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Coaches Talk Anonymously About Notre Dame for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 18 hours ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used throughout the offseason or regular season.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 2 days 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...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days 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...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 1 week 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...

Why Notre Dame Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Notre Dame was very close to making the College Football Playoff in 2015. Three more points in both the Clemson and Stanford games would have put the Fighting Irish at 12-0 and squarely in the final four.   But victory eluded Notre Dame in both of those contests and in reality the Irish were not worthy of an invite to the Playoff. The loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl was further...

College Football's All-Star Baseball Team

By Lance Dozier, 1 month 2 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...

Notre Dame’s 10 Best College Football Rivalries

By Aaron Tallent, 1 month 2 weeks ago
From the late 1970s to 2014, the Notre Dame/Michigan game seemed to be the premier event early in the college football season. Like all great rivalries, it had its ups and downs, but the excitement was always there. Both Michigan and Notre Dame seem to recognize this fact since they have agreed to renew that matchup in 2018. Michigan even paid Arkansas $2 million to free up its schedule to do...

Expert Poll: Ranking College Football's Best Coaching Staffs in 2016

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Personalities and college football experts on SiriusXM College Sports Nation ranked the nation’s top 16 quarterbacks, running backs, coaching staffs, defenses, head coaches, mascots, stadiums, uniforms and fan bases and you can hear in-depth analysis on College Sports Nation, Ch. 84.   Among those taking part are former Alabama national championship quarterback Greg McElroy, former...