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The ACC's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 3 days 21 hours ago
Not much has changed since last season in the overall ACC hierarchy. Once again, the two teams with the best chance to make a College Football Playoff run are the titans of the Atlantic Division, Clemson and Florida State. Both return loads of NFL talent on both sides of the ball, and many are predicting both squads to be in the Playoff, which would be the first time in the three years of the...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 20 hours 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...

Heisman Watch: 12 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 21 hours ago
Unlike many of the past few seasons, last year’s Heisman Trophy ceremony felt a little different because there was actually a bit of drama over who would win the award for college football’s most outstanding player. While the debate over whether Alabama’s Derrick Henry should have won the award over other finalists like Stanford tailback Christian McCaffrey or Clemson...

Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
Having two running backs is almost essential for every college football team. While some teams have workhorse options that can handle 275 or 300 carries, most programs want to have at least two (and sometimes three) running backs to split up the workload. The thought process is pretty simple: Take the workload off one player and spread it around to keep everyone fresh. This concept seems to gain...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days 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...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 2 days ago
If you listen to the pundits and so-called "experts", the Atlantic Coast Conference is pretty much a two-team race in 2016. The winner of that race — either Florida State or Clemson — will likely punch a ticket to the College Football Playoff. The rest of the teams in the conference need only show up and serve as hurdles for the two "big boys" of the conference...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days 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...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.    Which...

Predicting the ACC's Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 weeks 19 hours ago
Preseason poll season is in full swing, and there is some semblance of order to where most people expect programs to end up by the end of the 2016 college football campaign.   But as happens every year, the favorites get knocked off at one point or another and throw everything into chaos. As much as one expects the chalk to hold, it will happen again this fall. Where and when and to which...

College Football's Top 40 Offensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 20 hours ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...