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10 FCS vs. FBS Football Games to Avoid Watching in 2016

By Craig Haley, 1 month 1 week ago
No doubt you’ve circled plenty of Saturdays on your calendar for this fall. College football is coming and not soon enough to its millions of fans.   The excitement often starts with early-season matchups between FBS and FCS programs, when the big boys in Division I have to be on guard. Last year, nine FCS teams topped the much-larger FBS.   Related: 15 Best FBS vs. FCS...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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...

Ranking the Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Big 12 is home to some of the nation’s top quarterbacks in 2016. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, Baylor’s Seth Russell and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph headline a top-heavy group of signal-callers in the conference, with West Virginia’s Skyler Howard and TCU’s Kenny Hill in the next tier. This group of quarterbacks could...

15 Best FBS vs. FCS Football Games in 2016

By Craig Haley, 1 month 2 weeks ago
FCS teams upsetting FBS programs have come to be one of the leading storylines early in a college football season. Over the first few weekends, Cinderella fires up fans as if it’s March.   Three years ago, FCS teams took down FBS opponents 16 times – a single-season record. Last year, it was nine times, which is still a decent number.   In 2016, there are 113...

Ranking the Big 12 Coordinator Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Hiring a good staff of assistants and two coordinators capable of controlling their side of the ball in player development and scheme implementation is critical for any FBS head coach. While the head coach hire is the biggest and most important move for any program, good assistant coaches are often the unsung heroes in the overall success for every team.   With that in mind, Athlon Sports...

Top 25 Big 12 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 3 weeks ago
On the surface, the NFL Draft didn’t treat the Big 12 well this year. The conference produced 26 total picks, tying the ACC for last among the Power Five leagues.   On the other hand, on a per-team basis, the Big 12 averaged 2.6 picks per squad. That put the conference ahead of the ACC and on par with the Pac-12. As such, the talent drain supposedly plaguing the Big 12 may be a...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 2 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...

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The quality of non-conference schedules in the Big 12 has received significant attention in recent years. The philosophies vary dramatically throughout the conference: Some programs opt for high-profile, home-and-home series against notable teams around the country; others have reputations for scheduling pillowy-soft slates to ease into the conference run.   Related: Ranking...

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The Big 12 round robin doesn’t leave much room for differentiation between teams’ schedules. There’s no ducking squads from other divisions, and nine conference games only leaves three slots to fill that could boost a team’s strength of schedule.   With two notable exceptions, Big 12 teams are consistently lining up quality non-conference opponents. As such, in...

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

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 20 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...