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College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 1 hour ago
College football’s coordinator carousel was active once again for the 2018 season. Top defensive coordinators seemed to be in demand, as four of Athlon Sports' top five hires came on that side of the ball. Texas A&M's Mike Elko ranks as Athlon's top coordinator hire for 2018, with Ohio State's Alex Grinch checking in at No. 2. Outside of the Power 5 ranks, Marshall...

Podcast: College Football Dream Road Trip for 2018 (Listen Now)

By Mitch Light, 5 days 22 hours ago
Do you love college football? (It’s a rhetorical question.)   What would be better than visiting a new venue every week of the season? Braden Gall and Mitch Light, the hosts of the Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast, have picked the games for their second annual College Football Dream Road Trip.   The rules are simple: You can visit a venue only once per season and you can see a...

Big 12 Wild Card Players in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 6 days 31 min ago
Every college football season, unheralded players come along and help elevate their teams to unexpected heights. In other cases, vaunted hotshots stumble, leaving their programs in a lurch.   They’re the wild cards. Every team has them, and whether they hit or miss can have a major effect on a conference race.   Here are one offensive wild card and one defensive wild card for...

Which Team is the Biggest Threat to Oklahoma in the Big 12?

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 31 min ago
For the past three seasons, the Big 12 has belonged to Oklahoma. Not only are the Sooners the three-time defending conference champions, they have won the Big 12 title 11 times since the conference started play in 1996. Texas is a distant second with three conference championships.   Given Oklahoma's dominance, it only makes sense that the Sooners enter 2018 as the favorites, but that...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
College football's 2018 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. The top four teams for the fifth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. Alabama and...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The start of the 2018 college football season is officially 50 days away. With the start of the upcoming season approaching 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 no easy...

College Football 2018 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 4 days ago
The SEC once again ranks as college football’s No. 1 conference. The league took both spots in last year’s national championship matchup, as Alabama edged Georgia in overtime to win its fifth title in nine years. Both the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are both projected by Athlon Sports to earn a repeat trip to the CFB Playoff in 2018, with Auburn and Mississippi State headlining the...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receivers for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
The wide receiver position was hit hard by departures following the 2017 college football season, but there’s still plenty of talent on campus for ’18. Ole Miss’ A.J. Brown, Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry and West Virginia’s David Sills lead the way in Athlon’s receiver rankings, with South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, Georgia State’s Penny Hart...

Texas Football: Todd Orlando Is a Cutting-Edge Defensive Coordinator

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 4 days ago
When Tom Herman hired Todd Orlando to be his defensive coordinator at the University of Houston, Herman was looking for a coach who could teach the kind of defense that always gave him fits. Herman's offense is a spread system focused on running the ball downhill, primarily with inside zone runs, and he found 3-4 defenses that played quarters coverage like Orlando's to be the toughest...

College Football's Top 15 Tight Ends for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s 2018 season features a talented group of tight ends, headlined by Iowa’s Noah Fant and Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam. Fant and Okwuegbunam each caught 11 touchdown grabs last fall and take the top two spots in Athlon’s tight end rankings for the upcoming season. Stanford’s Kaden Smith, UCLA’s Caleb Wilson and Boston College’s Tommy...