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College Football 2018 Coordinator Roundtable

By Athlon Sports, 3 days 18 hours ago
Head coaches usually get the lion’s share of the credit when things go well (and the blame when they don’t), but coordinators are often the brains of the operation, charged with directing the team’s strategy on a play-to-play basis and reacting instantaneously to what the other team is doing. Athlon Sports gathered 15 of the nation’s best offensive and defensive play-...

Ranking the 2018 Big Ten Quarterbacks

By Steven Lassan, 3 days 19 hours ago
The Big Ten is home to some of college football's top signal-callers for 2018. Penn State's Trace McSorley has been instrumental in the program's improvement over the last two years and is one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman Trophy this fall. Michigan State's Brian Lewerke is back after a breakout 2017 season, with Michigan's Shea Patterson checking in at No. 3 after...

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Backfields for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Some of college football's top defensive backs from 2017 left for the NFL, but this position is still stocked with talent for the upcoming season. Washington's defense has ranked among the best in college football in each of the last three years, and coach Chris Petersen's group takes the top spot in Athlon's defensive backfield rankings for 2018. Cornerback Byron Murphy and...

College Football's Top 25 Linebacker Units for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Under Nick Saban’s watch, it’s no secret Alabama has developed its share of standout linebackers. Despite losing a couple of key players at this position from last season’s group, the Crimson Tide take the top spot in Athlon’s linebacker unit rankings for 2018. Dylan Moses and Mack Wilson will step in as the new anchors on the interior of the 3-4 linebacker unit, and both...

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Lines for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The defensive line is arguably the deepest position in college football for the 2018 season. As expected, thanks to Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell passing on the NFL, Clemson takes the top spot in the defensive line unit rankings. The Tigers have consistently produced elite lines under coordinator Brent Venables, and this unit is a big reason why coach Dabo Swinney’s...

Big Ten Football: Predicting the Biggest Upsets in 2018

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 4 days ago
You may think you know how the Big Ten is going to play out this season, but what if you don’t? What if chaos erupts within the Big Ten season and title contenders and College Football Playoff candidates slip up? It is entirely possible given what the schedule is looking like in 2018.   Big Ten favorites Ohio State and Wisconsin have some good challenges ahead of them, and there are...

College Football's Top 25 Offensive Lines for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 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. Wisconsin has produced...

Heisman Watch: Ranking the Big Ten's Top Candidates for 2018

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 6 days ago
The Big Ten’s Heisman Trophy drought continues as the 2018 season begins, but the conference may have a few players capable of bringing that to an end. The Big Ten’s last Heisman Trophy winner was Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006, now the conference’s longest drought since Archie Griffin’s second Heisman in 1975 and Desmond Howard winning the award in '91. Could this...

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
The wide receiver position experienced a significant amount of turnover following the 2017 college football season. Big-time playmakers like James Washington, Anthony Miller and Calvin Ridley departed for the NFL, leaving a host of names to step up into the spotlight for 2018. Ole Miss takes the top spot in Athlon's wide receiver unit rankings for 2018, followed by West Virginia and Oklahoma...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 18 hours ago
With the 2018 season less than a month away, it's time to hand out preseason hardware and honor the best college football running back units for the upcoming year. While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to...