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The Case for Nashville Hosting the SEC Championship Game

By John La Fleur, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Since 1994, the Southeastern Conference's football championship game has been played inside the Georgia Dome. However, Atlanta has not always served as the site. The first two championship games occurred in Birmingham in 1992 and '93. Despite the success of the SEC's title game, another city, Nashville, deserves to host this annual event.   Both Atlanta and Nashville have an...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play back seems to...

SEC Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
After a two-year drought, the SEC is back on top. Sort of. The SEC really never left its spot as college football’s No. 1 league, but Florida State (2013) and Ohio State (2014) gained control of the national title and prevented the SEC from extending its dominance after winning seven straight titles from 2006-12.   Alabama has won four out of the last seven national titles and is...

Ranking the Toughest Games on LSU’s College Football Schedule in 2016

By Ryan Wright, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Year 11 with the Tigers was almost a curtain call for LSU head coach Les Miles in Baton Rouge. The “Mad Hatter” bumped up his win total in 2014 from eight to nine last season but committed the deadly sin of losing to Alabama — again — a defeat that started a three-game tumble igniting the flames on Miles’ proverbial hot seat.   If history should repeat itself...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Having a wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field and take the top off the defense is a must for passing attacks. These receivers have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into paydirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play receiver seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great hands. This...

Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season is less than 100 days away, but the countdown to kickoff is officially underway. Athlon Sports’ 2016 College Football Preview annuals are already on newsstands across the county and available for order in the online store, hosted by Amazon. Each year, Athlon Sports produces regional preview magazines for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, as well as...

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

By Craig Haley, 3 months 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...

LSU Tigers 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
LSU’s 2015 season ended in bizarre fashion, as there was plenty of doubt on coach Les Miles’ future entering the regular season finale against Texas A&M. However, after beating the Aggies, Miles was retained for 2016 and returns a roster capable of contending for a spot in the College Football Playoff. For LSU to win the SEC and claim a playoff spot, the passing game has to...

Ranking the SEC's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 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...