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The Case for BYU as a Top 25 team in 2016

By Mitch Harper, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Sizing up BYU football in 2016 is an interesting proposition. BYU says goodbye to Bronco Mendenhall, who won a lot of games in his 11 years in Provo, and the Cougars then say hello to first-time head coach Kalani Sitake, who makes up for his lack of head coach experience in the fact that he knows the culture of BYU football.   As for what some publications think in regards to...

BYU Cougars 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The Bronco Mendenhall era ended with a loss to hated rival Utah in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl. However, there's plenty of positive momentum at BYU, as new coach Kalani Sitake is plenty capable of keeping this program performing at a high level. The defense should take strides this fall led by safety Kai Nacua (six interceptions) and versatile linebacker Harvey Langi...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
Kickoff for the 2016 college football season is still over 100 days away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and previews for the upcoming year. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2016 Athlon Sports College...

Top BYU 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Mitch Harper, 3 months 2 weeks ago
BYU produced its third player in four years to go in the top 70 of the NFL Draft this year with defensive end Bronson Kaufusi being selected by the Baltimore Ravens early in the third round.   The Cougars have not had multiple picks in the draft since 2009. Next year’s draft may pose the greatest opportunity for BYU to get more than one Cougar star selected, as a handful of...

BYU Cougars 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Mitch Harper, 4 months 1 week ago
New BYU head coach Kalani Sitake inherits a Cougar program that is not broken. The Cougars have won at least eight games or more in nine of the last 10 seasons, but Sitake comes into the program where the schedule might be the toughest the school has ever faced.   Related: BYU Cougars 2016 Spring Football Preview   With Tanner Mangum and Taysom Hill both returning, BYU has...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.   The 2016 college football season opens with one of the best single days in the sport's history, which sets a fitting tone for the fall to follow...

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Linemen on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 10 hours ago
Offensive linemen are the most underrated players in college football. The players in the trenches never get enough credit for their performance, but the five blockers up front set the stage for the skill players to have success. Recruiting and developing offensive linemen is never easy. However, there’s always a new wave of stars ready to emerge in the trenches. With the 2016 season...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat: 2016 Spring Practice Edition

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 6 days ago
College football’s 2015-16 coaching carousel was one of the most active in recent memory. After 28 jobs changed hands, the 2016-17 version may not be as active at the end of the year. However, several big-time jobs could open, as Les Miles (LSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) enter the 2016 season squarely on the hot seat.   Spring...

College Football's Top 30 Running Backs on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
Running back is one of the easiest positions to find a new standout each year, and there always seems to be a wave of stars ready to emerge in offseason workouts. Last season, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey finished second in the Heisman voting in his first year as the starter, while Alabama’s Derrick Henry went from sharing time with T.J. Yeldon to finishing as the nation’s...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterback Battles to Watch in Spring Practice

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Spring practice is the first look at all 128 college football teams for 2016, and every coaching staff has a long list of questions for their programs to answer during offseason workouts. While replacing key players in the trenches or rebuilding the secondary is critical to the success of any team, quarterback battles are always going to steal the offseason spotlight. This spring features...