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

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 5 days 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, 5 months 6 days 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...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterback Battles to Watch in Spring Practice

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
Spring practice is the first look at all 128 college football teams for 2016, and every coaching staff has a long list of questions for their programs to answer during offseason workouts. While replacing key players in the trenches or rebuilding the secondary is critical to the success of any team, quarterback battles are always going to steal the offseason spotlight. This spring features...

Big Ten 2016 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Ohio State and Michigan enter 2016 as the frontrunners to win the Big Ten title, but both teams enter spring practice with plenty of work to do. The Buckeyes return quarterback J.T. Barrett and a few rising stars on defense. However, only six starters are back for coach Urban Meyer. The skill players need to be restocked, and the defense has to reload in the trenches and in the secondary. The...

College Football's Pre-Spring 1-128 Team Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season officially begins on Aug. 27 with California taking on Hawaii in Australia. While kickoff for 2016 is a ways off, it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and a preview for the upcoming year. With spring practice underway, teams are starting to put the pieces in place for 2016 and answer some of the question marks surrounding the...

Minnesota Golden Gophers 2016 Spring Football Preview

By J.P. Scott, 5 months 3 weeks ago
The Tracy Claeys era in Minnesota is about to officially begin. His predecessor, Jerry Kill, succeeded in turning Gopher football into a viable and competitive program. Coming off of a disappointing 2015 season, there is some work to be done on Claeys' part to get the Gophers back to where we though they were headed last fall. There are some key pieces in place, which along with a bowl...

Big Ten's Pre-Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten enters 2016 with momentum on its side. Ohio State is just a year removed from a national championship, and even with several new faces on both sides of the ball, the Buckeyes will be a factor in the College Football Playoff picture next fall. Additionally, Michigan capped a solid first season under coach Jim Harbaugh with an outstanding recruiting class. Needless to say, the arrow on...

College Football's Top 25 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 1 week ago
Junior college prospects are some of the biggest wildcards in a recruiting class for college football teams. Not every program taps into the junior college ranks for options, but immediate help can be found at this level. While junior college recruits often help right away, some are more of a project and can take half (or more) of a season to develop. Additionally, junior college recruits are...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 1 week ago
The 2015-16 college football coaching carousel was one of the busiest in recent memory. There were plenty of surprises along the way, including Steve Spurrier’s sudden retirement in October, the bizarre separation between USC and Steve Sarkisian, Todd Monken’s late departure to the NFL, Lovie Smith's late hire at Illinois and Bronco Mendenhall’s decision to leave BYU for...

Way Too Early Ranking of the Most Intriguing Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2016

By J.P. Scott, 6 months 1 week ago
With National Signing Day behind us and spring practice on the horizon, it's not too early to take a look at what lies ahead for the Big Ten in terms of intriguing non-conference matchups. Related: Big Ten 2016 Team Recruiting Rankings The addition of a ninth conference game puts added pressure on everyone during the early portion of the season. That's the time of the...