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West Virginia Mountaineers 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 days 1 hour ago
Is 2016 a make-or-break year for coach Dana Holgorsen? It certainly seems that way. Provided quarterback Skyler Howard picks up where he left off in the bowl game, the Mountaineers should have one of the Big 12's top offenses. However, there's concern on defense with a revamped back seven. A new-look secondary will be tested in the offensive-minded Big 12. West Virginia has the...

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 4 hours 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...

Can the Oklahoma Sooners Live Up to Lofty Preseason Expectations in 2016?

By Allen Kenney, 1 week 2 days ago
There’s a commonly held belief in college football circles that when expectations for Oklahoma zig, the Sooners zag.   Preseason No. 1? Book your tickets for the Insight Bowl.   Starting the season at No. 20? Go ahead and print the Big 12 championship shirts.   Take last season, for example. After opening at No. 19 in the preseason AP poll, the Sooners gradually...

Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 2 days ago
Another run at the College Football Playoff and a Big 12 title is certainly within reach for Oklahoma. The Sooners return 12 starters from last year’s 11-2 team, including Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield and talented running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. Replacing Sterling Shepard and rebuilding the line are the biggest concern on offense for coordinator Lincoln Riley. Scoring...

10 FCS vs. FBS Football Games to Avoid Watching in 2016

By Craig Haley, 1 week 2 days ago
No doubt you’ve circled plenty of Saturdays on your calendar for this fall. College football is coming and not soon enough to its millions of fans.   The excitement often starts with early-season matchups between FBS and FCS programs, when the big boys in Division I have to be on guard. Last year, nine FCS teams topped the much-larger FBS.   Related: 15 Best FBS vs. FCS...

Baylor Bears 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 4 days ago
Baylor's 2016 outlook has shifted dramatically since late May. Coach Art Briles was dismissed after the results of an independent investigation into the program's response to sexual assault allegations was released on May 26. Briles was an instrumental part of Baylor's rise to a Big 12 power and one of the nation's top coaches. In addition to the coaching uncertainty, the Bears...

TCU Horned Frogs 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 days ago
TCU entered last season as one of the favorites to win the Big 12 and earn a spot in the College Football Playoff but injuries and roster turnover on defense prevented coach Gary Patterson’s team from claiming the conference title. Even with the departure of quarterback Trevone Boykin and a revamped offensive line, the Horned Frogs aren’t expected to take too much of a step back in...

Oklahoma State Cowboys 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago
Oklahoma State rebounded from a 7-6 record in 2014 to a 10-3 mark last year. The Cowboys have won at least 10 games in two out of the last three seasons under coach Mike Gundy and enter 2016 with a chance to match last year’s victory total. The offense is led by quarterback Mason Rudolph and a deep group of options at receiver headlined by big-play threat James Washington. Improving the...

College Football Podcast: Preseason 2016 Top 25 Release

By Braden Gall, 1 week 6 days ago
Braden Gall and Steven Lassan break down every single team in the Athlon Sports Preseason Top 25.   - How deep is the Pac-12 and how many teams could legitimately win the title? And will the "surprise" conference champ make the Playoff?   - Can the Big 12 bounce back after a rough showing in the first two years of the Playoff era. Is there a clearcut top four in the...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days 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...