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Ranking the Toughest Games on North Carolina's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Before North Carolina played Clemson in the 2015 ACC Championship Game, there was debate about the Tar Heels’ viability as a College Football Playoff contender. After losing the first game of the season, UNC rattled off 11 straight wins and some believed that a 12-1 record and an ACC title with a win over the nation’s top-ranked team should have been enough to propel the Heels into...

5 Teams That Could Surprise in Power 5 Conference Title Races in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Athlon Sports has unveiled its projected Top 25 for the 2016 college football season. The top four teams are all familiar faces when it comes to winning conferences titles and appearing in the College Football Playoff during the first two years of its existence. Perhaps more so than any other major sport, however, college football has an element of unpredictability that draws us in and makes us...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Clemson's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 3 weeks 3 days ago
A lot has to happen in a championship season. Playing well on offense, defense, and special teams goes without saying, as does proper coaching. But an often-overlooked factor in projecting a national champion is the schedule.   A docket that features one powerhouse after another can be too tough for even the most talented teams to overcome. On the other hand, one that is loaded with...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Having a wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field and take the top off the defense is a must for passing attacks. These receivers have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into paydirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play receiver seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great hands. This...

College Football Podcast: Baylor, Ole Miss and the Countdown to Kickoff

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light are back in the booth talking the latest in college football.   - Mitch's 14-year old daughter explains satellite camps in one sentence.   - What were our reactions when we found out Baylor fired Art Briles? What (or who) could be next for the Bears? Has Baylor done enough to keep the NCAA at bay and should the NCAA be involved at all? How...

Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2016 college football season is less than 100 days away, but the countdown to kickoff is officially underway. Athlon Sports’ 2016 College Football Preview annuals are already on newsstands across the county and available for order in the online store, hosted by Amazon. Each year, Athlon Sports produces regional preview magazines for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, as well as...

NC State Wolfpack 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The Wolfpack have earned back-to-back bowl trips under coach Dave Doeren, but the program is still looking to take the next step. Earning a third consecutive postseason appearance won't be easy without quarterback Jacoby Brissett, and the schedule is tougher in 2016. The strength of Doeren's offense is in the backfield, as Matt Dayes headlines a deep stable of promising running backs....

Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Previewing Wake Forest’s Offense for 2016 Any chance that coach Dave Clawson had to turn Wake Forest around in his first two seasons slipped through the cracks in his offensive line. Over that time, the line has managed to top only one other FBS program in sacks allowed (SMU) and rushing yards (Washington State).  The good news is that the five starters, including three sophomores,...

Boston College Eagles 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Previewing Boston College’s Offense for 2016 The math on this isn’t difficult. When you have the top defense in the country in yards allowed per game and still finish 3–9, your offense is a problem area. There is some reasonable expectation for improvement under new coordinator Scot Loeffler, who most recently held down those duties at Virginia Tech. But he has his work cut...

Duke Blue Devils 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The Blue Devils didn’t finish the season strong last fall and face another tough schedule in 2016. In November, Duke plays four teams that made a bowl last season, and coach David Cutcliffe's team may need an upset or two to reach the postseason. Expect the secondary to lead the defense with three returners and some question marks up front. However, the big question for Cutcliffe...