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College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.   Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions for the...

College Football Poll Watch: Iowa Disrespected Early, Oklahoma and Utah Underrated

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 6 days ago
The first AP Top 25 Poll of the 2016 college football season was released on Sunday.   Everything went basically as planned in the top 10, with Alabama and Clemson landing in the top two spots based on the accomplishments of their 2015 rosters, Tennessee cracking the first 10 based on the "this is their year" hype bump, and Notre Dame landing in the top 10 because...

Ohio State Football Game-by-Game Predictions For 2016

By Chip Minnich, 1 month 6 days ago
Can a 12-1 season that culminates in a dominating win over your rival, as well as a commanding performance in a New Year's Day bowl game, result in a feeling of disappointment? The answer is possibly yes, if Buckeye fans reflect upon the 2015 Ohio State football season.   A team loaded with outstanding talent (Exhibit A would be the 2016 NFL Draft, with five Buckeyes selected within...

College Football Podcast: Win Totals, Prop Bets and Gambling

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Gambling advice is for entertainment purposes only (of course)!   Win totals, over/unders, prop bets and more take center stage on this edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.   Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox offer their top win total picks for the 2016 season for every conference in football. Each of us gives our top win total over and win total under for each league.  ...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation, college football quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce. Good quarterback play or improvement at the position could be the difference between winning a national title or finishing outside of the playoff mix.   Related: Ranking All 128 College Football...

Heisman Watch: 12 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 1 week ago
Unlike many of the past few seasons, last year’s Heisman Trophy ceremony felt a little different because there was actually a bit of drama over who would win the award for college football’s most outstanding player. While the debate over whether Alabama’s Derrick Henry should have won the award over other finalists like Stanford tailback Christian McCaffrey or Clemson...

College Football Podcast: QB Extravaganza

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Quarterbacks, Quartebacks, Quarterbacks!   It's the most important position on the field, so Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox break down the QB position heading into the 2016 season.   - Which teams don't need great QBs to compete for championships and why we give the benefit of the doubt to programs like Alabama, Michigan and Florida State? What do we make of...

10 College Football Upsets that Could Shake Up September

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 1 week ago
It happens every college football season. The early non-conference schedule is going according to script on a lovely fall Saturday with the big-name Power Five team beating up a significant underdog. Then, suddenly, you learn that one of those matchups is not quite going the way everyone expected and you’re instantly enthralled with the tense back and forth of the final few...

Big Ten's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2016

By Lance Dozier, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 1 week 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...