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ACC 2018 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 day 3 hours ago
Clemson dominated the ACC once again in 2018, as coach Dabo Swinney’s team finished the regular season at 13-0 and earned a No. 2 ranking for the College Football Playoff. The Tigers boasted some of the nation’s top talent, including running back Travis Etienne, defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell and rising star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Clemson features 12...

Bowl Game Predictions: College Football Picks for Every Bowl Game in 2018-19

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 23 hours ago
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 15 and continues until the national championship in Santa Clara, Calif. on Jan. 7. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 15, three writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games are slated for the first Saturday of action and nine other...

Ranking All 39 College Football Bowl Games: From Must-See to Must-Miss

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 hours ago
College football’s regular season is over and the matchups for the 2018-19 bowl season are set. In the CFB Playoff, Alabama takes on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, with Clemson meeting Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. The winner of those two games will square off in Santa Clara on Jan. 7 for the national championship. It's no secret those two games are must-see matchups, but...

College Football Rankings: Top 130 Teams

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
With the 14th week of action from the 2018 season in the books, it's time to revamp the full top 130 team projections and predictions and rank every FBS team in college football. Alabama finished the regular season as the No. 1 team after beating Georgia in the SEC Championship, followed by Clemson at No. 2 and Notre Dame at No. 3. Oklahoma jumps to No. 4 following its victory over...

North Carolina Football: 2018 Team Awards

By Jon Kinne, 1 week 2 days ago
The 2018 North Carolina football season will be remembered as the one that ended Larry Fedora’s run in Chapel Hill. a 2-9 season didn't feature a lot of positive developments, but here are some awards for the UNC football team.   Offensive MVP: Dazz Newsome, WR Antonio Ratliff-Williams could have been the call here as well, but Newsome became a viable second option in...

5 Best Coaching Encores in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 1 week 3 days ago
Mack Brown is returning to North Carolina to take over a program he once led to five straight bowl games. Will he experience the same success in this encore? Most signs point to no, but other coaches have walked away from the game and come back to nearly duplicate the greatness of their first act. Here are the five that have done it most beautifully.   5. Steve Spurrier First Act: Duke (...

College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 14)

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The 14th weekend of the 2018 season was headlined by conference championship games, including Alabama's comeback win over Georgia, Oklahoma's revenge victory over Texas, and Clemson's blowout win against Pitt. The...

College Football Week 14 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
With the 14th weekend of the 2018 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team and freshman from...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The start of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season is just one month away, but with Week 14 in the books and the regular season completed, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are Athlon's projected picks after Week 14 to reach the CFB Playoff. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are a notch...

5 Worst Coaching Encores in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 1 week 6 days ago
Mack Brown raised eyebrows this week when he left his stable gig at ESPN to return to North Carolina as head coach following the firing of Larry Fedora. Fans everywhere are bracing themselves — not because they think little of Brown’s ability — but because he has been out of the coaching game for five years. Encores after that much time has passed rarely go well.   That...