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Ohio State Buckeyes 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
Despite losing a wealth of talent to the NFL, Ohio State is poised for another run at the Big Ten Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Urban Meyer’s team returns only six starters, but elite recruiting has the Buckeyes’ roster stocked for a quick rebuild. J.T. Barrett is the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback and the lack of a controversy under center should allow the...

Will Michigan Live Up to the Preseason Hype in 2016?

By Mike Bainbridge, 3 months 1 week ago
Looking back, this offseason for the Michigan Wolverines was not all that different from a year ago.   Satellite camps (I promise we won’t cover this below), quarterback competition and Jim Harbaugh at the forefront of everything Maize and Blue dominated the college football headlines yet again, and that will assuredly continue as we trudge through the summer months towards the...

Michigan Wolverines 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
Jim Harbaugh has Michigan back among the nation’s best, and the Wolverines should be in the conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff in 2016. Road trips to Ohio State and Michigan State will determine just how high Michigan climbs in rankings, but the pieces are in place for a run at the Big Ten title. While a new quarterback must emerge to replace Jake Rudock, the...

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

By Craig Haley, 3 months 1 week 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...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week 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...

Michigan State Spartans 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Michigan State loses several key pieces from last year’s Big Ten title team, but coach Mark Dantonio’s program has plenty of staying power. The rebuilding effort starts on offense in replacing quarterback Connor Cook, receiver Aaron Burbridge and standout offensive linemen Jack Allen and Jack Conklin. The defense returns five starters, but this unit should be solid with standout...

Iowa Hawkeyes 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The 2015 season was certainly a memorable one for Iowa. The Hawkeyes finished 12-2, claimed the Big Ten’s West Division title and came within a goal-line stand of reaching the College Football Playoff. Considering Iowa had not won more than eight games since 2010 and coach Kirk Ferentz was starting to feel a little heat, last year’s record was a huge surprise. While the Hawkeyes...

College Football Podcast: Preseason 2016 Top 25 Release

By Braden Gall, 3 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, 3 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...

Tackling Misconceptions About Mike Riley's Nebraska Offense

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Hidden inside Nebraska’s 2015 6-7 record is the belief that Mike Riley’s offense can’t get the job done — period. The term “pro style” doesn’t play well in some areas of Husker Nation. Everywhere Cornhusker fans gather, a familiar paraphrase these days is “you can’t pass 40 times and win!” I’m going to prove those Big Red backers...