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College Football's Top 35 Coordinator Hires for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 14 hours ago
Whether it was head coaches, coordinators or position coaches, college football's coaching carousel was especially active this offseason. In addition to the 27 changes among head coaches, there were numerous and important hires for coordinators. Oklahoma's Alex Grinch takes the top spot as the No. 1 coordinator hire for 2019, followed by three offensive play-callers in Ole Miss' Rich...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2019-20

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
College football's 2019 season is less than 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. Alabama and Clemson are once again the favorites to win it all this season, and Athlon Sports projects another meeting between these two teams in...

College Football 2019 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 2 days ago
The pecking order among college football conferences going into the 2019 season is fairly stable. As expected (and once again), the SEC ranks as college football’s No. 1 conference. Alabama is Athlon's pick to win the 2019 national championship, with Georgia checking in at No. 3 and Florida, LSU and Texas A&M projected to finish inside of the top 10. The Big Ten ranks second and is...

Penn State Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on the Nittany Lions' Schedule

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 2 days ago
After two straight years of falling short of playing for a Big Ten championship, the Penn State Nittany Lions face some new challenges in the James Franklin era this season. With no more Trace McSorley leading the offense and yet another starting running back to replace, Penn State looks to build a slightly new identity this season using some of the same philosophies that have built a contender...

What if the SEC and Big Ten College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game in 2019?

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Major League Baseball’s 2019 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night, July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level.   The SEC ranks as college football's...

Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 6 days ago
The Big Ten race could be as open as it has ever been this upcoming college football season. With some unique turnover within the defending champion Ohio State and a Big Ten West that is up for grabs for just about any school in the division, the Big Ten certainly has plenty of questions going into the new season. And with so much uncertainty, there is a chance a player on a team will rise up to...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
The start of the 2019 college football season is officially 50 days away. With the start of the upcoming season approaching on Aug. 24 and to mark 50 days until kickoff, Athlon Sports decided to pick 50 players we felt were underrated going into the upcoming season. Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is...

60 Best Running Backs in College Football

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The 2019 college football season returns a deep group of running backs, including Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor and Clemson's Travis Etienne. Taylor and Etienne take the top spot in running back rankings for the upcoming year, with Arizona State's Eno Benjamin and Boston College's AJ Dillon next in line. Alabama's Najee Harris is primed for a breakout year and ranks just...

Top 130 College Football Team Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
College football's 2019 season officially begins on Aug. 24, but it's never too early to project where all 130 teams will finish at the end of the year. Athlon Sports released its top 25 in May and now it's time to project the rest of the teams 26-130. Alabama and Clemson lead the way in the overall rankings, followed by Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma. There are plenty of...

Head Coaches: Worst to First in College Football

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches before the 2019 season is an impossible task. However, as Athlon Sports has done for each of the last eight years leading up to the start of the upcoming season, we set out to sort out every FBS head coach from No. 1 to the bottom. And for the eighth straight year, Alabama's Nick Saban takes the top spot. Clemson's Dabo Swinney jumps to...