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

By Lance Dozier, 3 months 3 weeks 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 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, 3 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...

5 Players That Need to Emerge for Notre Dame in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 4 months 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, 4 months 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, 4 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...

Ranking the ACC's Mascots

By J.P. Scott, 4 months 2 weeks ago

Top Notre Dame 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Jon Kinne, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Notre Dame was well represented at the 2016 NFL Draft. From Ronnie Stanley, taken sixth overall by the Baltimore Ravens, to Sheldon Day, selected in the fourth round by Jacksonville, seven Fighting Irish players heard their names called this past weekend.   Related: Ranking College Football Teams in the 2016 NFL Draft   While there are approximately 360 days and a full college...

5 Thoughts on the 2016 Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game

By Jon Kinne, 5 months 1 week ago
On a beautiful South Bend afternoon, the 87th Blue-Gold Game was held on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Though the the final score of 17-7 in the favor of the Blue was relatively meaningless, there were some performances that stuck out.   Related: Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2016 Spring Football Preview   Here are five thoughts on this year’s Notre Dame spring game.   1...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 5 months 2 weeks ago
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.   The 2016 college football season opens with one of the best single days in the sport's history, which sets a fitting tone for the fall to follow...