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Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 22 hours 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...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Quarterbacks for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 1 week 2 days ago
Having a dual-threat quarterback who makes the defense respect his arm and legs is arguably a must for effective offenses in today’s college football. These quarterbacks have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play signal-caller seems to possess - speed...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Notre Dame's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Notre Dame plays a national schedule making travel an issue every year. But this year's slate is especially taxing. Two trips to Texas, dropping down to Dixie a couple of times, a jaunt to the Northeast, and a season-ending flight to Los Angeles is extremely daunting. The Irish also welcome Michigan State, fresh off their College Football Playoff appearance, back to the schedule....

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play back seems to...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 3 weeks 2 days 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, 3 weeks 3 days 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...

5 Players That Need to Emerge for Notre Dame in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 1 week ago
Anyone that paid attention to this year’s NFL Draft realizes that Notre Dame lost a bunch of talented players. Seven players were selected by teams while were another five were signed on as undrafted free agents.   That leaves a lot of holes for the coaching staff to fill before this coming fall. But such is the life of a top-level college football program. With those vacancies come...

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The Fighting Irish return only eight starters, but coach Brian Kelly’s team shouldn’t be dismissed as a playoff contender. Two talented quarterbacks – DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire – will battle for the starting job, and Tarean Folston returns at running back after missing nearly all of last season due to injury. Finding a No. 1 receiver to replace Will Fuller and...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week 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 ACC's Mascots

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago