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The NBA Finals are emotional for everyone, including the families of players.

 

Steph Curry fouled out during Game 6 of the NBA Finals and not only did he not take it well, his wife Ayesha didn't handle it ideally either. She tweeted (and deleted shortly after) that the NBA may be rigged.

 

 

That one tweet sent Twitter into an uproar. From there, ESPN's Brian Windhorst proceeded to say that if the NBA is rigged, it's in the favor of her husband.

 

 

After Ayesha had a chance to cool down, she then explained her earlier tweet.

 

 

 

 

It was an emotional night to say the least.

 

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People from Alabama take their football seriously. Because of that, there is a little added pressure on coaches who aren’t winning at a high level. ’s Gus Malzahn now finds himself in year four with the Tigers, having only beaten Alabama once, back in 2013. Malzahn teams have gone 8-5 and 7-6 the past two seasons so this year’s group needs to show progress or Auburn may start looking for a new coach.

 

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With little stability at quarterback, the Tigers likely will rely on their offensive line and returning running back Jovon Robinson to carry the load this fall. Auburn’s schedule will be a big factor when it comes to navigating the 2016 season. The Tigers have an advantage in not hitting the road until Oct. 8. However, Auburn is the only team in college football that has to play both participants from last year’s national championship game.

 

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Here is a look at Auburn’s 12 regular season games, ranked from easiest to toughest:

 

12. Nov. 19 vs. Alabama A&M

Auburn is one of several SEC teams essentially taking a vacation the week of Nov. 19. That’s not to discredit or disrespect Alabama A&M, but the Bulldogs simply aren’t capable of beating a Power Five team, especially not a traditional SEC powerhouse. Many people outside the southeast criticize the SEC for its late-season scheduling. That’s understandable. 

 

11. Oct. 1 vs. ULM

Auburn will take on the Warhawks from Monroe, La., to cap off a run of five straight homes games to start the season. ULM is no stranger to SEC competition, having faced plenty of teams from the conference over the years. In fact, the Warhawks beat Alabama in 2007 and Arkansas in ‘12. But a lot has changed in a few years. Last season, ULM went 2-11 and gave up more than 50 points on five separate occasions.

 

10. Sept. 10 vs. Arkansas State

When it comes to Sun Belt competition, Arkansas State brings a little more to the table. The Red Wolves are coming off a 9-4 season, but must find a replacement for quarterback Fredi Knighten. Head coach Blake Anderson, now in his third season, should have a pretty solid defense. Last year, the Red Wolves led the nation with eight defensive touchdowns. Auburn and Arkansas State will meet on the gridiron for the fourth time since 2006.

 

9. Nov. 5 vs. Vanderbilt

The Tigers get somewhat of a break in drawing Vanderbilt from the SEC East, but the Commodores shouldn’t be taken lightly. Derek Mason has done a good job of getting this team to a more competitive level. When Mason took over, it was bad… really bad. Now, Vanderbilt appears to have one of the SEC’s best defenses, at least on paper. This team will be pushing hard to get to a bowl game by November. Auburn will have a fight on its hands.

 

8. Oct. 8 at Mississippi State

I’m tired of typing “Dak Prescott,” and you already know all about it, so we’ll leave it at this: Mississippi State has to find a new groove on offense, and be creative in getting the ball to its playmakers. Last season, the Bulldogs were able to edge Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium without much offense, 17-9. Auburn will be on the road for the first time when it travels to Starkville, so this will probably be a tightly-contested game.

 

7. Sept. 17 vs. Texas A&M

This week three matchup could give us a clearer picture of the SEC West hierarchy. The Aggies and Tigers are two of the most puzzling teams to figure out in the division. Both have coaches who arguably could be on the hot seat, yet both also have a good deal of talent. It’s easy to get the impression that either team could be a sleeper pick. Since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012, the teams are 2-2 against each other, with the road team winning every time.

 

6. Oct. 22 vs. Arkansas

Last year, Auburn and Arkansas had a crazy, four-overtime thriller in Fayetteville. The game was tied at 24 at the end of regulation, but the Hogs prevailed 54-46 when the smoke cleared. That was Malzahn’s first loss as a head coach against his home state. This time around, the Hogs will be rebuilding on offense, so Auburn might have an advantage in the running game.

 

5. Nov. 12 at Georgia

The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry goes all the way back to 1892. Talk about history. This has been one of the most hotly-contested rivalries in all of football, with Georgia holding a slight edge, 56-55-8. The Bulldogs have caught up in the series after winning eight of the last 10 matchups. Georgia’s new head coach, Kirby Smart, is certainly familiar with the Tigers. If this game is half as good as the 2013 contest, we should be in for a treat.

 

4. Oct. 29 at Ole Miss

Auburn and Ole Miss typically have pretty close games. This season, Auburn certainly has more question marks, but Ole Miss has shipped off a ton of talent to the NFL. The Tigers would probably rather deal with Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly at home, but they’ll have to travel to Oxford instead. Auburn’s ground game will need to be well established by this point in the season for the Tigers to have a chance to win this one.

 

3. Sept. 24 vs. LSU

Leonard Fournette had a field day against Auburn last season, rushing for 228 yards and three touchdowns. That performance is still running on highlight reels all across Louisiana. Auburn was totally embarrassed in Baton Rouge, and will undoubtedly be looking for revenge down on the plains. LSU looks to be loaded again, but this will be its first true road test. Jordan-Hare Stadium will be loud.

 

2. Sept. 3 vs. Clemson

With great challenge comes great opportunity, but Auburn fans are probably wishing their team was playing Clemson a few years down the road. Clemson returns one of the most talented rosters in college football, including Heisman Trophy front-runner Deshaun Watson at quarterback. But, you know, it’s been proven time and time again that anything can happen in week one. Just imagine the scene on Toomer’s Corner if Auburn pulls this one out.

 

1. Nov. 26 at Alabama

The only team that beat Clemson last year was Alabama. The Crimson Tide have more questions than usual coming into the season, but until something changes, there’s no reason to think Alabama won’t be in contention for a College Football Playoff spot once again. Because this game is on the road and Auburn won’t have as much time to prepare for it, chances are Alabama will be the Tigers’ most difficult challenge in 2016.

 

— Written by Cody McClure, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a radio host and lead SEC Writer for . Follow him on Twitter .

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In 2015, 's schedule was widely criticized for its perceived weakness and quality of opponents. Flash forward to the 2016 season, and those critiques will not be heard. Of Ohio State's 12 opponents, 10 played in a bowl game last season and two teams qualified for the College Football Playoff.

 

Throw in the massive roster upheaval, due to the 12 NFL Draft choices from Ohio State's 2015 roster, and combine that with a returning roster that has never played in a college game before, and this should be one of the most challenging schedules in recent memory. If head coach Urban Meyer has the Buckeyes in contention for a Playoff spot at the end of this season, national coach of the year honors will not be out of the question.

 

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With that in mind here are Ohio State’s 12 regular season games ranked from easiest to most difficult.

 

12. Sept. 10 vs. Tulsa

Tulsa head coach Phillip Montgomery has done a solid job in molding the Golden Hurricane into a potent offensive unit, finishing 21st in the country in scoring (37.2 ppg) a year ago. Unfortunately, the defense gave up more points (39.8 ppg, 120th nationally) to the opposition, which is a big reason why Tulsa finished 6-7. The old coaching axiom is that a team improves most from game one to game two. When does Ohio State face Tulsa? Game two.

 

11. Sept. 3 vs. Bowling Green

Any time Ohio State plays a MAC opponent, especially an Ohio-based MAC opponent, it causes some concern from the fan base that the Buckeyes will come out flat and not take said opponent seriously. Bowling Green will enter Ohio Stadium for the first time since 2006, under a first-time head coach in Mike Jinks. The majority of Ohio State's roster will be freshmen or redshirt freshmen, eager to impress and make a positive first impression during the season opener.

 

10. Oct. 1 vs. Rutgers

Former Ohio State assistant and current Rutgers head coach Chris Ash will make his first return to Ohio Stadium. The last time the Scarlet Knights visited The Shoe in 2014, Ohio State handled them easily, winning 56-17. Considering Ohio State has a bye week before this game, this one could be an unhappy homecoming for Chris Ash.

 

9. Oct. 8 vs. Indiana

Indiana has not defeated Ohio State in Columbus since 1987, when Meyer was a graduate assistant. Indiana actually led the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium in 2014, until the Buckeyes rallied for a 42-27 win. Meyer will not let the Buckeyes take the Hoosiers too lightly after last season's scare in Bloomington, when Ohio State escaped with a 34-27 win.

