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

By Craig Haley, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 months 2 weeks 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...

15 Best FBS vs. FCS Football Games in 2016

By Craig Haley, 4 months 2 weeks ago
FCS teams upsetting FBS programs have come to be one of the leading storylines early in a college football season. Over the first few weekends, Cinderella fires up fans as if it’s March.   Three years ago, FCS teams took down FBS opponents 16 times – a single-season record. Last year, it was nine times, which is still a decent number.   In 2016, there are 113...

Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Spring practice has finished for all 14 SEC teams, but the question marks at quarterback for most of the league will continue into the fall. Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly and Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs are easily the top returning quarterbacks in the league, with LSU’s Brandon Harris, Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight and Georgia’s Jacob Eason in the next group. Cooper Bateman...

The SEC's Top 15 Assistant Coach Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Another offseason, another busy year in the SEC’s assistant coach carousel. There’s usually no shortage of movement within the league or changes on staffs each offseason, and 2016 brought several moves to the contenders or teams looking to take a step forward in the standings. LSU’s hire of Dave Aranda as the program’s new defensive coordinator is one of the best by any...

Top 25 SEC 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Cody McClure, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Now that the 2016 NFL Draft has concluded, we might as well move on to 2017, right? After all, it's never too early to look at where the SEC's best players will further their careers.   Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   This year, the SEC had 51 players drafted. For the 10th year in a row, the SEC led the way among its Power Five brethren (Big Ten,...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 5 months 2 weeks ago
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.   The 2016 college football season opens with one of the best single days in the sport's history, which sets a fitting tone for the fall to follow...

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

By Cody McClure, 5 months 3 weeks ago
The SEC sometimes gets criticized for its non-conference scheduling. It certainly doesn't help when the SEC's powerhouses schedule cupcakes in November. But over the past few seasons, the SEC has done a better job of scheduling major opponents outside the conference.   Related: Ranking the SEC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016   Coming into the 2016...