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West Virginia Football: 2018 Mountaineers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 5 days 3 hours ago
Offense should not be a problem for West Virginia this season, not with a Heisman Trophy candidate returning at quarterback, along with his top two targets and a rock-solid offensive line. The outlook for the other side of the ball, however, is completely different. Head coach Dana Holgorsen and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson were already tasked with replacing seven starters before...

TCU Football: 2018 Horned Frogs Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 5 days 4 hours ago
TCU was the second-best team in the Big 12 last season, but clearly not on Oklahoma’s level after losing twice to the Sooners by a combined 42 points. The Horned Frogs should be solid on defense once again but there are questions on the other side of the ball. Besides breaking in a new quarterback, TCU will have at least three new starters along the offensive line. If the pieces come...

College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 2 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...

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 Oklahoma State Football's Schedule

By Allen Kenney, 1 week 3 days ago
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has to be kicking himself.   Last season’s star-laden team faced a schedule that seemed tailor-made for a run at a Big 12 title. The Cowboys did notch their third straight season with double-digit wins, but a conference championship wasn’t in the cards. They didn’t even make it to the revived Big 12 title game.   The Pokes are...

Big 12'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.   Few conferences know good signal-callers as well as the Big 12. The...

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 1 week 5 days ago
In a year like this, ranking Big 12 teams’ schedules by difficulty involves major hairsplitting.   The round-robin schedule means no one misses an opponent in the conference slate, per usual. This season, though, the league lacks a clear preseason favorite, so figuring out which team is a tough opponent and which is not takes even more projection than usual.   Home-road...

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2018

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Once notorious for its members filling up their non-conference schedules with lightweights, Big 12 teams have stacked their 2018 slates with more than their fair share of tests. In fact, it might be the most loaded compilation of non-conference games for the league from top to bottom in recent memory. Every team except Oklahoma State has at least one Power 5 foe from outside the conference lined...

Ranking the Toughest Games on TCU Football's Schedule

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 weeks 4 days ago
With spring practice finally over, the 2018 college football season is slowly coming into focus, and the TCU Horned Frogs have revenge on their minds. The Frogs beat Stanford in the Alamo Bowl to finish the 2017 season 11-3, with two of those losses coming at the hands of the three-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners – including a 41-17 blowout in the Big 12 Championship Game...

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...