 

8. Nov. 12 at Maryland

Former Meyer and Jim Harbaugh protege D.J. Durkin takes the helm at Maryland, trying to make the Terrapins more formidable within The B1G East. Ohio State will be coming off a night game against Nebraska, and will be gearing up for an important road trip to East Lansing against Michigan State. Will Ohio State be guilty of looking ahead too much in this contest?

 

7. Nov. 5 vs. Nebraska

Nebraska makes its first trip to Columbus since 2012, Meyer's inaugural season as the Buckeyes’ head coach. Like the 2012 contest, this game has already been designated as a night game in Ohio Stadium. Nebraska will be coming off an important game against Wisconsin. Look for Meyer to have many top-rated recruits in attendance, and the Ohio Stadium patrons to be raucous and ready for Mike Riley's Cornhuskers.

 

6. Oct. 29 vs. Northwestern

The last time Northwestern visited Ohio Stadium? It was in 2007 when most of these players from both teams were still in grade school, and Jim Tressel was patrolling the sidelines as Ohio State's head coach. The reason why Northwestern is being ranked this high on the list of Ohio State's opponents? Timing. The Buckeyes will be coming off two challenging road games, while Northwestern will have just concluded a home game against Indiana.

 

5. Oct. 15 at Wisconsin

Ohio State has not traveled to Camp Randall at night since 2012. The Buckeyes prevailed against the Badgers in overtime, winning 21-14. Camp Randall is always a difficult stadium to play in, even more so at night. The Badgers also will have the advantage of a bye week before the Buckeyes come to town, whereas Ohio State will host Indiana prior to making the trip to Madison.

 

4. Oct. 22 at Penn State

The last time Ohio State traveled to Beaver Stadium in 2014, the Buckeyes were happy to escape with a 31-24 double overtime victory. Penn State is still recovering from its NCAA sanctions, and head coach James Franklin will be tasked with replacing Christian Hackenberg at the all-important quarterback position. The Nittany Lions have advantage of a bye week preceding this game and has designated this contest for their "White Out" game, while Ohio State will be coming off a challenging road trip to Wisconsin.

 

3. Nov. 19 at Michigan State

Meyer has been Ohio State's head coach since 2012, and every season has had a significant battle against Michigan State. Ohio State won contests in East Lansing in 2012 and ‘14, while Michigan State broke the hearts of Buckeye coaches, players and fans in 2013 in the Big Ten Championship Game and last season in Columbus. Deadlocked at two wins and two losses since 2012 against the Spartans, which way will this game turn out for Meyer and the Buckeyes?

 

2. Nov. 26 vs. Michigan

This might come as a shocker to not be ranked at the top; it was a tough decision. THE GAME. "That Team Up North." Jim Harbaugh, who will be making his first trip into Ohio Stadium since his senior season in 1986, when he guaranteed a victory over the Buckeyes. Look for this one to settle The B1G East Division champion, and go a long ways towards determining a berth in the College Football Playoff. The Wolverines are closing the talent gap between the two programs, and will be eager for their first win in Columbus since the 2000 season.

 

1. Sept. 17 at Oklahoma

Just as in life, timing is everything. Oklahoma kicks off its 2016 season with a tough opponent in Houston, which won the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl over Florida State to finish off last season’s 13-1 campaign and is coached by former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman. Oklahoma also gets Sun Belt member ULM at home before Ohio State comes into Norman. As stated above, Ohio State will be fielding a very young team, on both sides of the ball. Will these young players have gained enough experience to withstand what promises to be a rowdy atmosphere in Memorial Stadium, under the lights, before a national television audience, by the third game of the 2016 season?

 

— Written by Chip Minnich, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a diehard Ohio State fan. Follow him on Twitter .

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After being named Regis Philbin’s replacement on Live! in 2012, Michael Strahan, 44, enjoyed a phenomenal run on the morning talk show before stepping aside last month. Despite the career pivot, Strahan remains one of the hardest working men in show business. The former New York Giants pass rusher, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl XLII champion is hosting ABC’s revival of “$100,000 Pyramid,” he has ramped up his work on ABC’s Good Morning America and will continue to serve as an analyst on Fox NFL Sunday during the football season. He also has two clothing lines at JCPenney; Collection by Michael Strahan is a line of suits and suit accessories, while the recently launched MSX by Michael Strahan is a line of sportswear — or “everywear for everywhere.” As if that laundry list wasn’t enough, Strahan is the voice of Teddy — a fearless rabbit — in the upcoming 3D computer-animated Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth installment of the Ice Age film series.

 

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An intriguing race is set to unfold in the Pac-12 this season, as there’s not a clear frontrunner or team projected to finish in the top four and in the mix for a playoff berth. However, while the league may not have a dominant team in place for 2016, there’s no shortage of talent across the conference for all 12 teams. UCLA leads the way on Athlon’s projected All-Pac-12 team with 15 selections, while Washington is the top team from the North with 14 picks. USC (12), Utah (10), Stanford (11) and Arizona State (12) also hit the double-digit mark in selections for Athlon’s All-Pac-12 team for 2016. 

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the  last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2016.

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

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Pac-12 Team Previews for 2016
North Division
 

National

Rank:

44 23 90 12 11 30
South Division
 

National

Rank:

50 46 61 14 22 32

 

 

Visit the  to order a copy of the 2016 Pac-12 Preview Magazine, which features in-depth analysis and previews for all 12 teams, predictions, rankings and features to prepare for the upcoming year. 

 

 

Athlon's 2016 All-Pac-12 Team

 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

Fourth-Team

Offense

QB

Josh Rosen

UCLA 

Luke Falk

Wazzu 

Jake Browning

Washington 

Davis Webb

California 

RB

Royce Freeman

Oregon 

Ronald Jones

USC 

Soso Jamabo

UCLA 

Nick Wilson

Arizona 

RB

Myles Gaskin

Washington 

Demario Richard

Arizona State 

Joe Williams

Utah 

Justin Davis

USC 

AP

Christian McCaffrey

Stanford 

Charles Nelson

Oregon 

Victor Bolden

Oregon State 

Kalen Ballage

Arizona State 

WR

Gabe Marks

Wazzu 

Darren Carrington

Oregon 

Darren Andrews

UCLA 

John Ross

Washington 

WR

JuJu

Smith-Schuster

USC 

Michael Rector

Stanford 

Tim White

Arizona State 

Samajie Grant

Arizona 

TE

Dalton Schultz

Stanford 

Darrell Daniels

Washington 

Pharaoh Brown

Oregon 

Kody Kohl

Arizona State 

C

Riley Sorenson

Wazzu 

Toa Lobendahn

USC 

Coleman Shelton

Washington 

Alex Kelley

Colorado 

OL

Tyrell Crosby

Oregon 

Trey Adams

Washington 

Jacob Alsadek

Arizona 

Casey Tucker

Stanford 

OL

Zach Banner

USC 

Johnny Caspers

Stanford 

Chris Borrayo

California 

Kenny Lacy

UCLA  

OL

J.J. Dielman

Utah 

Chad Wheeler

USC 

Cole Madison

Wazzu 

Sean Harlow

Oregon State 

OL

Conor McDermott

UCLA 

Isaac Asiata

Utah 

Damien Mama

USC 

Scott Quessenberry

UCLA 

 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

Fourth-Team

Defense

DL

Kylie Fitts

Utah 

Hunter Dimick

Utah 

Greg Gaines

Washington 

Rasheem Green

USC 

DL

Eddie Vanderdoes

UCLA 

Hercules Mata'afa

Wazzu 

Takkarist McKinley

UCLA 

Josh Tupou

Colorado 

DL

Lowell Lotulelei

Utah 

Elijah Qualls 

Washington 

Henry Mondeaux

Oregon 

James Looney

California 

DL

Solomon Thomas

Stanford 

JoJo Wicker

Arizona State 

Tashon Smallwood

Arizona State 

Torrodney Prevot

Oregon 

LB

Salamo Fiso

Arizona State 

Peter Kalambayi

Stanford 

Keishawn Bierria

Washington 

Deon Hollins

UCLA 

LB

Cameron Smith

USC 

Peyton Pelluer

Wazzu 

Jayon Brown

UCLA 

Paul Magloire

Arizona 

LB

Azeem Victor

Washington 

Christian Sam

Arizona State 

Derek McCartney

Colorado 

Addison Gillam

Colorado 

CB

Adoree' Jackson

USC 

Chidobe Awuzie

Colorado 

Alijah Holder

Stanford 

Darrien Molton

Wazzu 

CB

Sidney Jones

Washington 

Iman Marshall
USC 

Marcus Rios

UCLA 

Dominique Hatfield

Utah 

S

Budda Baker

Washington 

Randall Goforth

UCLA 

Shalom Luani

Wazzu 

Kareem Orr

Arizona State 

S

Marcus Williams

Utah 

Jaleel Wadood

UCLA 

Tedric Thompson

Colorado 

Fabian Moreau (CB)

