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ACC Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The ACC is two-for-two in the College Football Playoff era. Clemson followed up Florida State’s playoff trip in 2014 with a run to the national title last season, as the Tigers defeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and fell just short against Alabama in the championship game. Clemson is loaded for another run at the title in 2016, but Dabo Swinney’s team will have company at the top...

Ranking the Toughest Games on North Carolina's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Before North Carolina played Clemson in the 2015 ACC Championship Game, there was debate about the Tar Heels’ viability as a College Football Playoff contender. After losing the first game of the season, UNC rattled off 11 straight wins and some believed that a 12-1 record and an ACC title with a win over the nation’s top-ranked team should have been enough to propel the Heels into...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Having a wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field and take the top off the defense is a must for passing attacks. These receivers have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into paydirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play receiver seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great hands. This...

Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season is less than 100 days away, but the countdown to kickoff is officially underway. Athlon Sports’ 2016 College Football Preview annuals are already on newsstands across the county and available for order in the online store, hosted by Amazon. Each year, Athlon Sports produces regional preview magazines for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, as well as...

10 FCS vs. FBS Football Games to Avoid Watching in 2016

By Craig Haley, 3 months 1 week ago
No doubt you’ve circled plenty of Saturdays on your calendar for this fall. College football is coming and not soon enough to its millions of fans.   The excitement often starts with early-season matchups between FBS and FCS programs, when the big boys in Division I have to be on guard. Last year, nine FCS teams topped the much-larger FBS.   Related: 15 Best FBS vs. FCS...

Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.   This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by...

5 Reasons Why North Carolina Will Repeat as ACC Coastal Division Champions in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Larry Fedora seems to be really building something special in Chapel Hill. In a world devoted to the ball that bounces from November to April, the Tar Heels football coach generated considerable interest in his team by winning the Coastal Division title and playing Clemson to the wire in the ACC Championship Game.   With that success comes lofty expectations... and rightfully so....

North Carolina Tar Heels 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The Tar Heels are coming off a breakthrough year in Larry Fedora’s fourth season in Chapel Hill. North Carolina won 11 games, claimed the Coastal Division title and finished No. 15 in the final Associated Press poll. Both sides of the ball suffered some key losses, but the Tar Heels are reloaded and open 2016 as the favorite to win the Coastal Division once again. Quarterback Mitch...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks 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...

15 Best FBS vs. FCS Football Games in 2016

By Craig Haley, 3 months 2 weeks ago
FCS teams upsetting FBS programs have come to be one of the leading storylines early in a college football season. Over the first few weekends, Cinderella fires up fans as if it’s March.   Three years ago, FCS teams took down FBS opponents 16 times – a single-season record. Last year, it was nine times, which is still a decent number.   In 2016, there are 113...