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College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Top 25 College Football Head Coaches on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Whether it’s a player, team or coach, the next big thing is always on the minds of fans for all 128 college football programs. Regardless of the job or program, coaches are always under the microscope and under to pressure to win – and win immediately. With the heavy scrutiny and pressure to win right away, it’s no surprise college football’s coaching carousel never stops...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches in the Big Ten to...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 3 months 2 days ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college football season the fruit of that labor.   Opening week is loaded with blockbuster games and the state of Texas alone may play host to the biggest...

Heisman Watch: The Big Ten’s Top Heisman Candidates for 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 3 days ago
The Big Ten has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith posed with the stiff-armed trophy in 2006. It is the longest Heisman drought for the Big Ten since Archie Griffin’s second Heisman Trophy in 1975 and Michigan’s Desmond Howard in ‘91. Could it be a Buckeye that snaps the Heisman-less streak this season?   In what is already heralded...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 days ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor...

Why Michigan State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 1 week ago
Michigan State enters the 2016 season in a place it hasn’t been very often in recent years – under the radar. The continuous mass exodus of talent in East Lansing – culminating in Connor Cook’s graduation – seems to have finally dropped the Spartans down a few notches in the eyes of experts and fans around the country.   Related: Michigan State Spartans 2016...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 50 names, we tried to stick...

Ranking the Big 12 Expansion Candidates

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The Big 12 could be expanding by two or four teams in the near future, as the conference’s board of directors on Tuesday authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate and gather information on programs interested in joining the league. The timeline for expansion is expected to move fast, as the new programs could join the Big 12 in time for the 2017 season. While expansion isn’t...

Top 10 Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten moves to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, meaning fewer non-conference battles to evaluate from the 14-team conference. Even though the number of non-conference tilts has been reduced, there are still some good quality matchups to put some of the Big Ten’s programs to the test.   Related: Big Ten Football 2016 Predictions   If the College Football Playoff...