UCLA 

 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

Fourth-Team

Specialists

K

Andy Phillips

Utah 

Aidan Schneider

Oregon 

Conrad Ukropina

Stanford 

Zane Gonzalez

Arizona State 

P

Matt Haack

Arizona State 

Nick Porebski

Oregon State 

Alex Kinney

Colorado 

Mitch Wishnowsky

Utah 

KR

Christian McCaffrey

Stanford 

Tim White

Arizona State 

John Ross

Washington 

Charles Nelson

Oregon 

PR

Dante Pettis

Washington 

Adoree' Jackson

USC 

Christian McCaffrey

Stanford 

Ishmael Adams

UCLA 

 

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2016 All-Pac-12 Team
  First Second Third Fourth

Arizona

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Arizona State

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

California

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Colorado

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Oregon

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Oregon State

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Stanford

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

UCLA

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

USC

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Utah

Offense: 1

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Washington

Offense: 1

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Washington State

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

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Minnesota Vikings rookie wide receiver has now experienced rookie "hazing" at mini-camp. 

 

On his 21st birthday, Vikings veterans surprised the Laquon Treadwell with 60,000 bags of fruit snacks. Kyle Rudolph and Teddy Bridgewater stuffed the rookie's car full of them through the sun roof. Similar to more common pranks such as stuffing popcorn (which is just terrible) or balloons in people's cars.

 

 

Treadwell seemed to take it well as it provided a great selfie opportunity. He probably was happy enough that gummies are at least bagged so they're just more of an inconvenience. Plus, it'll provide a great snack on the way to camp.

 

 

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Boise State and San Diego State are the favorites to meet in the Mountain West title game in early December, and the Broncos and Aztecs feature plenty of representation on the Athlon Sports 2016 All-Mountain West team. The Broncos lead all Mountain West teams with 15 selections, while the Aztecs feature 11 picks. Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey are two of the top players in the Group of 5 ranks, with both claiming first-team honors for 2016. San Jose State (11), Nevada (12) and Utah State (10) also hit double-digit selections on the projected all-conference team. 

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Mountain West last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2016.

 

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An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Mountain West Conference 2016 Team Previews
Mountain Division
 

National

Rank:

51 34 89 93 82 114
West Division
 

National

Rank:

108 121 86 36 96 106

 

 

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Athlon's 2016 All-Mountain West Team
 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

Fourth-Team

Offense

QB

Brett Rypien

Boise State 

Kent Myers

Utah State 

Nick Stevens

Colorado State 

Kenny Potter

SJSU 

RB

Brian Hill

Wyoming 

James Butler

Nevada 

Paul Harris

Hawaii 

Teriyon Gipson

New Mexico 

RB

Donnel Pumphrey

SDSU 

Jacobi Owens

AFA 

Devante Mays

Utah State 

Dalyn Dawkins

Colorado State 

AP

Jeremy McNichols (RB)

Boise State 

Timothy McVey

AFA 

Tyler Winston

SJSU 

Chaz Anderson

Boise State 

WR

Devonte Boyd

UNLV 

Tanner Gentry

Wyoming 

Jalen Robinette

AFA 

Jamire Jordan

Fresno State 

WR

Thomas Sperbeck

Boise State 

Hasaan Henderson

Nevada 

Jerico Richardson

Nevada 

Marcus Kemp

Hawaii 

TE

Billy Freeman

SJSU 

Jake Roh

Boise State 

Jarred Gipson

Nevada 

Wyatt Houston

Utah State 

C

Jake Bennett

Colorado State 

Austin Stephens

Utah State 

Will Kreitler 

UNLV 

Arthur Flores

SDSU 

OL

Chase Roullier

Wyoming 

Dejon Allen

Hawaii 

Kwayde Miller

SDSU 

Kyle Saxelid

UNLV 

OL

Nico Siragusa

SDSU 

Austin Corbett

Nevada 

Travis Averill

Boise State 

Zach Wallace

Wyoming 

OL

Mario Yakoo

Boise State 

Jake Simonich

Utah State 

Colin Sandor

AFA 

Jeremiah Kolone

SJSU 

OL

Fred Zerblis

Colorado State 

Nate Velichko

SJSU 

Reno Henderson

New Mexico 

Steven Baggett

Boise State 

 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

Fourth-Team

Defense

DL

Alex Barrett

SDSU 

Kyle Kelley

SDSU 

Gabe Perez

Boise State 

Nate Madsen

Fresno State 

DL

Nik D'Avanzo

New Mexico 

Ricky Ali'fua

Utah State 

Carl Granderson

Wyoming 

Isaiah Irving

SJSU 

DL

Travis Seefeldt

Utah State 

Sam McCaskill

Boise State 

Malik Reed

Nevada 

Keenan Sykes

SJSU 

DL

Kennedy*

Tulimasealii

Hawaii 

Ryan Watson

AFA 

Kory Rasmussen

Hawaii 

Mike Hughes

UNLV 

LB

Calvin Munson

SDSU 

Dakota Cox

New Mexico 

Tau Lotulelei

UNLV 

D.J. Dunn

AFA 

LB

Christian Tago

SJSU 

Kevin Davis

Colorado State 

Lucas Wacha

Wyoming 

Jeff Camilli

Fresno State 

LB

Tanner Vallejo

Boise State 

Ben Weaver

Boise State 

Jerrol 

Garcia-Williams

Hawaii 

Ryan McAleenan

UNLV 

CB

Damontae Kazee

SDSU 

Jalen Davis

Utah State 

Daquawn Brown

Fresno State 

Andre Chachere

SJSU 

CB

Ronald Ladipo

AFA 

Jonathan Moxey

Boise State 

Tyquwan Glass

Fresno State 

Torry McTyer

UNLV 

S

Weston 

Steelhammer

AFA 

Dylan 

Sumner-Gardner

Boise State 

Asauni Rufus

Nevada 

Maurice McKnight

SJSU 

S

Andrew Wingard

Wyoming 

Dameon Baber

Nevada 

Malik Smith

SDSU 

Dallin Leavitt

Utah State 

 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

Fourth-Team

Specialists

K

Tyler Rausa

Boise State 

Brent Zuzo

Nevada 

Nicolai Bornand

UNLV 

Wyatt Bryan

Colorado State 

P

Hayden Hunt

Colorado State 

Michael Carrizosa

SJSU 

Rigoberto Sanchez

Hawaii 

Alex Boy

Nevada 

KR

Rashaad Penny

SDSU 

D.J. May

Wyoming 

Elijah Mitchell

Nevada 

Keelan Ewaliko

Hawaii 

PR

Andrew Rodriguez

Utah State 

Tanner Gentry

Wyoming 

Andrew Celis

Nevada 

Mikah Holder

SDSU 

 

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2016 All-Mountain West Team
  First Second Third Fourth

Air Force

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Boise State

Offense: 4

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 4

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Colorado State

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Fresno State

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Hawaii

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Nevada

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

New Mexico

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

San Diego State

Offense: 2

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

San Jose State

Offense: 1

Defense:  1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 4

Sp. Teams: 0

UNLV

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 0

Utah State

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 3

Defense:  2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Wyoming

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

* Tulimasealii was dismissed from the team in late June - after Athlon's All-Mountain West team was released for 2016.

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The early weeks of the FCS season will be energized by the upsets of FBS teams. After all, Cinderella straps on the dancin’ shoes in September too.

 

Related:

 

But what the FCS needs just as much, though, are strong matchups between teams stepping out of conference. With smaller athletic budgets, it’s not always possible if the matchups aren’t somewhat regional.

 

But during the first month of the 2016 season, there are plenty of attractive non-conference matchups.

 

Here are a dozen of the best:

 

Charleston Southern at North Dakota State (Aug. 27)

The five-time reigning national champion Bison open the FCS season for the second consecutive season. They lost at Montana a year ago, but this one is at home, sweet dome. The visiting Buccaneers, coming off a Big South title, will try to silence the Fargodome crowd with a controlled run game.

 

Duquesne at Youngstown State (Sept. 1)

Don’t sleep on this matchup. The visiting Dukes are coming off a Northeast Conference title and have a quarterback, senior Dillon Buechel, who will test YSU’s pass defense, which led the FCS last season. The playoff-starved Penguins can’t afford to lose their opener under head coach Bo Pelini.

