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15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days 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 Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The quarterback position in the Big Ten is filled with uncertainty in 2016. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Iowa’s C.J. Beathard are easily the league’s top options, but the question marks begin at No. 3. Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong takes the third spot in Athlon's early rankings for 2016, with Illinois’ Wes Lunt checking in at No. 4. Armstrong and Lunt have the...

Top 25 Big Ten 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Another NFL Draft has copme and gone, and the 2016 edition was a big year for the Big Ten, specifically the Ohio State Buckeyes. Looking forward in time, however, and it looks as if next year could be big for Ohio State's archrival, the Michigan Wolverines.   Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   Power Five Conference 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch...

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

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten looks to make some noise this season with some high-profile, non-conference matchups against the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. Will the conference hold its head above water or will it crumble under pressure and lead many around the nation to declare the Big Ten dead before mid-September?   Related: Ranking the Big Ten’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016...

Michigan Wolverines 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Mike Bainbridge, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Michigan Wolverines enter 2016 with as much hype and expectations as any team in the country after posting a 10-3 record last season, including a blowout victory of Florida in the Citrus Bowl.   Related: Michigan Wolverines 2016 Spring Football Preview   The schedule sets up very nicely for the Wolverines with five straight homes games to start the year, and eight...

Big Ten Football 2016 Returning Starters Analysis

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 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 Big Ten features one of the nation...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season is shaping up to be a wild ride in the Big Ten with matchups in September against the SEC, Pac-12, ACC and Big 12 (and Notre Dame) highlighting the non-conference slate. Big Ten play will also open with a number of games that could set the tone for the division and conference championship hunt.   Ohio State and Michigan State may have some holes to plug,...

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Linemen on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
Offensive linemen are the most underrated players in college football. The players in the trenches never get enough credit for their performance, but the five blockers up front set the stage for the skill players to have success. Recruiting and developing offensive linemen is never easy. However, there’s always a new wave of stars ready to emerge in the trenches. With the 2016 season...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat: 2016 Spring Practice Edition

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
College football’s 2015-16 coaching carousel was one of the most active in recent memory. After 28 jobs changed hands, the 2016-17 version may not be as active at the end of the year. However, several big-time jobs could open, as Les Miles (LSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) enter the 2016 season squarely on the hot seat.   Spring...

College Football's Top 30 Running Backs on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Running back is one of the easiest positions to find a new standout each year, and there always seems to be a wave of stars ready to emerge in offseason workouts. Last season, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey finished second in the Heisman voting in his first year as the starter, while Alabama’s Derrick Henry went from sharing time with T.J. Yeldon to finishing as the nation’s...