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Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of...

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

By Ryan Wright, 2 weeks 16 hours ago
When the 2017 college football season kicks off for LSU against BYU on Sept. 2 in Houston, a new season will bring new life to the program under the leadership of head coach Ed Orgeron.   And Orgeron used the offseason to erase any doubt regarding who is in charge, hiring Matt Canada as offensive coordinator. Canada has promised to bring more than just the “ground and pound”...

SEC Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The SEC had a down year in 2016. While Alabama made the CFB Playoff, every other team in the league finished the season with at least four losses. But that was 2016, and the outlook for the SEC in 2017 looks a little brighter. The Crimson Tide is once again the preseason favorite to win it all, with LSU and Auburn returning enough talent to rank as top 10-15 teams. It’s a tight battle at...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

LSU Football: 2017 Tigers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 14 hours ago
After taking over for Les Miles early last season, Ed Orgeron has put his stamp on the LSU program, highlighted by the arrival of new offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The Tigers’ new $1.5 million man is promising to open up things up on offense, but to do so he’ll need to rely on a host of new starters. The defense once again was hit hard by NFL draft departures, but plenty of...

SEC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 14 hours ago
Alabama is Athlon’s pick to win it all in 2017, so it should be no surprise the Crimson Tide dominate the All-SEC selections. Nick Saban’s team features 15 players on Athlon’s All-SEC squad for 2017, including 10 on the first team. Florida checks in second among SEC teams with 13 picks, while Auburn and Georgia are tied for third with 10 selections.   Athlon Sports has...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 4 days ago
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus. The question for national title-aspiring programs remains: Do you schedule down in the non-conference and hope to pile...

Ranking the SEC's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Nick Saban is once again the unquestioned No. 1 coach in the SEC, but the debate begins at No. 2. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Florida’s Jim McElwain and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn each have a case to earn the No. 2 spot, with Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Tennessee’s Butch Jones rounding out the next tier of options. As evidenced by the names...

Top 25 SEC 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Cody McClure, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The SEC was well-represented in the 2017 NFL Draft, once again finishing as college football’s top conference in terms of talent sent to the next level. The SEC had 53 total draft picks and easily outpaced the ACC, which was second with 43.   Now we turn our attention to the SEC’s top prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft because it’s never too early, right? Per usual, the...