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Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 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...

Louisville Cardinals 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 1 week ago
The ACC already features two of the nation’s best teams in Florida State and Clemson, but the Atlantic Division will get a little deeper with Louisville’s emergence in 2016. The Cardinals finished 2015 by winning six out of their last seven games and return 16 starters, including dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson. The sophomore is surrounded by a solid supporting cast but needs...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 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...

Ranking the ACC's Mascots

By J.P. Scott, 5 months 1 week ago

Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is the easy pick as the ACC’s best quarterback for 2016, but the conference also features a handful of intriguing names to watch this fall. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Florida State’s Deondre Francois, Syracuse’s Eric Dungey and North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky are likely breakout candidates, and Miami’s Brad Kaaya should thrive...

ACC's Top 15 Players on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Breakout players and the emergence of new faces are one of college football’s annual traditions. Players can go from a backup position into a starting role to earn all-conference honors or produce a big season. Incoming or redshirt freshmen can also make an impact in their first season on campus. Regardless of how players arrive on campus, it’s no secret a new wave of standouts will...

Top 25 ACC 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Adam Kurkjian, 5 months 3 weeks ago
As the 2016 NFL Draft comes to a close, even though it’s early, it’s time to look forward to 2017. Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   The ACC had 26 players drafted in 2016, good for fourth among all conferences, with Clemson leading the way with nine players selected. In the next cycle, look for the loaded Tigers to again carry the flag. The top...

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

By Adam Kurkjian, 6 months 2 weeks ago
When looking over the ACC non-conference schedules, the first few weekends offer some interesting matchups, particularly games with SEC opponents like Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia. On a less regional scale, Virginia's trip to Oregon sticks out.   The best of the rest tend to feature games with Notre Dame, perhaps the most intriguing matchup being the one with Miami, which brings...

Power Five Conference Teams Under-Performing on the 2017 Recruiting Trail

By Ryan Wright, 6 months 2 weeks ago
The ink is barely dry on the 2016 recruiting class but college football is a year-round affair for coaches, their staff, and the next group of seniors ready to fill empty spots on various rosters nationwide. Some teams have embraced the recruiting process, seeing fantastic early returns on efforts while others, for whatever the reason, have not been able to kick start the process ,falling way...

ACC Football 2016 Returning Starters Analysis

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on the numbers, the data is an interesting early look at how teams are shaping up for the upcoming season.   The ACC had a busy 2015 season, as...