 

Alcorn State at Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 4)

The MEAC-SWAC Challenge has moved to a campus site and it’s a dandy. Alcorn State is coming off two straight SWAC titles and Bethune-Cookman has won at least a share of five of the last six MEAC championships. Maybe a preview of the Celebration Bowl in December?

 

Montana at Northern Iowa (Sept. 10)

Montana has won all five previous meetings, including the three most recent in the FCS playoffs in 1994, 2001 and '11. Now if the Panthers could only have the same luck against the Griz as they do against Eastern Washington (you’ll see below).

 

Eastern Washington at North Dakota State (Sept. 10)

NDSU has come to dominate the FCS, but this is a matchup of the two most recent national champions as Eastern Washington preceded the Bison in 2010. In fact, the last Bison loss in the playoffs occurred in the 2010 quarterfinals when the Eagles won in overtime on their way to the title.

 

Northern Arizona at Western Illinois (Sept. 10)

So you’ve noticed Big Sky vs. Missouri Valley is a theme. This one has NAU super soph quarterback Case Cookus, who set the FCS freshman record for touchdown passes in a season, facing a veteran Western Illinois squad.

 

Coastal Carolina at Jacksonville State (Sept. 17)

All 12 Coastal Carolina games are non-conference this season as the program makes its transition toward the FBS as an FCS independent. The Chanticleers’ trip to last year’s national runner-up is their toughest game. Their matchups against Charleston Southern (Oct. 1) and Liberty (Nov. 17) will be at home.

 

Northern Iowa at Eastern Washington (Sept. 17)

Whew! By the time these power programs square off for a second straight year, UNI will have traveled to Iowa State and hosted Montana, and EWU will have visited Washington State and North Dakota State. UNI won 38-35 in Cedar Falls last season to extend its series lead to 6-0.

 

Eastern Illinois at Illinois State (Sept. 17)

Since the oldest rivalry in the state of Illinois was dubbed the Mid-America Classic in 2012, Illinois State has won three of the four games, including 34-31 in overtime last season. That has upped the Redbirds’ series lead to 54-40-9.

 

Colgate at Richmond (Sept. 24)

After winning the Patriot League title, Colgate beat CAA Football programs New Hampshire and James Madison on the road in the playoffs last season. The Raiders will have their hands full with Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta-to-Brian Brown passing combo.

 

Penn at Fordham (Sept. 24)

There’s no shortage of offensive standouts in this matchup with Penn quarterback Alex Torgersen and wide receiver Justin Watson and Fordham quarterback Kevin Anderson and running back Chase Edmonds.

 

Jacksonville State at Liberty (Sept. 24)

The host Flames were humbled by a 6-5 finish last season, but they went 5-0 at Williams Stadium, including wins over Montana and Coastal Carolina. A capacity crowd figures to turn out for quarterback Eli Jenkins and the Gamecocks.

 

— Written by Craig Haley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Haley has covered the FCS level since 1999 and is the national writer for . He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter .

 

(Top photo by University of Northern Iowa Athletics)

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For the first time,  teams will forgo their usual color palette for a special light blue motif on Father’s Day. On June 19, all 30 teams will wear specially designed caps and jerseys in recognition of the special day.

 

In the past players have worn special blue ribbons and wristbands on Father’s Day, but this is the first year MLB has gone with the uniform approach. The Father’s Day look was created in partnership with New Era and Majestic and is part of this year’s line of special event looks, which were . Teams wore pink-centric uniforms on Mother’s Day, camouflage-influenced ones on Memorial Day and will don special stars and stripes editions on the 4th of July.

 

Related:

 

MLB will donate a portion of its licensed Father's Day uniform royalties to the Prostate Cancer Foundation as well as Stand Up to Cancer. MLB's partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation goes back to 1996.

 

So light blue will be the dominant color on the diamond come June 19, but which team will wear it best? Here are the 10 (in alphabetical order) we think will stand out on Father's Day. 

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

 


Kansas City Royals

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

 

 

Miami Marlins

 

 

Minnesota Twins

 

 

New York Mets

 

 

Oakland A's

 

 

San Diego Padres

 

 

San Francisco Giants

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

 

 

(Photos courtesy of , where you can find the complete gallery of Father's Day  and .)

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Athlon Sports is celebrating the 50th volume of its inaugural SEC annual this year. Throughout the summer and fall, we’ll look back at some of the players, coaches, teams and images from our early years.

 

Back then, Florida running back Larry Smith was the SEC’s preseason MVP in that . We caught up with Smith to talk about his time at Florida, his pro career and his post-football pursuits.

 

Larry Smith’s most famous play as a Florida football player is a matter of dispute.

 

In the Sugar Bowl following the 1966 season, Smith managed to steal the spotlight from his quarterback, who was a month removed from winning the Heisman Trophy.

 

With Florida up 7-6 in the third quarter against Georgia Tech, Smith took a handoff from Steve Spurrier at the 6, scored a few blocks and ran 94 yards for a touchdown. In Florida’s first Orange Bowl and only its second major bowl appearance, Smith ran for 187 yards on 23 carries to beat Georgia Tech 27-12.

 

The image of that 94-yard run though — or at least the story of it — persisted. According to the legend, Smith made the run with his pants falling down, a fact Smith says was more or less an optical illusion.

 

“They had those old hip pads back then and they were sliding up, making it look like my pants were falling down,” said Smith from his law office in Tampa, Fla. “I honestly don’t think I could have run that far if my pants were falling down.”

 

So why did that legend persist? Norm Carlson is a genius, says Smith.

 

Norm Carlson was Florida’s sports information director at the time, and as Florida’s liaison to the press, he was happy to make the star running back larger than life even if Smith would have nothing to do with such praise.

 

“His pants did start falling down,” Carlson said. “He had small hips. They didn’t fall down, but they started slipping and you could see his hip pad. It didn’t affect the run, but you could clearly see them slipping. I just reported the truth. It’s all about truth in journalism.”

 

That run and his MVP performance in the Orange Bowl set up Smith as one of the SEC’s biggest stars going into the 1967 season. With Spurrier — the SEC’s second Heisman winner in seven years — graduating, Smith had big shoes to fill.

 

 

Conference coaches felt Smith was up to the task when they voted him the preseason MVP in the inaugural issue of Athlon in 1967.

 

“He’s the best college back I’ve been around,” then-Florida coach Ray Graves told Athlon.

 

In Smith’s 1966 sophomore season — his first on the varsity as freshmen were ineligible at the time — he rushed for 742 yards, caught 23 passes and accounted for 12 total touchdowns in 10 games.

 

Smith rushed for 754 yards as a junior and accounted for eight touchdowns, but Florida struggled to find a quarterback in the absence of Spurrier and finished 6-4 without a bowl game.

 

The reputation of the Florida running back continued into his senior season when Athlon wrote: “With all due apologies to O.J. Simpson, Larry Smith may be the greatest running back in college football.”

 

Perhaps there was some provincialism at work in the SEC, but Carlson says this was no hyperbole.

 

“He was a great football player, proved it in every way on the field,” said Carlson, who is semi-retired but still listed as Florida’s historian and an assistant athletic director. “To take in all the categories of what he did, statistically maybe not the best, but he didn’t care. That’s what made him one of the best.”

 

 

Smith finished with 2,186 career rushing yards and 607 receiving yards, leaving school as the program’s all-time leader in rushing and yards from scrimmage. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound running back was also known for completing passes on what started as end sweeps.

 

Since then, Smith’s notoriety would fade as Emmitt Smith, Errict Rhett and Fred Taylor passed him in the record books, and quarterbacks and receivers became the superstars under Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer.

 

After Florida, Smith was drafted eighth overall by the Rams in the 1969 NFL Draft. Injuries limited him throughout his career, and he never topped the 599 rushing yards from his rookie season He retired in 1974, but before then he split time living in Los Angeles and Gainesville, Fla.

 

Smith’s heart was always in Florida, anyhow. His father was a Florida graduate — he still has his season tickets that they first purchased when Smith was eight years old.

 

After 10 years in Gainesville, Smith worked in the business world in his hometown of Tampa before going to law school in his early 30s. After changing gears in his career, Smith graduated law school at age 34 and has worked in commercial real estate law in Tampa ever since.

 

Other names in Florida history loom larger, particularly his former quarterback, but in 1967 and 1968 few were better than Athlon’s first SEC MVP.

 

“All around, he was one of the best we have ever had at Florida,” Carlson said.

