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College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week 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 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 2 weeks 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...

College Football Podcast: QB Extravaganza

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks 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...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the SEC in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago
On the surface, there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of guess work in terms of what to expect from the SEC in 2016. Alabama is projected by most fans and media members as the top team in both the conference and the country. Les Miles' LSU Tigers are expected to make a run at the Crimson Tide on the back of their workhorse running back and Heisman favorite Leonard Fournette.   A...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks 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...

College Football Podcast: Official 2016 SEC Preview

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The SEC preview is our final conference preview of the summer before our final College Football Playoff predictions (coming soon!). Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox preview the Southeastern Conference in '16.   - How many teams are legitimate contenders for the SEC crown? The guys disagree.   - In the West, who belongs on the top tier with Alabama and LSU? It appears...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.    Which...

The First Weekend in September Will Shape the 2016 College Football Season

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The beginning of the college football season is always a cause for celebration. Football is America's favorite game, and we can't help but to be giddy when we turn on our televisions and see the sports being played live — especially after a seven-month layoff.   Related: Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016   As excited as we are, the reality of...