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Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 1 week 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, 4 months 1 week 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, 4 months 1 week 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...

5 Critical Position Groups to Watch in the Big Ten West in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The balance of power in college football and the strength of divisions is always cyclical. The Big Ten West is on the wrong side of the cycle in 2016, as Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern enter the year with key question marks and projected to finish outside of the top 25 by most preseason prognosticators. Iowa is the heavy favorite in the Big Ten West this fall, but the Hawkeyes have a few...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks 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, 4 months 2 weeks 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...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. However, this position is also the most difficult one to judge, rank or evaluate. With the uncertainty and difficulty in evaluating this position, it should come as no surprise that a handful of names...

Examining the Over/Under 2016 Win Totals for the Big Ten's West Division

By Matt Josephs, 4 months 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten West is going to be a fun race although Iowa could be the team best built to win it, again. The Hawkeyes will have to fend off challenges from Nebraska and Wisconsin among others. The other intriguing race will be for last place between Illinois and Purdue, most likely.   Related: Examining the Over/Under 2016 Win Totals for the Big Ten's East Division   For...

College Football's All-Star Baseball Team

By Lance Dozier, 4 months 3 weeks ago
There are a lot of prospective student-athletes coming out of high school that are two-sport athletes. In fact, in the 2016 NFL Draft 88.5% of players selected were dual-sport athletes back in their Friday Night Light days. That statistic goes to show that only the best of the best make it professionaly - especially with only 1.6% of student-athletes playing on Sundays.   Out of...