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Ranking the Big 12 Coordinator Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days 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, 3 weeks 1 day 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 the Big 12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 4 weeks 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...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat: 2016 Spring Practice Edition

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 days ago
College football’s 2015-16 coaching carousel was one of the most active in recent memory. After 28 jobs changed hands, the 2016-17 version may not be as active at the end of the year. However, several big-time jobs could open, as Les Miles (LSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) enter the 2016 season squarely on the hot seat.   Spring...

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

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 5 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...

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...