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ACC Football 2018 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 2 hours ago
With a standout defense and an explosive offense in place, Clemson is once again the team to beat in the ACC and one of the favorites to win college football’s national title in 2018. The Tigers have 15 selections on Athlon’s 2018 All-ACC Team, which is easily the most of any team in the conference. Florida State is second with 11 picks, followed by Boston College and NC State with...

Virginia Tech Football: 2018 Hokies Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 days 3 hours ago
Justin Fuente has done a good job in keeping Virginia Tech near the top of the ACC Coastal Division in his first two years but he will be dealing with some new challenges this fall. There is continuity at quarterback, which is a good thing, but he’ll also need improved production from the spot especially with so many question marks at receiver. Fuente also is hoping for more consistency...

College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 3 hours ago
The 2018 college football season is less than 100 days away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar program tops Athlon's rankings. Alabama is the projected national champion, with Clemson at No. 2, followed by...

Ranking the ACC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2018

By Jon Kinne, 1 week 2 days ago
Ten ACC programs qualified for bowl games in 2017. Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Georgia Tech missed out on postseason play last fall, but are teams that usually are playing in late December or on Jan. 1.   That depth of quality in the ACC makes for difficult conference schedules. Combine those conference challenges with non-conference games against the likes of Alabama, Penn State...

10 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
College football's 2018 season is still a few months away, but the debate about preseason predictions and rankings will start to heat up even more over the next few weeks. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2018 Athlon Sports College Football...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Florida State Football's Schedule

By Mike Ferguson, 1 week 3 days ago
A disappointing 7-6 season is in the rear-view mirror for Florida State and a new era is on the horizon. Willie Taggart takes over for Jimbo Fisher as the new head coach of the Seminoles as he looks to return the program to national prominence.   The start of the Taggart era however, won’t be an easy one. By winning percentage from 2017, FSU boasts the toughest schedule in the...

ACC's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2018

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 4 days ago
If you want to win big in college football, it’s no secret that you’re going to need some quality play out of the most important position on the field — quarterback. If there’s any doubt about it, just look up recent Heisman Trophy winners and note how tilted the list is toward the position.   Just ask the ACC, which has benefited tremendously from having stars...

Ranking the ACC's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2018

By Jon Kinne, 2 weeks 4 days ago
When the College Football Playoff was introduced, much was made of its impact on scheduling. With strength of schedule supposedly being a major component in the selection process, many expected the top teams to play more quality opponents in different environments.   It is open to debate whether that has actually happened. For example, this coming fall no Big Ten West team will play a...

College Football Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
With spring practice completed for all 130 college football teams, it’s never too early to evaluate how every program looks at quarterback for the 2018 season. College football lost a handful of stars from last season, including USC’s Sam Darnold, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. However, the next group of stars is ready to emerge at the FBS level...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Clemson's College Football Schedule in 2018

By Jon Kinne, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The Clemson Tigers always end the season by playing the boys from Columbia. Most years, there is another SEC team on the schedule in September, making things even more challenging. The past two years — and five times since 2010 — that SEC squad has been Auburn. This year it will be a program that Clemson has not seen since 2005, but whose coach has been a regular foe for the past...