The start of the 2016 college football season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to project how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by December. The top four teams for year three of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from 2015.
As we all know, a majority of college football games are played on Saturday. But there are quite a few games this year that fall on Friday - 56 to be exact. That is the most ever, and hey, maybe that’s not a bad thing. A matchup on Friday (or a midweek game) provides Group of 5 teams more publicity. But these matchups also take away from high school games and prospective student-athletes with Friday Night Lights.
Transfers are a huge part of any college football season. Whether it’s a graduate transfer eligible right away or a player that sat out the previous year due to NCAA rules, impact players are available in the transfer ranks every year.
New faces abound in Pac-12 football in 2016. The Conference of Champions lost more than half of its starting quarterbacks, including the NFL's No. 1 overall pick, Jared Goff; star defensive players like UCLA's Myles Jack and Utah's Gionni Paul; and a host of assistant coaches.
The Pac-12 Conference marketed its athletics in the 2015-16 school year with the motto, "The Power of 12." In recognition of the league's mathematical slogan, the following are 12 statistics to know heading into the Pac-12's next college football campaign.
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. This position is the toughest to evaluate, develop and project for upcoming seasons. Finding a new starter or replacing a departing senior comes easy for some teams.