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Having a dual-threat quarterback who makes the defense respect his arm and legs is arguably a must for effective offenses in today’s college football. These quarterbacks have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play signal-caller seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great playmaking ability. This spreadsheet below shows runs that went over 20 and 30 yards, average per carry and a total sum of the statistics. There is no perfect system to define the elite dual-threat quarterbacks, but this arbitrary metric should efficiently sort out the best of the best. Without further ado, here are the most dynamic running quarterbacks in college football.

 

CFB's 10 Most Explosive Running QBs for 2016

Name

20+

30+

Avg

Total

Greg Ward Jr. (UH)

16

9

5.8

30.8

Lamar Jordan (UNM)

13

4

5.3

22.3

Lamar Jackson (UL)

11

6

5.2

22.2

Deshaun Watson (CLEM)

10

6

5.4

21.4

Kevin Ellison (GSU)

9

5

6.4

20.4

Matt Davis (SMU)

11

5

4.1

20.1

Tyler Jones (TSU)

9

5

4.2

18.2

Quinton Flowers (USF)

10

3

5.0

18.0

Kenny Potter (SJSU)

9

5

3.5

17.5

Joshua Dobbs (UT)

10

2

4.6

16.6

Greg Ward Jr., 5’11, 185 lbs., Houston

Became the first Houston quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.

 

Lamar Jordan, 5’10, 190 lbs., New Mexico

Has 1,419 career rushing yards and had a 5.11 average per carry versus Power 5 opponents in 2015.

 

Lamar Jackson, 6’3, 196 lbs., Louisville

Holds the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season and already owns the career record with 960 yards.

 

Deshaun Watson, 6’2, 210 lbs., Clemson

Broke the ACC total offense mark of 4,600 yards set by Philip Rivers of NC State in 2003.

 

Kevin Ellison, 6’0, 183 lbs., Georgia Southern

The triple-option threat has 2,690 career rushing yards and 28 touchdowns thus far in his storied Eagle career.

 

Matt Davis, 6’0, 212 lbs., SMU

Had four 100-yard rushing performances and owns the two highest rushing totals by a quarterback in SMU history.

 

Tyler Jones, 6’2, 205 lbs., Texas State

Was second in the Sun Belt for rushing yards by a quarterback and rushed for 160 yards versus Southern Miss.

 

Quinton Flowers, 6’0, 210 lbs., South Florida

Posted 3,287 yards of total offense and set a USF season record for total touchdowns accounted for with 34.

 

Kenny Potter, 6’2, 208 lbs., San José State

Became the first San José State quarterback in 11 years to rush for six touchdowns in a season.

 

Joshua Dobbs, 6’3, 207 lbs., Tennessee

Rushed for at least one touchdown in 13 of his last 19 starts with two or more in six of those games.

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Braden Gall and David Fox break down a slow news week in college football.

 

- Jeremy Foley is stepping down as Florida's Athletic Director. How impressive was his run and was he the first of a new type of AD.

 

- Ohio State will sell beer at games this year, bringing the total to more than 30 FBS schools selling alcohol at sporting events. What is the downside? Are there any negatives to selling booze at games?

 

- Why can't Baylor get out of his it's own way? Is the Board of Regents going to vote Art Briles back in place? What is the real solution for the Bears? (Hint: TELL THE TRUTH!)

 

- The guys break down the Athlon Sports preseason All-American and All-Conference teams.

 

- Finally, are eSports the future of college athletics? The Pac-12 Network seems to think gaming is the wave of the future.

 

Check out the .

 

You can order your preseason .

 

 

Send any ideas, questions or comments to  @AthlonMitch or @DavidFox615 or email . The podcast can be found on  and our .

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The crying Jordan meme has been used frequently for the past year. However, this instance has taken it to a whole other level.

 

Fans buying website domains to troll is not new. In 2012, someone bought Nets.com to redirect Nets fans to the New York Knicks official website. In 2015, another person bought TheWashingtonRedskins.com to redirect Redskins fans to the New York Giants official website. 

 

Instead of seeing the usual memes you would expect on a website named , the URL redirects you to the Cleveland Cavaliers official website. 

 

Whatever the reason and whoever it is, this troll is pretty funny. A Crying Jordan never fails to disappoint. 

 

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Reading mean tweets about yourself can be difficult, but funny.

 

The Indianapolis Colts took it upon themselves to take a gander at the things being said about them on social media, and it does not disappoint. Players learn that twitter users think they're old, ugly, and can't play defense. Ouch.

 

 

Please never tweet about Pat McAfee again.

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If is to ever make a run at a West title, 2016 would be the year to do it. The Razorbacks have a lot going for them heading into the season with nine starters back on defense, a very favorable schedule, and their side of the SEC figures to be down this year. The trouble for the Hogs is the unknown on offense.

 

Related:

 

Arkansas pulled together an 8-5 season in 2015 after stumbling hard out of the blocks at 1-3. The Hogs buckled down through the heart of their SEC schedule, ending the year on a high note with a 45-23 trouncing of Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl.

 

On offense, quarterback Brandon Allen is gone replaced by younger brother Austin, as is leading rusher Alex Collins with Kody Walker, Rawleigh Williams and incoming freshman Devwah Whaley in a battle to fill his big shoes. Another key piece of last year’s offense that has departed is Mackey Award-winning tight end Hunter Henry. The one good thing for second-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos is the cupboard is not bare at tight end or wide receiver. So if Allen can come in and get the ball to his weapons, the Razorbacks should be able to move the ball and score some points.

 

The defense was a Jekyll and Hyde affair with one part being stout (run defense finished 12th in the nation) with the other being anything but (pass defense finished No. 117). Former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads has been brought on to help mold the secondary into shape. If Arkansas is to have a season to remember, the pass defense must improve and quickly. The good news for defensive coordinator Robb Smith is that plenty of experience returns in those nine starters.

 

Here is a look at Arkansas 12 regular season games ranked from easiest to most difficult.

 

12. Oct. 1 vs. Alcorn State

The Braves may get a distracted Arkansas team in early October. Arkansas has lost back-to-back games to Texas A&M in overtime, so one can expect another nail-biting finish leading into this game, and the Hogs get Alabama the following week. The Braves were 9-4 in 2015 but were quickly shown the door against their lone FBS opponent, Georgia Tech, losing 69-6 in their season opener.

 

11. Sept. 17 vs. Texas State

The Bobcats suffered through a 3-9 (2-6 Sun Belt) showing in 2015 and have just four starters back on offense and four back on defense. Texas State could be a much-needed game to get the ship back on course if all does not go well in Fort Worth against the Horned Frogs the week prior.

 

10. Sept. 3 vs. Louisiana Tech

The Bulldogs were 9-4 a year ago, but lost quarterback Jeff Driskel and running back Kenneth Dixon to the NFL. Louisiana Tech likes to use four wide receivers, making this season opener a good barometer for Arkansas’ beleaguered pass defense in preparation for the likes of TCU, Texas A&M and Auburn. The Bulldogs only have two key starters returning on defense, so the Hogs should be able to make some noise on offense too.

 

9. Nov. 25 at Missouri

First-year head coach Barry Odom will have his hands full in 2016 trying to revive Missouri’s offense. The line returns just one starter to protect sophomore quarterback Drew Lock, who needs to take a step or two forward this season. The running game should get a boost from true freshmen Nate Strong and Damrea Crockett but can the line get a push up front?

 

Missouri’s defense was very good a year ago, finishing sixth overall in FBS. The Tigers’ front line is stout and led by Charles Harris, Josh Augusta and Walter Brady. If Missouri can produce some offense, expect the Tigers to hang closer than the 28-3 beating they took in Fayetteville last season.

 

8. Sept. 10 at TCU

Athlon Sports has the Horned Frogs , which on paper may seem a bit odd. TCU may put up a pile of points on its Big 12 competition because that is what the Horned Frogs have been able to do lately, but the offense returns just one starter as the potent passing combination of Trevone Boykin to Josh Doctson is no longer around. Quarterback Kenny Hill beat the Hogs when he was with Texas A&M in 2014, but he may not get the starting spot if Foster Sawyer has anything to say about the matter.

 

TCU should be solid on defense with eight starters back, but that unit was fairly average in 2015 against the run, something Arkansas will look to exploit if possible.

 

7. Oct. 22 at Auburn

The Tigers limped to a 7-6 mark in 2015 but still almost beat Arkansas in Fayetteville before losing 54-46 in overtime. Former running back Peyton Barber ran over Arkansas’ defense for 120 yards on 37 carries with four scores. Sean White, who is in a battle with Jeremy Johnson for the starting spot under center, was good enough to keep the chains moving, hitting 19 of 32 passes for 254 yards.

