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College Football Podcast: Official 2016 SEC Preview

By Braden Gall, 1 week 4 days 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 week 5 days 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, 2 weeks 1 day 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, 2 weeks 1 day 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...

Predicting the ACC's Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Preseason poll season is in full swing, and there is some semblance of order to where most people expect programs to end up by the end of the 2016 college football campaign.   But as happens every year, the favorites get knocked off at one point or another and throw everything into chaos. As much as one expects the chalk to hold, it will happen again this fall. Where and when and to which...

College Football's Top 40 Offensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...

College Football Podcast: Group of 5-A-Palooza

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The guys are breaking down the Group of 5 today. Braden Gall, Mitch Light, David Fox give you teams to watch, coaches to watch, games to watch and debate if a G5 team can make the Playoff?   - What will happen to the Group of 5 teams longterm as the Power 5 continues to seperate itself financially from the rest of college football?   - Who is the top candidate for the G5 New Year...

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason attention. And with the balance of power in football shifting to the offense, big-play threats and speedy receivers are more valuable than ever.  ...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Podcast: Official 2016 Pac-12 Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The Pac-12 conference goes under the microscope as hosts Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox wrap up their Power 5 conference previews.   - Why are there no Pac-12 teams ranked in Athlon Sports' top 10? Does this mean that the league could get left out of the Playoff again in 2016? It may have everything to do with scheduling. No other league plays as many top 50 teams as the Pac-...