College Football Articles

Justice Hansen, Arkansas State Red Wolves Football
Arkansas State, Appalachian State and Troy have ranked as the top teams from the Sun Belt in recent years, so it should be no surprise this trio leads the way for the league in 2018. The Red Wolves are the top team and projected champion in the...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Jaelan Phillips, UCLA Football
UCLA got its guy in Chip Kelly, but it may take the former Oregon head coach a little bit of time to work is magic with the Bruins in his return to the Pac-12. The offense is rebooting in more ways than one and the top priority for Kelly...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Ross Bowers and Patrick Laird, California Football
California showed improvement in Justin Wilcox's first season as head coach, but the Golden Bears still missed out on a bowl game with a 5-7 record. The offense returns every starter and could take a major step forward depending on the...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State Football
Fresno State was arguably the biggest surprise of the 2017 season, as the Bulldogs improved by nine wins under first-year head coach Jeff Tedford. The defense led the way and even though there's a new coordinator calling the shots, the entire...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Malcolm Perry, Navy Football
Navy has continued its winning ways since joining the American Athletic Conference. There's no secret to Ken Niumatalolo's offense, which could be even more dangerous given the quarterback options. The Midshipmen will have seven new...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern Football
Northwestern is coming off of a 10-win season but must replace the program's all-time leading rusher and hope its quarterback can come back quickly from a serious knee injury. The defense could take another step forward, especially if its...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
We are all grateful for those who serve, and Ohio State's Nick Bosa decided to take a different route to show his appreciation.   Army Sgt. Nicholas Casey was the victim of a suicide bomber while on a mission in Afghanistan. Bosa...
Jasmine Watkins
2 months ago
Clemson Tigers Football
Clemson is once again the pick to win the ACC title for the 2018 college football season, but the conference has continued to improve its depth in recent years. In Athlon's 2018 ACC predictions, 12 of the league's 14 teams are projected to...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
McKenzie Milton, UCF Knights Football
The American Athletic Conference is the top Group of 5 league and won't lack for intrigue in 2018. UCF is back for another run at a spot in a New Year's Six bowl, as new coach Josh Heupel hopes to pick up where Scott Frost left off last...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Markell Jones, Purdue Football
The Jeff Brohm era got off to a great start as Purdue won seven games, including the Foster Farms Bowl to finish things off. With expectations on the rise in West Lafayette, the offense will need to lead the way with so many new faces on...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Juwan Washington, San Diego State Football
San Diego State has been one of the top Group of 5 programs over the past three seasons thanks to the combination of a productive running game and stout defense. The formula won't change for Rocky Long's team this fall, although some of the...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh Football
Back-to-back 8-5 seasons gave way to a 5-7 record for Pittsburgh in 2017, although the campaign ended on a high note with an upset of then-undefeated Miami. If Pat Narduzzi's team is to rebound this fall plenty of new playmakers will need to...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
KirVonte Benson, Georgia Tech Football
Georgia Tech is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2017 campaign that resulted in head coach Paul Johnson making a change at defensive coordinator. The Yellow Jackets' bread and butter is their option-oriented offense, which...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Alex Barnes, Kansas State Football
Kansas State has been the model of consistency in the Big 12 under Bill Snyder. This fall will be a transition season of sorts for the Wildcats with two new coordinators in place and nine starters having to be replaced on both sides of the...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Boston College Eagles RB AJ Dillon
Clemson will no longer have to tangle with Lamar Jackson or Derwin James. Wake Forest's John Wolford has moved on and so has nearly all of NC State's front seven. Needless to say, those departures do not break Dabo Swinney's heart....
Jon Kinne
2 months ago
The 2018 season is rich in quarterbacks across FCS college football. It's only natural the wide receiver class is highly talented as well.   Last year's top three in the FCS in receiving yards - Sam Houston State's Nathan Stewart...
Craig Haley
2 months ago
Jaylen Smith, Louisville Football
While Louisville must cope without Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson leading the offense, the Cardinals' questions go beyond the quarterback position. Bobby Petrino has even more questions on defense, which will be under the direction of a...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
AJ Dillon, Boston College Football
Boston College could be a team that takes a step forward in 2018. Steve Addazio has plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, including one of college football's best running backs in sophomore AJ Dillon. Even with questions at...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Darrell Henderson, Memphis Football
Memphis is coming off of its fourth straight bowl appearance and a 10-win campaign that had the Tigers as a fixture in the polls throughout the second half of the season. To maintain this success, Mike Norvell not only needs to break in a new...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest Football
Wake Forest's turnaround on offense was on full display in the 55-52 Belk Bowl victory over Texas A&M to finish out last season. The challenge for Dave Clawson's Demon Deacons will be maintaining that level of performance, especially...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
David Montgomery, Iowa State Football
Iowa State went to a bowl game in Matt Campbell's second year, now the question is can the Cyclones continue to improve? Both the offense and defense return plenty of starters but each will have to replace some key pieces as well. The...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
In the latest Cover 2 podcast, Braden Gall, Mitch Light and Steven Lassan take an in-depth look at Athlon Sports' conference predictions for the 2018 season.   Items discussed:   • Which team is most likely to win a...
Mitch Light
2 months ago
Auburn Tigers QB Jarrett Stidham
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...
Bryan Fischer
2 months ago
The head coaching landscape has certainly changed in the SEC. Five schools - Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas A&M - hired new head coaches this offseason while a sixth (Ole Miss) removed the interim tag from Matt Luke'...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Bryce Love, Stanford Cardinal Football
With Bryce Love returning to Stanford, along with the continued emergence of Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and Boston College's AJ Dillon, the running back position is stocked with talent for the 2018 college...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago

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