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Ranking the ACC's Top 40 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 21 hours ago
Florida State and Clemson are projected to be two of the nation’s best teams this fall, so it should be no surprise these two programs return some of the ACC’s top individual talents. Quarterback Deshaun Watson leads the way in Athlon’s top 40 players returning in the ACC for 2016, followed by Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at No. 2. The first defensive player on the...

North Carolina Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

By Jon Kinne, 6 days 21 hours ago
Last year (2015-16) was a pretty good one from a sports perspective for the North Carolina Tar Heels. There were lacrosse national titles for both the men and the women. The basketball team came oh so close to claiming another title before falling to Villanova in heartbreaking fashion in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. And the football team lost a close ACC Championship Game to...

The ACC's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 week 22 hours ago
Not much has changed since last season in the overall ACC hierarchy. Once again, the two teams with the best chance to make a College Football Playoff run are the titans of the Atlantic Division, Clemson and Florida State. Both return loads of NFL talent on both sides of the ball, and many are predicting both squads to be in the Playoff, which would be the first time in the three years of the...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation, college football quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce. Good quarterback play or improvement at the position could be the difference between winning a national title or finishing outside of the playoff mix.   Related: Ranking All 128 College Football...

Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
Having two running backs is almost essential for every college football team. While some teams have workhorse options that can handle 275 or 300 carries, most programs want to have at least two (and sometimes three) running backs to split up the workload. The thought process is pretty simple: Take the workload off one player and spread it around to keep everyone fresh. This concept seems to gain...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. LSU, Alabama and Florida consistently bring in and develop defensive...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 6 days ago
If you listen to the pundits and so-called "experts", the Atlantic Coast Conference is pretty much a two-team race in 2016. The winner of that race — either Florida State or Clemson — will likely punch a ticket to the College Football Playoff. The rest of the teams in the conference need only show up and serve as hurdles for the two "big boys" of the conference...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 21 hours ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.    Which...

The First Weekend in September Will Shape the 2016 College Football Season

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The beginning of the college football season is always a cause for celebration. Football is America's favorite game, and we can't help but to be giddy when we turn on our televisions and see the sports being played live — especially after a seven-month layoff.   Related: Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016   As excited as we are, the reality of...