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College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.   Each season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar...

Texas A&M Football: 2017 Aggies Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
For the third straight year, a strong finish by Texas A&M gave way to a late-season fade as the Aggies lost four of their final five games, including the Texas Bowl to Kansas State. Kevin Sumlin enters 2017 needing to break out of this 8-5 rut but he will have to do so with a new starting quarterback and the guy who was the No. 1 overall pick in the April’s NFL draft. The Aggies have a...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

SEC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
Alabama is Athlon’s pick to win it all in 2017, so it should be no surprise the Crimson Tide dominate the All-SEC selections. Nick Saban’s team features 15 players on Athlon’s All-SEC squad for 2017, including 10 on the first team. Florida checks in second among SEC teams with 13 picks, while Auburn and Georgia are tied for third with 10 selections.   Athlon Sports has...

Ranking the SEC's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Nick Saban is once again the unquestioned No. 1 coach in the SEC, but the debate begins at No. 2. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Florida’s Jim McElwain and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn each have a case to earn the No. 2 spot, with Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Tennessee’s Butch Jones rounding out the next tier of options. As evidenced by the names...

Top 25 SEC 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Cody McClure, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The SEC was well-represented in the 2017 NFL Draft, once again finishing as college football’s top conference in terms of talent sent to the next level. The SEC had 53 total draft picks and easily outpaced the ACC, which was second with 43.   Now we turn our attention to the SEC’s top prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft because it’s never too early, right? Per usual, the...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

Ranking the SEC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Cody McClure, 3 months 1 week ago
As they say in the SEC, "It just means more." That is especially true in terms of scheduling, because in order for an SEC team to reach the College Football Playoff, it can't take a week off. Just about every team in the SEC is capable of beating a fellow conference foe on Saturday. We saw, for example, the cannibalization in 2016 when every SEC team besides Alabama ended up with...

Ranking the SEC’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The SEC takes all sorts of heat for its non-conference scheduling, and, frankly, this coming year probably won’t be much different.   Sure, there’s a Florida State here and a Clemson there, and there are those end-of-season ACC rivalries, but the SEC’s non-conference scheduling remains largely unfulfilling from a viewer’s perspective. After a 2016 to forget (...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...