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College Football's Top 20 Quarterback Debuts of 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Quarterback play is always under the spotlight for all 128 college football teams. Some programs – Clemson (Deshaun Watson) and Ohio State (J.T. Barrett) – entered 2016 with no uncertainty under center. However, there was no shortage of teams opening the year with question marks or the possibility of the quarterback battle extending into the season. Week 1 was the first opportunity...

Week 1 of the 2016 College Football Season Reminded Us of Only Three Certainties in Life: Death, Taxes & Crappy College Kickers

By Jim Weber, 3 weeks 2 days ago
After the first week of college football’s 2016 season, we are stuck asking the same question we ask at some point every fall:   Why are college kickers so bad?   We’ve grown so accustomed to college football’s otherwise insanely high level of play we aren’t even surprised anymore when someone like Todd Gurley takes the NFL by storm as a rookie.  ...

College Football Week 1 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
College football’s Week 1 slate for 2016 was billed as the best opening weekend in the history of the sport. Needless to say, the games didn’t disappoint. Florida State-Ole Miss, Texas-Notre Dame, North Carolina-Georgia and Auburn-Clemson were just a few of the standout games from the opening weekend of action.   With the first weekend of games in the books, it’s time to...

Furman Paladins vs. Michigan State Spartans Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 4 weeks 6 hours ago
Furman ventures north to open its season in East Lansing. It will be a rare night game in Spartan Stadium. The game will be an even rarer game on a Friday.   These two programs have never met in football. In fact, Michigan State has never faced any team from the state of South Carolina. The Spartans have never even played a member of the FCS' Southern Conference.   Furman...

Predicting Which Team Will Win Every Game Week 1 in College Football

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The first full weekend of the 2016 college football season starts on Thursday night with a handful of games and continues into Labor Day with a huge showdown between Florida State and Ole Miss in Orlando. Thursday night’s action is headlined by a SEC matchup between Vanderbilt and South Carolina, as well as non-conference affairs between Appalachian State-Tennessee and Oregon State-...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the 2016 Season

By J.P. Scott, 4 weeks 1 day ago
We're now only days away from the kickoff of the 2016 college football season. The polls have been released and most predictions have been made.   Well — most predictions.   Over the last couple of weeks, I brought you my Outrageous Predictions for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. You read them. You shared them. In some cases you had a laugh at their...

Twitter Accounts Every College Football Fan Should Follow (2016 Edition)

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The 2016 college football season starts on Thursday, Sept. 1 and concludes in early January with the national championship in Tampa, Fla. With kickoff right around the corner, it’s time to fill up your Twitter timelines with information on all of the teams, players, coaches and latest news.   To help you prepare for the 2016 season, Athlon Sports has compiled the best Twitter guide...

College Football's Top 50 Must-See Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 8 hours ago
The offseason is over and after several long and excruciating months, college football is back in our lives. Normally any kind of football in late August and early September should be celebrated but 2016 might just feature the most impressive opening weekend ever. Added to a schedule packed with great games from now until December and there should be no shortage of fun on the gridiron this year...

College Football's Top 80 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 8 hours 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...

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

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 1 day ago
The Big Ten is full of storylines to follow this season, and the schedule offers a good number of intriguing matchups in conference and non-conference play. The Jim Harbaugh Effect has Michigan playing in several matchups you should pay attention to this season, while Ohio State has a loaded slate on tap as well. And yes, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin have some noteworthy dates of their own...