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5 X-Factors for Washington and Alabama in the Peach Bowl

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Alabama needs two wins in order to claim back-to-back national titles, and coach Nick Saban’s team is a heavy favorite to take the first step of that journey in Saturday’s game in the Peach Bowl against Washington. While the Crimson Tide are nearly a two-touchdown favorite, the Huskies aren’t going to go away quietly. Coach Chris Petersen has plenty of experience in getting...

Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: Alabama vs. Washington

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The third edition of the College Football Playoff officially begins on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga., as Alabama takes on Washington in the Peach Bowl. The Crimson Tide are the defending national champs and have earned a trip to the CFB Playoff for the third consecutive year, while the Huskies are making their first appearance in the four-team playoff.   Washington has been on a fast rise...

Predictions for Every Remaining College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2016-17 bowl slate has reached its halfway point. With the games from Dec. 27 completed, 20 games are in the books and 20 bowl contests remain, with the national championship also to come on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. While just 21 games are left in the college football season, there are several high-profile matchups on the upcoming slate. Ohio State-Clemson and Alabama-...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-Freshman Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Every college football season is a new opportunity for the true or redshirt freshmen players on 128 FBS teams to make a statement. While each year always produces a handful of freshmen standouts, it seems more first-year players are making an impact at a high level. The 2016 season produced plenty of standouts in the freshmen ranks, including quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (Alabama),...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 5 days ago
The 2016 college football season had a little bit of everything, to the point where you could fill your bingo card twice over. The greatest opening weekend ever? Definitely. Historic upsets from coast-to-coast? Without a doubt. Shootouts? Check. Seismic shifts as the result of game-changing plays? Double check.   Oh, and overtimes? Yes, there were plenty of those.   It was a...

Ranking the Watchability of the SEC's Bowl Games in 2016

By Cody McClure, 2 months 5 days ago
After posting a 9-2 bowl record last year — and adding yet another national championship to its resume — the SEC appeared to be far and away the best conference in college football. It wasn't just the fact that last year's nine bowl wins set an NCAA record for any conference; it was the way the SEC won. In seven of the 11 total bowl games, SEC teams won by at least 21 points...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
With the completion of college football’s 2016 regular season, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers for the All-America team. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there was no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. The SEC led the way with 25 overall selections, with the Pac-12 and ACC tying...

15 Best SEC College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
This was not your typical season in the SEC, where Alabama dominated the league more than any team in recent memory and the rest of the conference was tightly bunched in a band of mediocrity. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t some good football being played however, and there were once again several classics that will be talked about for years to come.   Related: 15 Best ACC...

Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 and continues until the national championship in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 9. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 17, four writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games dot the first Saturday of action and eight other matchups are...

SEC 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The 2016 season was an interesting year for the SEC. Alabama enters the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 overall team but every team in the SEC outside of the Crimson Tide had at least four losses.   While the 2016 campaign was largely a down year for most of the SEC, the league’s 14 teams still produced plenty of talent. Alabama led the way on Athlon Sports’ All-SEC team...