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College Football 2016 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
The 2016 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2016 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of players on offense. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Stanford...

Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days 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...

Pac-12 Football 2016 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
An intriguing race is set to unfold in the Pac-12 this season, as there’s not a clear frontrunner or team projected to finish in the top four and in the mix for a playoff berth. However, while the league may not have a dominant team in place for 2016, there’s no shortage of talent across the conference for all 12 teams. UCLA leads the way on Athlon’s projected All-Pac-12...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Quarterbacks for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 1 month 1 week ago
Having a dual-threat quarterback who makes the defense respect his arm and legs is arguably a must for effective offenses in today’s college football. These quarterbacks have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play signal-caller seems to possess - speed...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Stanford's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 1 week ago
Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford returns a Heisman Trophy runner-up in Christian McCaffrey, talented playmakers on defense and a stout offensive line. With David Shaw manning the sidelines, the Cardinal have pieces to defend their crown.   Related: Stanford Cardinal 2016 Preview and Prediction   In order to do so, however, they must navigate one of the nastier schedules...

Pac-12 Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Most preseason predictions and rankings have the Pac-12 on the outside of the playoff picture for 2016, but there’s no shortage of intrigue or potential surrounding this league. Stanford has lost only nine conference games in coach David Shaw’s tenure, and despite significant personnel losses, the Cardinal is penciled in as one of the favorites for the 2016 title. However, with...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play back seems to...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Utah's College Football Schedule in 2016

By John Coon, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Can Utah take another step and claim a Pac-12 championship this season? The Utes have made a steady climb up the Pac-12 South ladder each of the last two years behind aggressive defense, a rugged running attack and game-changing special teams play.   Utah notched its second consecutive winning season and second straight bowl victory in 2015. The Utes went 10-3 and finished ranked 17th in...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Oregon's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Oregon grew into one of Pac-12 football’s two pace-setters since 2009, splitting four of seven conference championships with rival Stanford in that time.   But with roster turnover and new, growing threats from divisional foes Washington and Washington State, the Ducks face arguably their most difficult path to the top of their conference yet.   Related: Oregon...

5 Teams That Could Surprise in Power 5 Conference Title Races in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Athlon Sports has unveiled its projected Top 25 for the 2016 college football season. The top four teams are all familiar faces when it comes to winning conferences titles and appearing in the College Football Playoff during the first two years of its existence. Perhaps more so than any other major sport, however, college football has an element of unpredictability that draws us in and makes us...