 

Auburn welcomes Arkansas at the right time, after consecutive games against Alabama and Ole Miss. The Hogs have a bye the following week before Florida and may be eyeing a week off to rest and heal before four more SEC games to end the regular season.

 

6. Nov. 19 at Mississippi State

How good can Mississippi State be with quarterback Dak Prescott now in the NFL? Each year Mississippi State is essentially picked last in the SEC West, and each year the Bulldogs rise above expectations. Nick Fitzgerald appears to be the heir apparent in the pocket. Like Prescott he can run, which has caused trouble for Arkansas defenses in the past.

 

On defense, the Bulldogs are moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 alignment, which could work in Arkansas’ favor. The Hogs had trouble moving MSU’s defensive front a year ago. MSU has five key starters back on defense and five on offense. Everything teeters on quarterback play for the Bulldogs. 

 

5. Sept. 24 vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas)

No matter the records or amount of returning starters either Arkansas or Texas A&M has on their rosters when they square off, the game is sure to be exciting. The Aggies went 8-5 in 2015 but lost both starting quarterbacks to transfer. Former Oklahoma starting quarterback Trevor Knight has been given the nod to start the season in the pocket for A&M. How will he hold up against a SEC schedule?

 

The Aggies will be tough on defense again and will have arguably one of the best wide receivers corps in the nation. Just another tough game for the Hogs.

 

4. Nov. 5 vs. Florida

Arkansas rotates off Tennessee from the East for Florida, which may be a blessing. The Gators lost a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, especially on defense to the NFL. For the sixth year in a row, Florida will have a new starting quarterback. The Gators return three along their offensive line and have running backs Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkrite back after solid freshmen seasons.

 

The defense may be salty again but will miss cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, safety Keanu Neal and lineman Jonathan Bullard.

 

Florida could be struggling by the time Arkansas welcomes the defending SEC East champions to Fayetteville. The Gators’ schedule is difficult with road games to Tennessee and Vanderbilt, home games against LSU and Missouri, a neutral site game against Georgia, then to Arkansas before going back to the Swamp to greet South Carolina.

 

3. Oct. 15 vs. Ole Miss

Arkansas escaped Ole Miss 53-52 in overtime in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium thanks to the “Henry heave” to running back Alex Collins on a 4th-and-20 play for a game-saving first down. The Rebels will be very young on offense but have senior quarterback Chad Kelly and his conference-leading 4,042 yards and 31 touchdown passes back.

 

Brandon Allen exploited Ole Miss’ defense for 442 yards and six scores without a pick. It is tough to assume Austin Allen will be able to do the same. With three starting defensive backs returning, the Rebels’ pass defense should improve. Coming right after the showdown against Alabama makes this a really difficult game for Arkansas.

 

2. Oct. 8 vs. Alabama

Between Bobby Petrino, John L. Smith and Bret Bielema, the Hogs are closing in on a decade of losing to Alabama. The last time the Hogs bested the Crimson Tide was a 24-23 win in 2006. If Arkansas could pick a year to beat Alabama, this would be it.

 

Alabama has six starters back on offense and will be replacing three up front, its quarterback and running back. The Crimson Tide’s secondary is very solid but the front seven might be tested in 2016.

 

Arkansas has its cupcake game against Alcorn State the week before Alabama comes to town. The Hogs could be 5-0 looking for legitimacy at this point or 3-2 looking to turn things around against the best college football program in the nation. Maybe Bama will be looking ahead to another critical conference road game (at Tennessee the following week)?

 

1.  Nov. 12 vs. LSU

Tough to pick anything against Alabama not being the No. 1 game, but LSU could be the team to beat in 2016. Brandon Harris’ play at quarterback will be under the microscope but with seven other starters back on offense, including Heisman Trophy contender Leonard Fournette, and 10 back on defense, the Tigers look like one of the nation’s best this season.

 

LSU heads to Arkansas after what could be tough back-to-back games against Ole Miss and Alabama. The Hogs have beaten LSU the last two seasons with both games coming after the Tigers fell to Alabama.  That part of the schedule is in place again this fall so If Alabama wears down LSU again, Arkansas could pull out its third win in a row over the Bayou Bengals.

 

— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, . Follow him on Twitter .

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Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa are projected to be the Big Ten’s top four teams this season, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the Athlon Sports projected All-Big Ten team for 2016. Michigan leads the way with 13 overall selections, while Iowa and Michigan State rank a close second with 12 picks. Ohio State returns only six starters, but the Buckeyes have a strong showing on Athlon’s projected all-conference team with 10 selections. 

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the  last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2016.

 

Related: 

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

Big Ten Team Previews for 2016

East Division
 

National

Rank:

55 66 5 13 3 39 87
West Division
 

National

Rank:

74 19 60 31 45 95 33

 

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Athlon's 2016 All-Big Ten Team

 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

Fourth-Team

Offense

QB

J.T. Barrett

Ohio State 

C.J. Beathard

Iowa 

Tommy Armstrong

Nebraska 

Wes Lunt

Illinois 

RB

Saquon Barkley

Penn State 

Corey Clement

Wisconsin 

Devine Redding

Indiana 

LeShun Daniels

Iowa 

RB

Justin Jackson

Northwestern 

LJ Scott

Michigan State 

Mike Weber

Ohio State 

Shannon Brooks

Minnesota 

AP

Jordan Westerkamp (WR)

Nebraska 

Curtis Samuel 

Ohio State 

Ke'Shawn Vaughn

Illinois 

Markell Jones

Purdue 

WR

Jehu Chesson

Michigan 

Simmie Cobbs

Indiana 

R.J. Shelton

Michigan State 

Malik Turner

Illinois 

WR

Chris Godwin

Penn State 

Amara Darboh

Michigan 

Matt VandeBerg

Iowa 

D.J. Moore

Maryland 

TE

Jake Butt

Michigan 

Josiah Price

Michigan State 

Brandon Lingen

Minnesota  

George Kittle

Iowa 

C

Pat Elflein

Ohio State 

Michael Deiter

Wisconsin 

Dylan Utter

Nebraska  

Michael Dunn

Maryland 

OL

Brian Allen

Michigan State 

Cole Croston

Iowa 

Christian DiLauro

Illinois 

Jordan Roos

Purdue 

OL

Mason Cole

Michigan 

Nick Gates

Nebraska 

Kodi Kieler

Michigan State 

Blake Hance

Northwestern 

OL

Sean Welsh

Iowa 

Erik Magnuson

Michigan 

Andrew Nelson

Penn State 

Dimitric Camiel

Indiana 

OL

Dan Feeney

Indiana 

Billy Price

Ohio State 

Jonah Pirsig

Minnesota 

Kyle Kalis

Michigan 

 

 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

Fourth-Team

Defense

DL

Malik McDowell

Michigan State 

Taco Charlton

Michigan 

Darius Hamilton

Rutgers 

Freedom Akinmoladun

Nebraska 

DL

Tyquan Lewis

Ohio State 

Jaleel Johnson

Iowa 

Demetrius Cooper

Michigan State 

Parker Hesse

Iowa 

DL

Sam Hubbard

Ohio State 

Garrett Sickels

Penn State 

Tyler Lancaster

Northwestern 

Bryan Mone

Michigan 

DL

Chris Wormley

Michigan 

Dawuane Smoot

Illinois 

Jake Replogle

Purdue 

Olive Sagapolu

Wisconsin 

LB

Raekwon McMillan

Ohio State 

Vince Biegel

Wisconsin 

Hardy Nickerson

Illinois 

Brandon Bell

Penn State 

LB

Jabrill Peppers

Michigan 

Riley Bullough

Michigan State 

Jason Cabinda

Penn State 

Jack Lynn

Minnesota 

LB

Anthony Walker

Northwestern 

Josey Jewell

Iowa 

T.J. Edwards

Wisconsin 

Marcus Oliver

Indiana 

CB

Desmond King

Iowa 

Gareon Conley

Ohio State 

Matthew Harris

Northwestern 

Vayante Copeland

Michigan State 

CB

Jourdan Lewis

Michigan 

William Likely

Maryland 

Sojourn Shelton

Wisconsin 

Grant Haley

Penn State 

S

Nate Gerry

Nebraska 

Marcus Allen

Penn State 

Jonathan Crawford

Indiana 

Demetrious Cox

Michigan State 

S

Montae Nicholson

Michigan State 

Godwin Igwebuike

Northwestern 

Damarius Travis

Minnesota 

Taylor Barton

Illinois 

 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

Fourth-Team

Specialists

K

Griffin Oakes

Indiana 

Drew Brown

Nebraska 

Ryan Santoso

Minnesota 

Rafael Gaglianone

Wisconsin 

P

Cameron Johnston

Ohio State 

Sam Foltz

Nebraska 

Jake Hartbarger

Michigan State 

Joe Schopper

Purdue 

KR

Janarion Grant

Rutgers 

Solomon Vault

Northwestern 

Desmond King

Iowa 

Jourdan Lewis

Michigan 

PR

William Likely

Maryland 

Desmond King

Iowa 

De'Mornay Pierson-El

Nebraska 

Jabrill Peppers

Michigan 

 

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2016 All-Big Ten Team
  First Second Third Fourth

Illinois

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Indiana

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Iowa

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Maryland

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense:  1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Michigan

Offense: 3

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 2

Michigan State

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Minnesota

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Nebraska

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Northwestern

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Ohio State

Offense: 2

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Penn State

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Purdue

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Rutgers

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Wisconsin

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

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Oscar Pistorius' defense team is doing all they can to avoid jail time. 

