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UCF Knights 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
A winless season, including a loss to FCS member Furman, signaled the end of the George O' Leary era at UCF. Oregon offensive whiz Scott Frost takes over the reigns of a program that is just three seasons removed from winning the Fiesta Bowl and was a conference champion in 2014. Frost may be just what the Knights need to get back to the top of the American Athletic Conference, but it may...

SMU Mustangs 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The Chad Morris era at SMU did not get off to the quick start many were hoping for. The Mustangs endured an eight-game losing streak and finished their 2015 campaign with just one more victory (2) than they had in '14. There's still plenty of reason for optimism, however, as SMU's offense in particular could take a big step forward this season with experienced playmakers returning....

Tulane Green Wave 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Willie Fritz takes over at Tulane after leading Georgia Southern the past two seasons. The Green Wave will look to adopt Fritz' run-oriented offensive philosophy, especially given the overall lack of experience on that side of the ball. The defense returns seven starters, but that's from a unit that gave up more than 36 points per game last season.   Follow Athlon Sports on...

East Carolina Pirates 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Despite a run of three straight bowl appearances from 2012-14, East Carolina fired Ruffin McNeill at the end of last season. Former Duke offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery takes over and inherits a Pirates teams with considerable experience. The offense (4 returning starters) will be a work in progress, so a return to the postseason could rely on the defense and a strong showing...

Navy Midshipmen 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Previewing Navy’s Offense for 2016   Navy begins life after Keenan Reynolds, the record-setting quarterback and four-year starter. Reynolds graduated as the most prolific option quarterback in college football history, having set the FBS record for touchdowns scored. Senior Tago Smith patiently bided his time as the backup the past two seasons and is prepared to take the reins of...

Temple Owls 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
After one of the best years in school history, the Owls are set for another successful season under coach Matt Rhule. Stars P.J. Walker and Jahad Thomas should carry the load offensively again in Philadelphia, but the defense has a few big names to replace. In the best Group of 5 conference in the country, Temple will have a tough road ahead of them. October will be for all the marbles in...

South Florida Bulls 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 1 day ago
After being one of the hottest teams in November last season, coach Willie Taggart lost to his alma mater (WKU) in the Miami Beach Bowl. But that should just be a blimp in the momentum that is in Tampa right now. Expectations are the highest they’ve been in recent memory for the Bulls, and with running back Marlon Mack and quarterback Quinton Flowers returning, it will be a must-watch fall...

Ranking the American Athletic Conference's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 48 min ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.   This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by...

Houston Cougars 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
After a 13-1 record and a Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Florida State last season, Houston is aiming even higher in coach Tom Herman’s second year. The Cougars are projected to be college football’s top Group of 5 program once again in 2016, and a schedule that features games against Louisville and Oklahoma provide opportunities for marquee wins. Dynamic quarterback Greg Ward leads the...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Kickoff for the 2016 college football season is still over 100 days away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and previews for the upcoming year. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2016 Athlon Sports College...