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Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 2 days ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college football season the fruit of that labor.   Opening week is loaded with blockbuster games and the state of Texas alone may play host to the biggest...

Heisman Watch: The Big Ten’s Top Heisman Candidates for 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 3 days ago
The Big Ten has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith posed with the stiff-armed trophy in 2006. It is the longest Heisman drought for the Big Ten since Archie Griffin’s second Heisman Trophy in 1975 and Michigan’s Desmond Howard in ‘91. Could it be a Buckeye that snaps the Heisman-less streak this season?   In what is already heralded...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor...

Why Michigan State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 1 week ago
Michigan State enters the 2016 season in a place it hasn’t been very often in recent years – under the radar. The continuous mass exodus of talent in East Lansing – culminating in Connor Cook’s graduation – seems to have finally dropped the Spartans down a few notches in the eyes of experts and fans around the country.   Related: Michigan State Spartans 2016...

5 Critical Position Groups to Watch in the Big Ten West in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The balance of power in college football and the strength of divisions is always cyclical. The Big Ten West is on the wrong side of the cycle in 2016, as Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern enter the year with key question marks and projected to finish outside of the top 25 by most preseason prognosticators. Iowa is the heavy favorite in the Big Ten West this fall, but the Hawkeyes have a few...

Podcast: Official 2016 Big 12 Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light officially preview the Big 12 in 2016.   - First, expansion. The Big 12 needs to add four teams if it expands and we explain why and who those teams should be. Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, Boise State, UConn, UCF, USF, Memphis and more could all be options.   - Oklahoma is the pick to win the league but are they good enough to make the...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 50 names, we tried to stick...

Top 10 Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 1 week ago
The Big Ten moves to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, meaning fewer non-conference battles to evaluate from the 14-team conference. Even though the number of non-conference tilts has been reduced, there are still some good quality matchups to put some of the Big Ten’s programs to the test.   Related: Big Ten Football 2016 Predictions   If the College Football Playoff...

Looking Back At Ohio State's 2013 Recruiting Class (Part Three)

By Chip Minnich, 1 month 1 week ago
Upon his arrival at Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer’s initial recruiting class in 2012 consisted of 25 players. While Meyer had high hopes for his initial crop of Buckeyes, he also was far from satisfied.   He described that 2012 class as “pretty strong, but I wouldn’t consider that a great recruiting effort.” It was clear that Meyer was intent on making a...

Why Ohio State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 1 week ago
Ohio State enters the 2016 season with more questions than the Buckeyes have had before at any time during Urban Meyer's tenure. Nine underclassmen joined last season's outgoing senior class in hopes of making it in the NFL. Some of them — including Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa — were among the most dominant players in college football over the last couple of years....