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College Football's Top 25 Defensive Backfields for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
Some of college football's top defensive backs from 2017 left for the NFL, but this position is still stocked with talent for the upcoming season. Washington's defense has ranked among the best in college football in each of the last three years, and coach Chris Petersen's group takes the top spot in Athlon's defensive backfield rankings for 2018. Cornerback Byron Murphy and...

College Football's Top 25 Linebacker Units for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
Under Nick Saban’s watch, it’s no secret Alabama has developed its share of standout linebackers. Despite losing a couple of key players at this position from last season’s group, the Crimson Tide take the top spot in Athlon’s linebacker unit rankings for 2018. Dylan Moses and Mack Wilson will step in as the new anchors on the interior of the 3-4 linebacker unit, and both...

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Lines for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
The defensive line is arguably the deepest position in college football for the 2018 season. As expected, thanks to Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell passing on the NFL, Clemson takes the top spot in the defensive line unit rankings. The Tigers have consistently produced elite lines under coordinator Brent Venables, and this unit is a big reason why coach Dabo Swinney’s...

College Football's Top 25 Offensive Lines for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days 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. Wisconsin has produced...

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The wide receiver position experienced a significant amount of turnover following the 2017 college football season. Big-time playmakers like James Washington, Anthony Miller and Calvin Ridley departed for the NFL, leaving a host of names to step up into the spotlight for 2018. Ole Miss takes the top spot in Athlon's wide receiver unit rankings for 2018, followed by West Virginia and Oklahoma...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
With the 2018 season less than a month away, it's time to hand out preseason hardware and honor the best college football running back units for the upcoming year. While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to...

Pac-12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2018

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 2 days ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2018, Athlon asked coaches in the Pac-12 to talk anonymously about their...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2018

By Eric Sorenson, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The college football non-conference world has really gone through some drastic changes over the last few years. With conference hopping becoming so prevalent, some traditional late-season rivalries have now been relegated to non-conference games like Pitt-Penn State, Nebraska-Colorado and Texas-Texas A&M.   And you’d figure with a 12th game added to the schedule a few years ago...

College Football's Top 15 QB Battles to Watch for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The start of the 2018 college football season is less than 25 days away. With the 2018 season around the corner, all 130 teams will open up fall camp in early August. And with the start of fall practice, the focus will shift to unsettled quarterback battles and teams finding the right answer under center. There’s no shortage of intriguing quarterback battles to watch in fall practice....

Pac-12 South Extra Points: Heisman Hopeful Khalil Tate Stays Motivated

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 4 days ago
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Typically, Media Day interview sessions are reserved for reporters to ask athletes questions. But Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate reversed roles for a moment at the July 25 Pac-12 event in Dolby Theater.   "Where did I go to high school?" the junior signal-caller and 2017 breakout sensation posed with a smile to one journalist.   The reporter knew --...