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College Football's Top 50 Must-See Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 day 15 hours ago
The offseason is over and after several long and excruciating months, college football is back in our lives. Normally any kind of football in late August and early September should be celebrated but 2016 might just feature the most impressive opening weekend ever. Added to a schedule packed with great games from now until December and there should be no shortage of fun on the gridiron this year...

College Football's Top 80 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 day 15 hours ago
With players like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and LSU’s Leonard Fournette returning, it’s a crowded year at the top of the player rankings. Watson is Athlon’s No. 1 player for 2016, but the gap between the next set of players is pretty small. While Fournette checks in at No. 2, a strong case could be...

Ranking All 128 College Football Starting Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 17 hours ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. Finding and developing a reliable starter isn’t easy for some programs, but for other schools, the next quarterback steps in and the offense doesn’t miss a beat.   With the 2016 season just beginning, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams...

Outrageous Ideas for College Football Conference Realignment

By J.P. Scott, 5 days 13 hours ago
College football conference realignment and expansion is all the rage. It's the Hansel from Zoolander of sports. The Big 12 is currently driving the conversation, but truth be told, any article or conversation about expanding or realigning pretty much any conference goes viral. Why?   Because we can't get enough of it.   We, the modern college football fan, were raised on a...

The Pac-12's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 13 hours ago
The 2016 season marks the 10-year anniversary of the Pac-12 becoming the first major conference to implement a nine-game league schedule. A rigorous conference slate has helped maintain rivalries, and often resulted in Pac-12 teams navigating some of the most challenging and most entertaining schedules in college football.   The upcoming campaign is no exception. In fact, the conference...

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 15 hours 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...

Ranking the Pac-12's Top 35 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
The Pac-12 is known for its high-scoring offenses and dynamic skill players, and with the likes of Oregon running back Royce Freeman, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returning, this league is going to have its share of fireworks on offense once again. However, the Pac-12 has a solid group of playmakers returning on defense, including Washington...

Predicting the Pac-12's Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 5 days ago
An oft-echoed sentiment around Pac-12 country suggests that any week, just about any team in the conference can beat the rest. Though Oregon State faced some hard times in Gary Andersen's first season at the helm, going winless in the 2015 league slate, and Colorado's faced some lean years since joining five years ago, the coming campaign should be the most tumultuous.   Related:...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Pac-12 in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 6 days ago
Ask 10 college football writers and analysts around the country which team is going to win the Pac-12 in 2016 and you're likely to get at least six different answers. You've got two teams that aren't very good and 10 others that could finish anywhere from 6-6 to 11-1 depending on friendly bounces and bad breaks. You've also got five or six teams with realistic Heisman Trophy...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days 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...