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SEC Football 2016 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The SEC – college football’s best conference – is never short on talent and features some of the nation’s best players once again in 2016. The balance of power in the SEC is tilted to the West this fall, with 63 of the 108 selections on Athlon’s projected all-conference team coming from this division. Alabama leads the way with 14 overall selections, followed by LSU...

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

By Antwan Staley, 1 week 6 days ago
Coming into Jim McElwain’s first season in Gainesville, not much was expected of the Florida Gators, especially after finishing a disappointing 7-5 record in 2014. But not only did McElwain and the Gators exceed expectations with 10 wins last season, they also played in their first SEC Championship Game since 2009.   Florida slumped in the second half of the season after starting 7-...

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

By Cody McClure, 1 week 6 days ago
Nick Saban doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon when it comes to dominating the college football landscape. Alabama is coming off yet another national championship, and the Crimson Tide look to be loaded with talent once again. It is truly stunning how this program is able to win at such a high level after shipping off another class to the NFL every year.   Related:...

The Case for Nashville Hosting the SEC Championship Game

By John La Fleur, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Since 1994, the Southeastern Conference's football championship game has been played inside the Georgia Dome. However, Atlanta has not always served as the site. The first two championship games occurred in Birmingham in 1992 and '93. Despite the success of the SEC's title game, another city, Nashville, deserves to host this annual event.   Both Atlanta and Nashville have an...

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

By Cody McClure, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Missouri heads into the fall with what looks to be one of the SEC's best defenses. The Tigers also have continuity on the coaching staff, with former defensive coordinator Barry Odom taking over as head coach after Gary Pinkel announced his retirement this past November.   Related: Missouri Tigers 2016 Preview and Prediction   But after going a whole month without a...

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

By Lance Dozier, 2 weeks 3 days 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...

College Football Podcast: Big 12 Championship Game, Vegas Odds and Jeffery Simmons

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light are back in the booth talking the latest in college football.   - Did the Big 12 get it right by adding a conference championship game? What are the benefits and drawbacks of a 13th data point? How should the new divisions be divided?   - How good of a job is Baylor? Where does it rank nationally and within the Big 12? Where did it rank before...

SEC Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
After a two-year drought, the SEC is back on top. Sort of. The SEC really never left its spot as college football’s No. 1 league, but Florida State (2013) and Ohio State (2014) gained control of the national title and prevented the SEC from extending its dominance after winning seven straight titles from 2006-12.   Alabama has won four out of the last seven national titles and is...

Ranking the Toughest Games on LSU’s College Football Schedule in 2016

By Ryan Wright, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Year 11 with the Tigers was almost a curtain call for LSU head coach Les Miles in Baton Rouge. The “Mad Hatter” bumped up his win total in 2014 from eight to nine last season but committed the deadly sin of losing to Alabama — again — a defeat that started a three-game tumble igniting the flames on Miles’ proverbial hot seat.   If history should repeat itself...

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

By J.P. Scott, 3 weeks 2 days 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...
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