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The Top 10 Games for the First Weekend of College Football

Our picks of the top 10 games this weekend and what we may learn
Our picks of the top 10 games this weekend and what we may learn

By Monday evening, a good portion of an offseason’s worth of predictions and debates may be out of date.

That’s part of the anticipation for the first weekend of the season, which will stretch from Thursday through Monday night. Plenty of games with plenty to learn, pretty much.

Here’s a quick guide to the games we watching closely and what lessons he hope to gain for each team.

1. Georgia at Clemson
Need to know: Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC

AP Poll: Where BCS Champions Rank in the Preseason

Where have the BCS National Champions been ranked in the preseason and what does it mean for 2013?
Where have the BCS National Champions been ranked in the preseason and what does it mean for 2013?

When we sit down to iron out our Top 25 Poll each year at Athlon Sports, we are trying to project the final year-end standings not build a preseason power poll. It might be a small and subtle difference but an important one to acknowledge.

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the ACC

The best conference in college football last year looks to keep things going
Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the ACC

I don't know if it's possible for a conference to have a better season then the ACC did in 2016. They had the national champion as well as the Orange Bowl champion in Florida State. Six other teams won their bowl games and Lamar Jackson took the Heisman.

Top 10 ACC Non-Conference Games of 2017

FSU kicks its season off against against Alabama and finishes on the road against Florida
Top 10 ACC Non-Conference Games of 2017

The debate has raged in college football circles this offseason. Has the ACC eclipsed the SEC as the dominant conference in the sport?

 

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

Ohio State's Kevin Wilson tops the coordinator hires for 2017.
College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to Texas to take over the defensive signals in Austin.

Why Does "The Fade" Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

Hated by fans and mocked on social media, “The Fade” never seems to work.
Why Does the Fade Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone. It lands two yards out of bounds, safely out of reach of the nearest offensive and defensive players. You fill with rage. You scream obscenities at your team’s offensive coordinator as the placekicker trots onto the field to attempt a field goal.

 

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

Every college football team ranked 1-130 for 2017.
Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of the ball have a few holes to fill, coach Nick Saban’s program is still the team to beat. Ohio State is a close No.

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

The WakeyLeaks incident has only amped up coaches’ already rampant paranoia.
How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.

 

That is no small achievement.

 

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

Which QBs will have a breakout year this fall?
College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders.

Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2017

Florida State takes the top spot for 2017.
Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2017

The ACC is losing a good bit of star power from the running back ranks from last year’s group. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Pitt’s James Conner and Clemson’s Wayne Gallman decided to leave early for the NFL, while NC State’s Matt Dayes and Virginia’s Taquan Mizzell expired their eligibility.

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