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Baylor Bears 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 1 week 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, 9 months 2 weeks 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, 9 months 2 weeks 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, 9 months 2 weeks 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, 9 months 2 weeks 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...

Ranking the Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
The Big 12 is home to some of the nation’s top quarterbacks in 2016. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, Baylor’s Seth Russell and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph headline a top-heavy group of signal-callers in the conference, with West Virginia’s Skyler Howard and TCU’s Kenny Hill in the next tier. This group of quarterbacks could...

15 Best FBS vs. FCS Football Games in 2016

By Craig Haley, 9 months 2 weeks ago
FCS teams upsetting FBS programs have come to be one of the leading storylines early in a college football season. Over the first few weekends, Cinderella fires up fans as if it’s March.   Three years ago, FCS teams took down FBS opponents 16 times – a single-season record. Last year, it was nine times, which is still a decent number.   In 2016, there are 113...

Ranking the Big 12 Coordinator Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 3 weeks ago
Hiring a good staff of assistants and two coordinators capable of controlling their side of the ball in player development and scheme implementation is critical for any FBS head coach. While the head coach hire is the biggest and most important move for any program, good assistant coaches are often the unsung heroes in the overall success for every team.   With that in mind, Athlon Sports...

College Football Podcast: Big 12 Expansion, Implosion and The Kentucky Derby

By Braden Gall, 9 months 3 weeks ago
Braden Gall and David Fox break down the latest in Big 12 expansion and preview the 2016 college football magazines. (We also have some fun by naming Kentucky Derby horses too.)   - What do the latest data reports mean for the future of the Big 12? What is the right structure for the Big 12?   - Who should the league target for expansion and should the Big 12 add a title game...

Top 25 Big 12 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 9 months 3 weeks ago
On the surface, the NFL Draft didn’t treat the Big 12 well this year. The conference produced 26 total picks, tying the ACC for last among the Power Five leagues.   On the other hand, on a per-team basis, the Big 12 averaged 2.6 picks per squad. That put the conference ahead of the ACC and on par with the Pac-12. As such, the talent drain supposedly plaguing the Big 12 may be a...
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