Joey Martin

I received my Athlon's football magazine in the mail.

If you want to know just about everything you need to know about college football, go pick up a copy.

We’re taking 304 pages full of great insight for the 2019 college football season.

Of course, there's the standard bowl projections.

And, to what should be no one's surprise, get ready for Alabama versus Clemson which is about to overtake Rocky in the number of sequels.

According to Athlon's the national semifinal contests will have Clemson taking on Georgia in the Fiesta Bowl and Alabama facing Michigan in the Peach Bowl.

Wow, the Peach Bowl is hosting a semifinal game. Look how far that bowl game has come. I remember when LSU beat Florida State 31-27 in the Peach Bowl in a game played on December 30.

The Tigers were 7-3. Attendance at the game was 35,545. It's now the Chik-fil-A Bowl and will be played on December 28 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. It holds over 70,000.

You've come a long way baby.

Getting back to Athlon's, the magazine has Clemson and Alabama meeting once again. The two football powerhouses have met the past four Januarys, splitting all four games.

Athlon's has LSU facing Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

One more shot at Jalen Hurts.

The Rose prediction is Ohio State against Washington.

The other two big bowls are predicted to have Notre Dame against Central Florida in the Cotton and Syracuse versus Florida in the Orange.

Athlon's has Mississipi State against Oklahoma Sate in the Texs Bowl, Louisiana Tech against Boston College in the Indpendence, Houston against Southern Miss in the Birmingham Bowl and Marshall against Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl.

Athlon's has LSU ranked No. 7. But the magazine has LSU has the Tigers as the top Teams on the Rise.

While Athlon's picks Clemson over Alabama, the magazine lists Alabama as having the best quarterback unit, running back unit, top wide receiver unit and top linebacker unit.

Athlon's gives LSU the nod as top defensive back unit.

There’s also the top 100 rising seniors for 2020 if you need your fix on recruiting.

Damascus (Md.) defensive tackle Bryan Breese is sitting at No. 1. Breese is a 6-foot-5, 290 pound beast.

North Shore running back Zachary Evans, a 5-foot-11 running back out of Houston is rated No. 2.

The top Louisiana player listed is Kayshon Boutte, a wide receiver out of Westgate in New Iberia.

The only other Louisianian listed in the top 100 is Warren Easton running Ashaad Clayton (6-0, 200) out of New Orleans.

But if you’ve been keeping up with LSU commitments for 2020 don’t sweat it. Ed Orgeron has been racking up. Now he has to keep those commitments, which isn’t always binding.

And who knows who will enter the transfer portal over the next few years. The NCAA better get a grip on that rule, and in a hurry.

Jalen Hurts from Alabama to Oklahoma is the biggest headline there, but another intriguing case has Ben Hicks, who played for Chad Morris at SMU, is now back with his former coach at Arkansas. 

Hicks is expected to get the start in the Razorbacks home opener on August 31 against Portland State.

So if you need a college football fix while recovering from the gnats this summer pick up a copy. You won't be disappointed.

  

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