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Big Ten's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2016

By Lance Dozier, 1 week 6 days ago
The quarterback is easily the most important on-field position for any college football team. Signal-callers can truly make their teammates better and enhance their play on the field. While quarterback - especially proven ones - are valuable, this position is not easy to evaluate and the overall performance can depend on some of the help from the supporting cast. These pocket passers...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 hours ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. LSU, Alabama and Florida consistently bring in and develop defensive...

College Football Podcast: Official 2016 SEC Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 8 hours ago
The SEC preview is our final conference preview of the summer before our final College Football Playoff predictions (coming soon!). Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox preview the Southeastern Conference in '16.   - How many teams are legitimate contenders for the SEC crown? The guys disagree.   - In the West, who belongs on the top tier with Alabama and LSU? It appears...

Best Values in College Football Win Totals

By Matt Josephs, 2 weeks 1 day ago
We've now hit August and I've previewed pretty much all of the college football conference win totals. Now it's time to narrow them all down and give you my top plays in terms of value and how much I love them. For this exercise, I'm going to use the online sportsbook 5Dimes for their prices to show you where the value may be.   Virginia (Over 5.5 wins +120)   Wins...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big Ten in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 1 day ago
We are a little more than two weeks away from kicking off the 2016 college football season. We've read most of the predictions. We have pretty good idea of who the favorites are – both nationally and in the individual conferences.   We really might as well just hand out trophies now, right? Wrong.   College football is a hotbed for outrageousness. With so many teams and...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.    Which...

Nebraska Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Mike Riley’s first season at Nebraska resulted in a disappointing 6-7 record, but the Cornhuskers could be the biggest challenger to Iowa in the Big Ten West in 2016. The offense is led by senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong and a dynamic group of receivers, while the defense can lean on the back seven until the line finds a new wave of reinforcements. Additionally, after losing six games...

The First Weekend in September Will Shape the 2016 College Football Season

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The beginning of the college football season is always a cause for celebration. Football is America's favorite game, and we can't help but to be giddy when we turn on our televisions and see the sports being played live — especially after a seven-month layoff.   Related: Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016   As excited as we are, the reality of...

College Football's Top 40 Offensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...