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College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The 2018 college football season is still months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. Houston's Ed Oliver takes the top spot in Athlon's early top 50 players returning for 2018, with Clemson's Christian Wilkins and Stanford's Bryce Love rounding out the top three. It's a...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The 2017 college football season featured 23 new coaches at FBS programs. The 23 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2016 season, as 28 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new...

College Football's Top 20 Teams on the Rise for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2018 season won't get underway until August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year. The 2018 version of college football's teams on the rise features West Virginia, Arizona, Georgia and Florida State from the Power 5 ranks, along with Houston, Temple and...

College Football's Top 30 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 days ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the 2018 season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is likely to supplant Jalen Hurts as the team...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 5 days ago
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2018 draft officially passed on Monday evening and over 100 players declared for the next level. The deadline produced a few surprises, as Clemson's defensive line remained intact with Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant each deciding to return to campus in 2018. This deadline also produced a couple of quarterbacks likely to go early...

Early Ranking of the 10 Best Games of Week 1 of the 2018 College Football Season

By Eric Sorenson, 3 months 1 week ago
It’s always such a bittersweet moment when we crown a new national champion in college football. Alabama has just brushed the confetti off its shoulders and carried the title trophy to its awaiting bus. Fans of the two teams left the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and took to drinking in the pubs. And equipment managers had started throwing uniforms into the industrial-sized washers. Yet, there...

Early SEC Football Predictions for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
After a thrilling, All-SEC national championship game in Atlanta, the Jan. 8 meeting could be the start of a run of Georgia-Alabama matchups in meaningful spots in a college football season. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide begin 2018 at the top of their respective divisions in the SEC and another meeting next December in the CFB Playoff wouldn’t be a surprise. While Alabama and Georgia...

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The 2017-18 college football season is officially in the books, and it’s time to take a look back at the year with full 130 team rankings for every FBS team based upon the body of work. Alabama defeated Georgia on Jan. 8 to claim the national championship, and in no surprise, coach Nick Saban’s team takes the top spot in the rankings. The Bulldogs finish No. 2, with Clemson and...

College Football Bowl Spread Picks: Orange, Fiesta, Rose, Sugar and Peach

By Mitch Light, 3 months 3 weeks ago
College football's bowl slate wraps up with an intriguing slate of must-see matchups on Dec. 30 and Jan. 1. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson could be playing in his final collegiate game in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Mississippi State. The Liberty Bowl features Memphis' high-powered offense against an improved Iowa State team, and the Fiesta Bowl matches a tough Washington defense...

College Football Bowl Spread Picks: Pinstripe, Cotton, Alamo, Sun and Holiday

By Mitch Light, 4 months 8 hours ago
The post-Christmas slate of college football's bowl season kicks off on Dec. 26 with three games, including the Heart of Dallas Bowl between West Virginia and Utah, along with the Cactus Bowl matchup of Kansas State versus UCLA. A busy slate is on tap for Dec. 27, as the schedule features four games, including the Texas Bowl between former Big 12 foes Missouri and Texas. With ...