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15 College Football Teams Poised for a Breakout Season in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 day 20 hours ago
Making preseason predictions or assembling rankings for all 130 college football teams is never easy. After all, it’s impossible to be 100 percent accurate at the end of any season. The emergence of breakout players, injuries, bad luck are just a few reasons why some teams don’t live up to the preseason hype. Additionally, college football always produces a handful of teams that...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 17 hours ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is less than 15 days away and fall practice is ongoing for all 130 teams around the nation, which means depth chart changes, quarterback battles, freshmen and breakout players are under the microscope. With the 2017 season quickly approaching, it's...

Predicting the Pac-12's Biggest Upsets for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 2 days 18 hours ago
The college football conference with more bizarre late-night happenings than a Crispin Glover talk show appearance never fails to provide memorable, sometimes championship-altering upsets.    Who can forget Stanford's win at Oregon in 2012, or USC's victory there the season prior – both of which changed the face of the BCS championship. In 2014, Oregon State...

6 Teams Ready to Turn Close Losses into Big Wins in 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 days 20 hours ago
Looking back at the preseason polls once a season has ended is like looking at an old yearbook before your high school reunion. I really thought that hair style looked good? And what’s with that shirt? What was I thinking?   I really thought Tennessee was a top-10 team? How could I have believed that Ole Miss and Michigan State were going to be fine after what they lost following...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 20 hours ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. Florida State and Alabama top Athlon's best defensive backfields...

Heisman Watch: Ranking the Pac-12's Top Candidates for 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 17 hours ago
The annals of Pac-12 football history are filled with stars who won the Heisman Trophy – names like Jim Plunkett, Terry Baker, Gary Beban, Marcus Allen, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Marcus Mariota.   In total and throughout its various incarnations, the Pac-12 claims 11 Heisman winners; Pac-12 programs make for 12, with recent newcomer Colorado boasting a 1994 recipient in the...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 19 hours ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 20 hours ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme. The 2017 season...

College Football's Top 50 Offensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day 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.   Which teams...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receiver Groups for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
The 2017 season features a significant amount of turnover at wide receiver, opening the door for new stars and breakout players to emerge this fall. However, despite some big names moving onto the NFL, there is a clear No. 1 receiver group returning this season. Oklahoma State is loaded with talent, including first-team All-American James Washington, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson and senior Marcell...