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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),...

Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: Maryland vs. Boston College

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 month 4 weeks ago
While this may not be the sexiest matchup of the college football bowl season, it carries a good bit of weight for each team as the two put a bow on their 2016 campaigns.   For Boston College, the Eagles had to deal all season with the possibility that an extra loss here or there could result in the firing of head coach Steve Addazio. After posting a winless record in ACC play in 2015,...

ACC All-Freshman Team for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 17 hours ago
With two of the nation’s best in Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson leading the way, quarterback play was a strength across the ACC in 2016. And the future of the position is in good hands in this league, as Florida State’s Deondre Francois and Duke’s Daniel Jones posted solid debuts this fall and headline the 2016 ACC All-Freshman Team by Athlon Sports. The strength of the 2016...

Betting Against the Spread: Best Bets for December Bowl Games

By Matt Josephs, 2 months 5 days ago
College football’s bowl season usually features some fantastic matchups and intriguing situations. It's also one of the toughest times to wager potentially with so many factors to consider.   Related: Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016 From Must-See to Must-Miss    First off is motivation and that's the most important. There are some teams that...

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...

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...

ACC 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
It’s no secret the 2016 season was a successful one for the ACC. Clemson claimed the conference title and is headed for the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy and new hires at Miami (Mark Richt), Virginia Tech (Justin Fuente) and Syracuse (Dino Babers) immediately helped their programs take a step forward. With...

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

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 months 1 week ago
The ACC had a strong regular season that culminated in Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman Trophy.   All the way through, there were compelling matchups, as Clemson has carried the flag once again for the ACC and made the College Football Playoff. At the very top of the league, one can make the argument that the ACC was second only to the Big Ten in terms of high-...

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...

15 Best ACC College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
It was in many ways a banner season for the ACC, which saw Clemson take the conference title and make the College Football Playoff for the second season in a row. And not only did Louisville’s Lamar Jackson win the Heisman Trophy, but the Tigers’ Deshaun Watson finished second in the voting while taking home the Davey O’Brien Award.   But what about that regular season...