Ohio State entered the 2016 with just six returning starters, but the Buckeyes quickly reloaded behind coach Urban Meyer and quarterback J.T. Barrett and hits the midpoint of the year as one of the favorites to win the national title. While the Buckeyes are considered the top team in the Big Ten, there isn't much separation to the No. 2 team - Michigan.
Creighton introduced itself to the Big East in 2013-14 with a spectacular shooting team, led by Doug McDermott, and tremendous crowd support. While the support never wavered, the on-court product needed an adjustment period the past two seasons.
The pressure is only mounting on Steve Alford as he enters Year 4. Shortly after last season ended, a plane flew a banner near UCLA’s Westwood campus calling for the coach’s firing. It was followed by a moving truck with a similar message on its side, camped out near Pauley Pavilion. Alford, amid public pressure to step down, returned a one-year contract extension he signed following his first season and penned an apology letter to fans. “Our record speaks for itself and is simply unacceptable,” he wrote.
Alabama hits the midpoint of the 2016 college football season as the clear favorite to win the SEC and the national title. The Crimson Tide have scored huge victories over Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee in conference play and easily handled USC in the season opener.
At the halfway point of the 2016 college football season, the ACC has two teams poised to challenge for a playoff spot. Clemson is the frontrunner after a thrilling 42-36 victory over Louisville on Oct. 1, but the Cardinals remain in the mix – provided they can win out and get some help from other teams.
Baylor and West Virginia enter the midpoint of the 2016 college football season as the only remaining unbeaten teams from the Big 12, but Oklahoma is still considered the favorite by most to win the conference.
Despite the loss of three senior starters, Cincinnati appears well fortified to make a run at its seventh straight NCAA Tournament under Mick Cronin.
For a while last spring, it appeared as if Cronin, a Cincinnati native, was prepared to leave his alma mater to become the head coach at UNLV. He made the trip to Vegas to meet with UNLV officials, but after several days of deliberation decided to stay home.
“My love for this school has always been well documented,” Cronin says. “I hope people understand that.”
In Year 1 of the Steve Prohm era in Ames, the former Murray State head coach inherited a veteran roster but also a nearly impossible situation. In a small town, replacing a guy commonly known as “The Mayor” is a difficult task. However, with the help of All-American Georges Niang, Prohm’s first year was a major success as the Cyclones made their fifth straight NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. Niang, the centerpiece of the Fred Hoiberg era, is now in the NBA, but the cupboard is far from empty.