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Why Florida State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By Mike Ferguson, 5 months 3 weeks ago
After what was seen by many as a rebuilding year in 2015, all systems seem to be go for Florida State to again compete for a national championship this fall. The Seminoles finished 10-3 and reached the Peach Bowl last season after winning the national title in 2013 and taking part in the first College Football Playoff a year later.   In 2016, FSU returns a lot on both sides of the ball,...

Coaches Talk Anonymously About Notre Dame for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 3 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used throughout the offseason or regular season.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches...

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 3 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk...

Podcast: Playoff Breakdown feat. Eli Gold, Robert Smith, Bud Elliott, David Hood

By Braden Gall, 5 months 3 weeks ago
We called in some reinforcements to break down our picks to make the College Football Playoff in 2016: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Clemson.   Alabama play-by-play great and author Eli Gold joins the Cover 2 to analyze the Alabama Crimson Tide. Could this team throw the ball more? Who will start at QB? What should fans make of the coaching changes? His updated book, Crimson...

Deshaun Watson vs. Dalvin Cook: Who is the ACC's Top Heisman Trophy Candidate?

By Jon Kinne, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Going into the fall, two of the nation’s top Heisman Trophy contenders are ACC rivals. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson was a finalist for the award last year and although Dalvin Cook did not earn a trip to New York, the Florida State running back garnered enough votes to finish seventh despite battling injuries for much of the season.   Related: The ACC’s Top 10 Heisman...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 5 months 3 weeks ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college football season the fruit of that labor.   Opening week is loaded with blockbuster games and the state of Texas alone may play host to the biggest...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor...

Why Clemson Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 5 months 3 weeks ago
After the Mike Williams injury on the opening drive of the season, everything came together very nicely for Clemson in 2015. The line gelled and the holes that were open on defense were filled.   Orchestrating a repeat of last year's ACC title and national championship game appearance will present its own set of challenges. But the core of the offense returns led by that guy. The...

Podcast: Official 2016 ACC Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light officially preview the ACC in 2016.   - The State of the ACC Union is much stronger after last week's big announcements. The ACC Network is coming, the Grant of Rights has been extended and Notre Dame has been promised to the ACC.   - However, it could be what took place this offseason in the coaching ranks that takes the ACC to the...

Heisman Watch: The ACC’s Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2016

By Jon Kinne, 5 months 4 weeks ago
For the ACC, 2015 was the year of being close. As most everyone knows by now, Clemson took Alabama to the very end in the College Football Playoff National Championship game before falling to the Tide.   When it came to the Heisman Trophy, the ACC had another almost. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was invited to the Heisman ceremony as a finalist. He ended up finishing third behind...