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

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 days 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, 2 months 1 week 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...

College Football's Pre-Spring 1-128 Team Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season officially begins on Aug. 27 with California taking on Hawaii in Australia. While kickoff for 2016 is a ways off, it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and a preview for the upcoming year. With spring practice underway, teams are starting to put the pieces in place for 2016 and answer some of the question marks surrounding the...

ACC 2016 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
It’s hard to declare any team or conference the winner of an offseason, but things have been going well in the ACC since the end of the regular season. Syracuse (Dino Babers), Virginia (Bronco Mendenhall), Virginia Tech (Justin Fuente) and Miami (Mark Richt) all hired excellent coaches, which should help each of those programs take a step forward over the next few seasons. Florida State...

Duke Blue Devils 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Jon Kinne, 2 months 3 weeks ago
After beating Virginia Tech on Oct. 24, the Duke football team was sitting at 6-1 with a perfect 3-0 ACC record. But a very disturbing Halloween night loss to Miami began a four-game tailspin that took the Blue Devils out of the Coastal Division race. Duke rebounded by edging Wake Forest in the regular season finale and then beating Indiana to win the Pinstripe Bowl. But there are key...

ACC's Pre-Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The ACC enters 2016 as a conference on the rise. Both Clemson and Florida State have made appearances in the College Football Playoff over the last two years, and both teams are positioned for another run next fall. But the league’s overall depth is improving, thanks to a Louisville team that’s on the rise, as well as stellar coaching hires at Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Miami and...

10 ACC Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

By Antwan Staley, 3 months 3 days ago
The ACC had a number of talented players in their conference in 2015. Six from the ACC were named either an AP first- or second-team All-American. Now a group of ACC players will take the first step towards hopefully hearing their name called in the upcoming NFL Draft by taking part in this week’s Scouting Combine. Who are the top 10 players from the ACC to keep an eye in Indianapolis...

College Football's Top 25 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
Junior college prospects are some of the biggest wildcards in a recruiting class for college football teams. Not every program taps into the junior college ranks for options, but immediate help can be found at this level. While junior college recruits often help right away, some are more of a project and can take half (or more) of a season to develop. Additionally, junior college recruits are...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The 2015-16 college football coaching carousel was one of the busiest in recent memory. There were plenty of surprises along the way, including Steve Spurrier’s sudden retirement in October, the bizarre separation between USC and Steve Sarkisian, Todd Monken’s late departure to the NFL, Lovie Smith's late hire at Illinois and Bronco Mendenhall’s decision to leave BYU for...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The countdown to the 2016 college football season is already underway, and even with the season nearly 200 days away, it’s never too early to take a look at the returning talent and project some of the players due for a breakout season. Recruiting establishes the foundation for any program, but finding and developing quarterbacks is a challenging and essential task for any coach....