 

The 29-year-old Paralympian gold medalist is currently facing at least a 15-year jail term for the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius claims he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder as he fired four shots, killing her. His defense team hopes that showing the athlete's vulnerability without his legs will lessen his term or even eliminate it completely.

 

"The accused was vulnerable because of his disability," Barry Roux, Pistorius' lawyer said. 

 

Roux went on to say he should serve a non-custodial sentence that includes community service.

 

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The balance of power in the MAC clearly resides in the West Division this season, as 38 of the selections on Athlon’s projected all-conference team for 2016 come from the league’s top three teams – Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan. The Rockets lead the MAC with 15 selections, while the Huskies check in at No. 2 with 12. Bowling Green takes the top spot among East Division programs with 10 selections on Athlon’s All-MAC team.  

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the MAC last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2016.

 

Related: 

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

MAC 2016 Team Previews

East Division
 

National

Rank:

98 97 113 118 112 91
West Division
 

National

Rank:

116 88 124 80 79 69

 

 

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Athlon's 2016 All-MAC Team

 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

Fourth-Team

Offense

QB

Zach Terrell

WMU 

Cooper Rush

CMU 

Drew Hare

NIU 

Thomas Woodson

Akron 

RB

Kareem Hunt

Toledo 

Jamauri Bogan

WMU 

Warren Ball

Akron 

Darian Green

Ball State 

RB

Joel Bouagnon

NIU 

Terry Swanson

Toledo 

A.J. Ouellette

Ohio 

Fred Coppet

BGSU 

AP

Jerome Lane (WR)

Akron 

Jordan Johnson (RB)

Buffalo 

Shaq Vann (RB)

EMU  

Alfonso Smith (RB)

Miami 

WR

Corey Davis

WMU 

Jesse Kroll

CMU 

Marcus McGill

Buffalo 

JoJo Natson

Akron 

WR

Kenny Golladay

NIU 

Sebastian Smith

Ohio 

KeVonn Mabon

Ball State 

Jordan Reid

Ohio 

WR

Ronnie Moore

BGSU 

Cody Thompson

Toledo 

Rokeem Williams

Miami 

Corey Willis

CMU 

C

Tim McAuliffe

BGSU 

John Keenoy

WMU 

James O'Hagan

Buffalo 

Mitch Palmer

Miami 

OL

Jacob Bennett

BGSU 

Mike Ebert

Toledo 

Josh Ruka

NIU 

Reno Reda

Kent State 

OL

Taylor Moton

WMU 

Zach Hovey

Miami 

Troy Watson

Ohio 

Ryan Hunter

BGSU 

OL

Levon Myers

NIU 

Drake Miller

Ball State 

Logan Dietz

BGSU 

Paul Perschon

Toledo 

OL

Storm Norton

Toledo 

Darien Terrell

EMU 

Max Scharping

NIU 

Chukwuma Okorafor

WMU 

 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team
Defense

Third-Team

Defense

Fourth-Team

Defense

DL

J.T. Jones

Miami 

Ikeem Allen

Miami 

Luke Maclean

EMU 

Brandon Crawford

Buffalo 

DL

Jamal Marcus

Akron 

Treyvon Hester

Toledo 

Terrance Bush

BGSU 

Earl Moore

Toledo 

DL

Josh Posley

Ball State 

Pat O'Connor

EMU 

Tarell Basham

Ohio 

Kurt Laseak

Ohio 

DL

Terence Waugh

Kent State 

Se'Von Pittman

Akron 

Keion Adams

WMU 

Joe Ostman

CMU 

LB

Quentin Poling

Ohio 

Brandon Berry

Buffalo 

Sean Folliard

NIU 

Jeremi Powell

Toledo 

LB

Austin Valdez

BGSU 

Blair Brown
Ohio 

Paul Moses

Miami 

Elcee Refuge

Kent State 

LB

Sean Wiggins

Ball State 

Jaylen Coleman

Toledo 

Trenton Greene

BGSU 

Caleb Bailey

WMU 

CB

Shawun Lurry

NIU 

Darius Phillips

WMU 

Heath Harding

Miami 

DeAndre Scott

Akron 

CB

Demetrius Monday

Kent State 

Boise Ross

Buffalo 

Najee Murray

Kent State 

Amari Coleman

CMU 

S

Asantay Brown

WMU 

Tony Annese

CMU 

Ryan Williamson

Buffalo 

Martez Hester

Ball State 

S

Nate Holley

Kent State 

DeJuan Rogers

Toledo 

Brandon Mayes

NIU 

Zach Guiser

Akron 

 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

Fourth-Team

Specialists

K

Christian Hagan

NIU 

Jameson Vest

Toledo 

Brian Eavey

CMU 

Morgan Hagee

Ball State 

P

Joe Davidson

BGSU 

Austin Barnes

EMU 

Kyle Schmidt

Ball State 

Nick Ellis

Toledo 

KR

Aregeros Turner

NIU 

KeVonn Mabon

Ball State 

Darius Phillips

WMU 

Diontae Johnson

Toledo 

PR

Corey Jones

Toledo 

JoJo Natson

Akron

Corey Lacanaria

Ball State 

Shawun Lurry

NIU 

 

 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2016 All-MAC Team
  First Second Third Fourth

Akron

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Ball State

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Bowling Green

Offense: 3

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 1 

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Buffalo

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Central Michigan

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Eastern Michigan

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Kent State

Offense: 0

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Miami

Offense: 0 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Northern Illinois

Offense: 3

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3 

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Ohio

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Toledo

Offense: 2 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 3

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 2

Western Michigan

Offense: 3

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

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The 2016 season looks to potentially be a breakout campaign for Dana Holgorsen and the . With the majority of the offense returning, including quarterback Skyler Howard, expect the Mountaineers to put plenty of points on the board.

 

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The loss of Big 12 rushing champion Wendell Smallwood will be noticeable but not detrimental. Rushel Shell returns for his senior season and the addition of junior college national offensive players of the year Justin Crawford presents a one-two punch that will keep defenses guessing.

 

There are questions on the defensive side of the ball though. Replacing Karl Joseph, KJ Dillon, Jared Barber and Daryl Worley will be a tall task. The secondary will be young and will see growing pains against the spread offenses of the Big 12.

 

The Big 12 should not be as daunting as it was last season for the Mountaineers though and an improvement upon their 8-5 record from last season is expected. With that said, let’s rank the Mountaineers’ schedule this coming season from easiest to most difficult.

 

12. Nov. 5 vs. Kansas

You never want to consider a conference game the easiest of the season, especially when there is a team from the Missouri Valley Conference on the schedule. Unfortunately for Kansas there isn’t much to get excited about. This game should look much like last season’s 49-0 Mountaineer victory. The only difference this year is that the game is in Morgantown.

 

11. Sept. 10 vs. Youngstown State

The Mountaineers will be coming off the season opener against Missouri and will therefore already have faced a legitimate Power Five school. FCS member Youngstown State, under former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, will try to establish a run game against the Mountaineers that should not get them very far.

 

10. Nov. 26 at Iowa State

The Mountaineers easily handled the Cyclones last season at home, winning 30-6. Under new head coach Matt Campbell it is a new beginning in Ames. However, with a lack of depth at the receiver position the Cyclones will struggle to get anything going offensively. And with the Mountaineers’ running attack the Cyclones will struggle to stay in this game.

 

9. Oct. 1 vs. Kansas State

Yes the Mountaineers have failed to defeat the Wildcats since joining the Big 12 but that victory has to come sooner or later correct? Many of the playmakers that helped Kansas State come from behind last season are gone. A rebuilt offensive line and uncertainty at the skill positions should play in the Mountaineers’ favor this season, especially at home.

