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14 SEC Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 5 months 8 hours 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...

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 day ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.   When evaluating and ranking all 130 coaches, we established a simple criteria: Everything is considered when ranking head coaches. This is not...

College Football 2017 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks. Louisville's Lamar Jackson is the reigning Heisman winner, and he's joined by Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker...

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 1 week ago
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive and compile a ranking of the top 50 players of the Athlon Sports era. This wasn’t easy. Our checklist contained more than 300...

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

By Ryan Wright, 5 months 2 weeks 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, 5 months 3 weeks 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks 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, 6 months 3 days 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, 6 months 5 days 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...