Mike Riley’s first season at Nebraska resulted in a disappointing 6-7 record, but the Cornhuskers could be the biggest challenger to Iowa in the Big Ten West in 2016. The offense is led by senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong and a dynamic group of receivers, while the defense can lean on the back seven until the line finds a new wave of reinforcements.
Arizona and Seattle figure to be the strength of the NFC West yet again and both teams have Super Bowl aspirations. The Cardinals’ championship window with quarterback Carson Palmer may be closing, which is why the team traded for pass rusher Chandler Jones.
This is not the same Denver team that won Super Bowl 50, but the Broncos’ defense should still be among the NFL’s best. Even with the questions on offense, particularly at quarterback, there’s no reason to not consider Gary Kubiak’s team a threat to repeat.
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense.
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.
The guys are breaking down the Group of 5 today. Braden Gall, Mitch Light, David Fox give you teams to watch, coaches to watch, games to watch and debate if a G5 team can make the Playoff?
- What will happen to the Group of 5 teams longterm as the Power 5 continues to seperate itself financially from the rest of college football?
- Who is the top candidate for the G5 New Year's Six bowl berth? Is it all Houston's to lose and who are the other AAC candidates to keep an eye on this fall? Is the AAC on its own college football tier?