 

8. Sept. 3 vs. Missouri

The Tigers are a truly unknown this season. Under new head coach Barry Odom Missouri is looking to rebuild in multiple areas. The quarterback position is still a question mark and their best playmakers are both coming back from injury. If the Mountaineers are at full strength they should be able to cover the spread, which currently stands at 13 points.

 

7. Oct. 15 at Texas Tech

This matchup can go either way every year. The Mountaineers have beaten the Red Raiders by a combined eight points the last two seasons. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes may be on the cusp of a breakout season for Kliff Kingsbury’s team. That fact paired with the Mountaineers’ perceived inexperience in the defensive secondary could make this another close game. West Virginia should be able to tally a victory in Lubbock but don’t expect either team to win by double digits.

 

6. Nov. 12 at Texas

You simply never know what you are going to get with this matchup. The Longhorns and Mountaineers have split the last two seasons both winning at home. With the Mountaineers traveling to Austin will the trend continue? The Longhorns are looking to implement a spread offense this season under new coordinator Sterling Gilbert. But with the Longhorns’ best option to run that offense being a true freshman it may be a tall task to defeat WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and his scheme.

 

5. Sept. 24 vs. BYU (Landover, Md.)

With a new coaching staff at BYU there are numerous unknowns going into the 2016 season. The Cougars do return running back Jamaal Williams, who needs fewer than 1,000 yards to become the program’s all-time leading rusher. This one could be a toss-up simply because we do not know what BYU will bring to FedEx Field in September.

 

4. Dec. 3 vs. Baylor

Who knows what we will see from Baylor this season? With the departure of head coach Art Briles there are more questions than answers surrounding this team. Interim head coach Jim Grobe has a proven track record but plays a different style of football than Briles. At the end of the day this is still Baylor and there is no shortage of talent in the program.

 

3. Oct. 22 vs. TCU

Most believe the Horned Frogs may be down this season with the departure of quarterback Trevone Boykin. However, Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill is now eligible to take the reins. While there are several key roles that must be filled on both sides of the ball for TCU, there is no shortage of talent waiting to step in. Co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie should have the Frogs humming by October.

 

2. Oct. 29 at Oklahoma State

The Cowboys return a veteran offensive line and starting quarterback in Mason Rudolph. The Mountaineers will see mostly same the team they did last season in Morgantown when they lost 33-26. The Cowboys look to be one of the best teams in the Big 12 this season and this fall the Mountaineers have to travel to Stillwater to face them.

 

1. Nov. 19 vs. Oklahoma

For the first time since 2012 the Mountaineers play the Sooners later in the season. The Sooners will have to replace some key players on defense; however this is still a Bob Stoops-coached team that has a Heisman Trophy contender in quarterback Baker Mayfield running the offense. The Sooners will travel to Morgantown for this season’s matchup but until the Mountaineers rise to the challenge against one of the Big 12’s powerhouses this will continue to be the toughest game on their schedule.

 

— Written by Jeremy Simon, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and editor-in-chief of , a must visit for any and all West Virginia Mountaineer fans. Follow BlueGoldSports.com on Twitter .

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For Athlon Sports, the offseason is one of our favorite times of the year.

Of course, we enjoy the season as much as any crazed college football fan, but the bread-and-butter for Athlon since 1967 has been helping readers prepare for the season, helping them get to know the teams and players they need to watch.

This is the time of year we get to share our preseason annuals, our national edition and regional previews for five conferences. Countless hours of study and work from dozens of individuals went into the 2016 editions, and we still have room for debate on the outlook for every team.

Of course, Athlon isn’t the only publication out there. And just like anyone we like to compare how everyone evaluates the season ahead. Here’s how the top 25 and conference champions shook out in the various publications.

 

We’ll continue to update the grid as more rankings are released through the offseason. (Note: Athlon, Lindy's, Sporting News and ESPN went to press before coach Art Briles was fired at Baylor.)

 

Athlon's college football preview magazines are available on newsstands now and in .

 

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After a whole week of hate, the jokes about Steph Curry's new Under Armour Curry 2 Low are not done yet. Since the release, the all-white shoe has been called the new "dad" shoes or "nurse" shoes. Pete Carroll has even , which has for a long time been viewed as the "dad" shoe. 

 

Curry responded to the criticism by drawing "Straight Fire" on his sneaker during practice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Colbert had some more jokes for the shoe.

 

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Dale Earnhardt will always be welcome in Ann Arbor after this.

 

The NASCAR driver unveiled his Wolverine-themed car ahead of the Pure Michigan 400 in August. The No. 88 car will sport the Michigan colors and hope for a win when the time comes. Maybe Jim Harbaugh will ride shotgun.

 

 

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NFL dads are always great. All they want is for their kids to love them, and maybe even root for their team.

 

For Father's Day, Courtyard Hotels put together a video of NFL stars watching their children talk about them and all that they do. Drew Brees can't seem to get his kids to convert to Who Dat Nation, Antonio Brown's son is the spitting image of him, and Ryan Kalil's daughter seems to think he's the one catching the ball on Sundays. Kids really are the best people ever.

 

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With Steph Curry playing in the NBA Finals, it seems like other members of the Curry family have been receiving more attention. After Steph's sister, Sydel, got , Ayesha has found herself stirring up some trouble as well.

 

After the Golden State Warriors loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5, Ayesha tweeted out her frustration like many other fans:

 

 

Many Cavalier fans fired back quick:

 

 

The most noteworthy tweet came later with a photoshopped picture of Kyrie Irving with Steph's family:

 

 

 

Many Cavs fans haven't forgotten about Sydel yet and asked the original poster of the picture whether he had been blocked yet. Hopefully Curry's family and shoes can stay out of the news as the Warriors and Cavaliers head into Game 6 in Cleveland.

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fans, heed the warning — Jacksonville State is no ordinary Football Championship Series (FCS) program. The “other” Gamecocks are the real deal.

 

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Head coach John Grass is entering his third year with the Gamecocks and show no signs of slowing down in 2016. After romping through Alabama high school competition as the head coach at Oxford High School (41-16), Grass has put up back-to-back double-win seasons at his alma mater, notching a 10-2 mark in 2014 and a 13-2 record last season. The Gamecocks have not posted that needed win over their bigger FBS brethren to be taken seriously at the next level, but scared the life out of Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, Tiger fans, and the collective SEC fan base by nearly taking down the SEC giant in Jordan-Hare Stadium in Week 2 of the 2015 season before falling 27-20 in overtime.

 

Some talent will be missing from JSU’s electric offense that averaged 38.9 points per game a year ago, namely running back Troymaine Pope. Pope rushed for 1,788 yards with 19 scores but has used up his eligibility. Gamecock fans can rest easy with the news that former Auburn tailback Roc Thomas is coming.

 

The 5-foot-10, 203 pound junior squared away his financial aid agreement on Monday giving Grass another weapon in his arsenal. Thomas was a big recruit for Auburn out of high school after rushing for 2,211 yards and 32 touchdowns during his senior year, but was slowed to 475 yards and three touchdowns along with 17 receptions for 227 yards in two seasons with the Tigers.

 

JSU also has some help up front coming in from former East Carolina lineman Darius Anderson. Senior quarterback Eli Jenkins, an All-American, also has a new weapon on the outside in former LSU receiver Kevin Spears. Jenkins completed 60.7 percent of his passes during his junior season for 2,788 yards with 21 scores. His top target, Josh Barge returns. Barge had 92 receptions for 1,145 yards with 11 touchdowns. Combine Jenkins' talent and experience with Thomas and Spears joining Barge as his main weapons and Jacksonville State should once again be dangerous on offense.

 

The Gamecocks were tough on defense last season as well, allowing 19.9 points per game. The secondary will be strengthened in 2016 by yet another SEC transfer, former South Carolina cornerback Al Harris Jr.

 

JSU has more talent on the roster than four former FBS players; a heads up on senior center Casey Dunn and defensive ends Darius Jackson and LaMichael Fanning. The influx of the new talent paired with what's already on roster should make for another Ohio Valley Conference title and give Jacksonville State a fighting chance to put an end to North Dakota State's domination (five straight national titles) in the FCS playoffs. It also could put the Gamecocks in position to put a big scare into one of college football big boys — .

 

LSU is entering a pivotal season under head coach Les Miles. The Tigers are ranked No. 8 in the  with a roster loaded full of talent and a potential Heisman Trophy winner in running back Leonard Fournette. On Sept. 10 the Gamecocks could make a big statement in front of a national TV audience should it pull off the upset in Death Valley.

 

Only these Gamecocks don't hail from the SEC. Get ready LSU — Jacksonville State is coming to play!

 

— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, . Follow him on Twitter .

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