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College Football's Top 35 Breakout Players for 2013

Florida State's Jameis Winston is the top breakout player for 2013.
College Football's Top 35 Breakout Players for 2013

Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task.

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.

College Football 2017 All-America Team

Athlon picks the best players for 2017.
College Football 2017 All-America Team

The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks.

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

Ranking college football's best players since 1967.
Top 50 College Football Players of the Athlon Era

The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship.

Ranking the Toughest Games on North Carolina’s College Football Schedule in 2017

M.J. Stewart and the Tar Heels have a tough October slate with Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Miami all on tap
Ranking the Toughest Games on North Carolina’s College Football Schedule in 2017

In college football, you can have a difficult schedule because you play some of the top-ranked teams in the land. But you can also have a difficult slate by facing quality opponents each week with very few easy games during the course of the year.

 

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.

College Football Top 25 for 2017

Athlon projects college football's top 25 teams for 2017.
College Football Top 25 for 2017

College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top 25 teams.

 

North Carolina Football: 2017 Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

The Tar Heels rank No. 42 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
North Carolina Football: 2017 Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

After a three-year run which saw North Carolina win the ACC Coastal in 2015 and finish no worse than a tie for third the other two seasons, the Tar Heels are practically starting over. Six starters return on each side, but the offense is looking to replace a most, if not all, of its production. The defense will have a new coordinator running things and hopefully will hold up better against the run than it did in 2016.

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

Which teams are the toughest to rank in 2017?
15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams.

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