college football season. Love ranks as Athlon's No. 1 running back for the upcoming year and should be among the leading candidates to win the Heisman...

ACC Football 2018 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 8 hours ago
With a standout defense and an explosive offense in place, Clemson is once again the team to beat in the ACC and one of the favorites to win college football’s national title in 2018. The Tigers have 15 selections on Athlon’s 2018 All-ACC Team, which is easily the most of any team in the conference. Florida State is second with 11 picks, followed by Boston College and NC State with...

Ranking the ACC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2018

By Jon Kinne, 6 months 5 days ago
Ten ACC programs qualified for bowl games in 2017. Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Georgia Tech missed out on postseason play last fall, but are teams that usually are playing in late December or on Jan. 1.   That depth of quality in the ACC makes for difficult conference schedules. Combine those conference challenges with non-conference games against the likes of Alabama, Penn State...

10 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 6 days ago
College football's 2018 season is still a few months away, but the debate about preseason predictions and rankings will start to heat up even more over the next few weeks. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2018 Athlon Sports College Football...

ACC's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2018

By Bryan Fischer, 6 months 1 week ago
If you want to win big in college football, it's no secret that you're going to need some quality play out of the most important position on the field -- quarterback. If there's any doubt about it, just look up recent Heisman Trophy winners and note how tilted the list is toward the position.   Just ask the ACC, which has benefited tremendously from having stars like Clemson...

Ranking the ACC's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2018

By Jon Kinne, 6 months 2 weeks ago
When the College Football Playoff was introduced, much was made of its impact on scheduling. With strength of schedule supposedly being a major component in the selection process, many expected the top teams to play more quality opponents in different environments.   It is open to debate whether that has actually happened. For example, this coming fall no Big Ten West team will play a...