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Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
The SEC wasn’t at its usual strength in 2016, but the league is poised to once again rank at the top of college football’s conference hierarchy this fall. Alabama is the preseason favorite to win the national title, while Auburn,...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
5 Things That Must Happen for Notre Dame to Make the College Football Playoff
In 2016, Notre Dame finished with a 4-8 record that discouraged fans from the start and revealed weaknesses — often-incomprehensible defensive schemes and questions in the secondary — that previously were masked by the team’s...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
4 months ago
Deshaun Watson
When a quarterback is taken in the first round of the NFL draft, they’re likely in the plans to start soon. This season, however, could be different.   The 2017 NFL Draft saw three teams – Chicago, Kansas City and Houston...
Ryan Nixon
4 months ago
Clemson Tigers Football
A funny thing happened in college football last season: The ACC was the best conference. No, seriously.   We’re only a couple years removed from a time when the ACC regularly challenged the old Big East for the label of worst major...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Tom Herman
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Boise State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Penn State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
ESPN College Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Kirby Smart, Georgia Football
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Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Football
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.  ...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Bill Snyder, Kansas State Football
With Gary Patterson at TCU, Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and Bill Snyder at Kansas State, the Big 12 is home to some of college football's top coaches. And the depth in the league improved over the offseason, as Texas hired Tom Herman to...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Kevin Wilson, Ohio State Football
Ohio State’s 2014 national championship under Urban Meyer was defined by two breakthrough games for the Buckeyes offense. The first was their regular-season takedown of fellow Big Ten contender Michigan State on the Spartans’ own turf....
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Shaq Jones, UAB Football
After a two-year hiatus, UAB football is back. Fortunately for the Blazers, head coach Bill Clark decided to stick around, but don’t forget that this is a team that last played a game that counts back on Nov. 29, 2014. UAB went a surprising 6...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Bryan London, Texas State Football
Texas State won just one game against an FBS opponent last season and needed overtime to do so. The Bobcats (2-10 in 2016) had their share of issues on both sides of the ball, ranking 124th in the nation in scoring offense and 125th in scoring...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Andrew Ford, UMass Football
UMass’ initial season as an FBS Independent was a rough one, as the Minutemen won just two games with one of those victories coming courtesy of an FCS opponent. Head coach Mark Whipple has seven starters returning on each side of the ball,...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Nick Holley, Kent State Football
Kent State has gone 3-9 each of the past two seasons, which is one of the reasons why head coach Paul Haynes enters a critical campaign. Despite the record, the Golden Flashes were competitive in most of their MAC games, losing three of them by...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Karrington King, Charlotte Football
Charlotte doubled its win last season compared to 2015, which is impressive considering it was the 49ers’ second season in FBS and as a member of Conference USA. Now the challenge for head coach Brad Lambert is to build on that momentum while...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Q&A with Minkah Fitzpatrick
There aren’t too many defensive backs like Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has played just about every position in the Alabama secondary in his first two seasons on campus. The All-American has eight career interceptions — four of which he...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Larry Rose III, New Mexico State Football
New Mexico State is entering its final season as a member of the Sun Belt as the Aggies will become an FBS Independent in 2018. New Mexico State probably won’t make much of a splash in the standings on their way out, although head coach...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Osharmar Abercrombie, Coastal Carolina Football
Coastal Carolina is making the jump from FCS to FBS as the 12th member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Chanticleers are eligible for the conference crown, but can’t go to a bowl game in their transitional season. Even though Coastal Carolina...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Khalil Hodge, Buffalo Football
Buffalo took a step backwards last season, winning just two games after going 5-7 in head coach Lance Leipold’s 2015 debut. The Bulls ranked last in the MAC in points scored and 10th in points allowed per game, so there’s room for...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Frank Ginda, San Jose State Football
Brent Brennan is a rookie head coach, but his ties with San Jose State run deep, so he knows full well the task ahead of him. The Spartans won just four games last season, but this team could be hard-pressed to match that given the question marks...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Penny Hart, Georgia State Football
After stepping in for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina following his retirement, Shawn Elliott will get a chance to mold the Georgia State program. The Panthers went just 3-9 last season and will be adjusting to a new offense. Elliott inherits 15...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Top 10 Fantasy Football Podcasts
It is never too early to get ready for the upcoming fantasy football season. For both the most avid of podcast listeners and the first-timers, these are some of the best fantasy football podcasts out there. From bigger names like ESPN and CBS...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
5 months ago
Predicting the American League All-Star Game Starters
Every spring, the baseball world anticipates the wave of talent that comes together for a few days to put on a show. Major League Baseball All-Star Weekend, which will be held at Marlins Park in Miami from July 9-11, will feature the game’s...
Ryan Nixon
5 months ago

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