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Big 12 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Thanks to a dynamic offense and the play of quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma took home the Big 12 title for the second consecutive season. The Sooners finished unbeaten in conference action for the first time since 2004 and could finish inside of the top five of the Associated Press poll with a win over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma State finished second...

Ranking the Watchability of the Big 12’s Bowl Games in 2016

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The Big 12 as a whole took a tiny step forward during the 2015 bowl season by notching a 3-4 record, one win better than the conference’s ‘14 mark.   The quality of play in the league tumbled this year, evidenced by the fact that only six teams even qualified for a postseason trip. As a sign that things might get even worse for the Big 12 this postseason, the...

Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 and continues until the national championship in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 9. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 17, four writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games dot the first Saturday of action and eight other matchups are...

Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Team Awards

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 2 weeks ago
For all intents and purposes, Oklahoma’s dreams of another College Football Playoff bid died before the Sooners even made it out of September. Losses to Houston and Ohio State in non-conference play left the team essentially playing for a Big 12 championship and nothing more.   Nine straight wins later, the Sooners had captured Bob Stoops’ 10th conference title in 18 seasons...

West Virginia Mountaineers 2016 Team Awards

By Jeremy Simon, 2 months 2 weeks ago
This season garnered the best record West Virginia has had since joining the Big 12 in 2012. At 10-2 the Mountaineers finished third in the Big 12 and No. 16 in the final regular season College Football Playoff rankings. A victory over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 would give WVU its first 11-win season since 2007.   While the Mountaineers’ offense had multiple...

10 Amazing Heisman Trophy Stats You Need to Know in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Without question, the Heisman Trophy race has tightened up as the college football season has come to a close.   At one point, it appeared as though Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson would run away with the award. However, due to some late Cardinals losses and a few electric performances from several other players, there is a little drama going into Saturday night's presentation at...

20 Players on the Rise Entering College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Breakout players or the emergence of new stars is an annual tradition for all 128 college football teams. However, with the focus shifting to the bowl season, it’s never too early to think about players that could use the postseason as a springboard to an even bigger 2017 campaign. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, Kentucky running back Benny Snell, Stanford quarterback Keller...

College Football Playoff: What Would a 16-team Bracket Look Like in 2016?

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Well, that was fun.   We're down to four teams to decide which one will be the champion of the wacky 2016 college football season. It's pretty cut and dry, right?   Wrong.   As always in college football, controversy reigns supreme this time of year – especially when it comes to the four-team College Football Playoff. And as always, the teams that will compete...

Seven-Step Drop: Nothing Controversial About This Year’s College Football Playoff

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Contrary to all the tweets, all the talking heads on television and all of the columns written, there was no drama in this year’s College Football Playoff selection process. There were zero surprises either.   The New Year’s Six on Monday was exactly as it was the prior Thursday night (aside from a few folks flipping Penn State and Wisconsin’s spots). Nothing changed...

Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016: From Must-See to Must-Miss

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s regular season is over and the matchups for the 2016-17 bowl season are set. The bowl slate features 40 matchups and the national championship game to be played on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. The postseason action starts on Dec. 17 with five matchups, including the New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl and New Orleans Bowl. Additionally, there are eight bowl contests before...