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Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 17 hours ago
The 2016 college football season is less than 100 days away, but the countdown to kickoff is officially underway. Athlon Sports’ 2016 College Football Preview annuals are already on newsstands across the county and available for order in the online store, hosted by Amazon. Each year, Athlon Sports produces regional preview magazines for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, as well as...

Duke Blue Devils 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 18 hours ago
The Blue Devils didn’t finish the season strong last fall and face another tough schedule in 2016. In November, Duke plays four teams that made a bowl last season, and coach David Cutcliffe's team may need an upset or two to reach the postseason. Expect the secondary to lead the defense with three returners and some question marks up front. However, the big question for Cutcliffe...

Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.   This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks 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...

Ranking the ACC's Mascots

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 3 weeks ago

Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is the easy pick as the ACC’s best quarterback for 2016, but the conference also features a handful of intriguing names to watch this fall. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Florida State’s Deondre Francois, Syracuse’s Eric Dungey and North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky are likely breakout candidates, and Miami’s Brad Kaaya should thrive...

ACC's Top 15 Players on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Breakout players and the emergence of new faces are one of college football’s annual traditions. Players can go from a backup position into a starting role to earn all-conference honors or produce a big season. Incoming or redshirt freshmen can also make an impact in their first season on campus. Regardless of how players arrive on campus, it’s no secret a new wave of standouts will...

10 Best College Football Players Not Taken in the 2016 NFL Draft

By John Coon, 3 months 4 weeks ago
Talent does not always guarantee becoming an NFL Draft pick. Dozens of college football stars did not hear their name called during the 2016 NFL Draft. Many of these players have now signed with teams as undrafted free agents and will be competing with draft picks to make an opening-day NFL roster.   Who were the most notable omissions in the 2016 NFL Draft? Here's a look at the best...

Top 25 ACC 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Adam Kurkjian, 4 months 18 hours ago
As the 2016 NFL Draft comes to a close, even though it’s early, it’s time to look forward to 2017. Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   The ACC had 26 players drafted in 2016, good for fourth among all conferences, with Clemson leading the way with nine players selected. In the next cycle, look for the loaded Tigers to again carry the flag. The top...

Ranking the ACC's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 4 months 3 weeks ago
When looking over the ACC non-conference schedules, the first few weekends offer some interesting matchups, particularly games with SEC opponents like Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia. On a less regional scale, Virginia's trip to Oregon sticks out.   The best of the rest tend to feature games with Notre Dame, perhaps the most intriguing matchup being the one with Miami, which brings...