In head coach Dave Doeren's third season at NC State, the Wolfpack finished with one fewer victory than they had in 2014. In 2015, NC State finished 7-6 after recording an 8-5 record the season before.
The ACC enters 2016 as a conference on the rise. Both Clemson and Florida State have made appearances in the College Football Playoff over the last two years, and both teams are positioned for another run next fall.
Coming off a historic 2015 season, Clemson has one goal in mind when it begins spring workouts – a national championship. After falling just short against Alabama for the national title, the Tigers hope to get back to the College Football Playoff and claim the championship in 2016.
Ever since the disastrous four-year reign of Greg Robinson, Syracuse has struggled with fits and starts to push its program into the upper echelon of the Big East and now the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Few would argue that Duke is college basketball royalty. Even fewer would argue that one coach is the primary reason Duke is among the bluest of the blue bloods.
At the same time, few would argue that Duke is one of the toughest jobs in college football. The program’s overall record attests to that.
And yet although Mike Krzyzewski and David Cutcliffe have drastically different sets of expectations, they make up the top coaching tandem in the ACC. Coach K expects to compete for championships every season, winning his most recent in 2015.
Junior college prospects are some of the biggest wildcards in a recruiting class for college football teams. Not every program taps into the junior college ranks for options, but immediate help can be found at this level. While junior college recruits often help right away, some are more of a project and can take half (or more) of a season to develop.
The countdown to the 2016 college football season is already underway, and even with the season nearly 200 days away, it’s never too early to take a look at the returning talent and project some of the players due for a breakout season.
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year.