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College Football's Top 80 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
With players like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and LSU’s Leonard Fournette returning, it’s a crowded year at the top of the player rankings. Watson is Athlon’s No. 1 player for 2016, but the gap between the next set of players is pretty small. While Fournette checks in at No. 2, a strong case could be...

Ranking All 128 College Football Starting Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. Finding and developing a reliable starter isn’t easy for some programs, but for other schools, the next quarterback steps in and the offense doesn’t miss a beat.   With the 2016 season just beginning, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams...

Outrageous Ideas for College Football Conference Realignment

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 5 days ago
College football conference realignment and expansion is all the rage. It's the Hansel from Zoolander of sports. The Big 12 is currently driving the conversation, but truth be told, any article or conversation about expanding or realigning pretty much any conference goes viral. Why?   Because we can't get enough of it.   We, the modern college football fan, were raised on a...

Ranking the Big 12's Top 35 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
Oklahoma is the heavy favorite to repeat as Big 12 champions in 2016, so it should be no surprise the Sooners dominate in Athlon’s projected top 35 players in the conference. Quarterback Baker Mayfield edges Texas Tech signal-caller Patrick Mahomes for the top spot within the Big 12, with Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine at No. 3 and standout defenders Jordan Thomas (No. 8) and Charles...

The Big 12’s Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 6 days ago
While one can argue as to the Big 12’s place in the pantheon of the Power Five, there’s little doubt that the league is among the deepest on the field from top to bottom in the country. The end result is a season full of fascinating games that are often quite entertaining ones given the wide-open offenses and skill position talent in the conference.   Related: Predicting the...

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.   Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions for the...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big 12 in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 1 week ago
It's been quite the offseason — for better or worse — for the Big 12 in 2016. A terrible story in Baylor and possible (actually probable) conference expansion have dominated the headlines. As a result, the football that has yet to be played in the conference has been largely overlooked. The Big 12, from a pure football standpoint, has become somewhat of a forgotten conference...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation, college football quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce. Good quarterback play or improvement at the position could be the difference between winning a national title or finishing outside of the playoff mix.   Related: Ranking All 128 College Football...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. LSU, Alabama and Florida consistently bring in and develop defensive...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...