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College Football 2019 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 6 days 17 hours 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...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 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...

Examining the Over/Under 2019 Win Totals for the Pac-12

By Matt Josephs, 1 week 3 days ago
Last year, the Pac-12 went 3-4 in the postseason in what was considered to be another underwhelming year for the conference. I know some will disagree, but the Pac-12 really needs USC to become relevant and keeping Clay Helton as head coach may not get the Trojans there. They could have been in good shape when they hired Kliff Kingsbury to be the offensive coordinator, but he jumped to the pros...

Top 25 College Football QB Showdowns in 2019

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 5 days ago
If you want to win big in college football, your first item of business is finding a quarterback who can make all the plays. There's no position more important on the field and a good one can be the difference between a conference title and trip to the playoff or being on the wrong end of an upset.   That's truer than ever nowadays with offenses throwing the football all over, all...

60 Best Running Backs in College Football

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 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...

College Football's Top 25 Toughest Non-Conference Schedules for 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 17 hours ago
Non-conference scheduling is one of the more contentious topics in a sport that feeds on contentious topics. The College Football Playoff has yet to establish a clear guideline when navigating the non-conference terrain, so scheduling continues to wildly fluctuate among the Power 5 conference programs.   Meanwhile, Group of 5 conference teams sometimes load up on high-profile dates...

Top 130 College Football Team Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 17 hours 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 3 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...

Pac-12's Best QB Showdowns in 2019

By Bryan Fischer, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The conference of champions has not quite lived up to that moniker on the gridiron in recent years but one thing the Pac-12 has done with nearly unmatched consistency is produce some stellar quarterback play. The 2019 crop will once again be deep and interesting, with a variety of styles on display sure to give opposing defensive coordinators a headache each week.   NFL scouts are surely...

College Football Win Totals: 15 Teams to Bet Big On

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The start of the 2019 college football season is just under two months away, and FanDuel is out with its over/under win total future bets for the upcoming year. As expected, there were plenty of interesting projections when the company released its totals in late June. While a lot can change over the next few weeks until kickoff, these 15 picks caught our attention. Which teams are worth a look...