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SEC Football 2016 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The SEC – college football’s best conference – is never short on talent and features some of the nation’s best players once again in 2016. The balance of power in the SEC is tilted to the West this fall, with 63 of the 108 selections on Athlon’s projected all-conference team coming from this division. Alabama leads the way with 14 overall selections, followed by LSU...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Florida's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Antwan Staley, 2 months 1 week ago
Coming into Jim McElwain’s first season in Gainesville, not much was expected of the Florida Gators, especially after finishing a disappointing 7-5 record in 2014. But not only did McElwain and the Gators exceed expectations with 10 wins last season, they also played in their first SEC Championship Game since 2009.   Florida slumped in the second half of the season after starting 7-...

The Case for Nashville Hosting the SEC Championship Game

By John La Fleur, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Since 1994, the Southeastern Conference's football championship game has been played inside the Georgia Dome. However, Atlanta has not always served as the site. The first two championship games occurred in Birmingham in 1992 and '93. Despite the success of the SEC's title game, another city, Nashville, deserves to host this annual event.   Both Atlanta and Nashville have an...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play back seems to...

SEC Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
After a two-year drought, the SEC is back on top. Sort of. The SEC really never left its spot as college football’s No. 1 league, but Florida State (2013) and Ohio State (2014) gained control of the national title and prevented the SEC from extending its dominance after winning seven straight titles from 2006-12.   Alabama has won four out of the last seven national titles and is...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Having a wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field and take the top off the defense is a must for passing attacks. These receivers have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into paydirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play receiver seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great hands. This...

Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks 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...

Ranking the SEC's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week 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...

Florida Gators 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
Florida was one of college football’s biggest surprises last season. The Gators finished 10-4 and claimed the SEC East title under first-year coach Jim McElwain. While McElwain’s first season was a success, there’s plenty of work ahead for this team in 2016. The offense struggled after the suspension of quarterback Will Grier in the second half of last year. Transfer Luke Del...

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...