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Big 12 All-Freshman Team for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
The Big 12 had several key players depart after the 2015 season but several new faces emerged as the league’s future stars as freshmen in 2016. Texas quarterback Shane Buechele averaged 246.5 passing yards per game and tossed 21 touchdowns as a true freshman for former coach Charlie Strong. Buechele will be a building block for new coach Tom Herman to build around in 2017. Oklahoma State...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
The 2016 college football season had a little bit of everything, to the point where you could fill your bingo card twice over. The greatest opening weekend ever? Definitely. Historic upsets from coast-to-coast? Without a doubt. Shootouts? Check. Seismic shifts as the result of game-changing plays? Double check.   Oh, and overtimes? Yes, there were plenty of those.   It was a...

15 Best Big 12 College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
The Big 12 was left out of the College Football Playoff for the second time this season but it was still a year filled with some incredible games around the conference and some even wilder finishes across the board. The league’s high-flying reputation lived up to the early billing with numerous defensive lapses giving way to some big plays down the field and even more incredible numbers...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
With the completion of college football’s 2016 regular season, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers for the All-America team. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there was no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. The SEC led the way with 25 overall selections, with the Pac-12 and ACC tying...

Big 12 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Thanks to a dynamic offense and the play of quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma took home the Big 12 title for the second consecutive season. The Sooners finished unbeaten in conference action for the first time since 2004 and could finish inside of the top five of the Associated Press poll with a win over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma State finished second...

Ranking the Watchability of the Big 12’s Bowl Games in 2016

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 1 week ago
The Big 12 as a whole took a tiny step forward during the 2015 bowl season by notching a 3-4 record, one win better than the conference’s ‘14 mark.   The quality of play in the league tumbled this year, evidenced by the fact that only six teams even qualified for a postseason trip. As a sign that things might get even worse for the Big 12 this postseason, the...

Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 and continues until the national championship in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 9. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 17, four writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games dot the first Saturday of action and eight other matchups are...

Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Team Awards

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 1 week ago
For all intents and purposes, Oklahoma’s dreams of another College Football Playoff bid died before the Sooners even made it out of September. Losses to Houston and Ohio State in non-conference play left the team essentially playing for a Big 12 championship and nothing more.   Nine straight wins later, the Sooners had captured Bob Stoops’ 10th conference title in 18 seasons...

10 Amazing Heisman Trophy Stats You Need to Know in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Without question, the Heisman Trophy race has tightened up as the college football season has come to a close.   At one point, it appeared as though Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson would run away with the award. However, due to some late Cardinals losses and a few electric performances from several other players, there is a little drama going into Saturday night's presentation at...

20 Players on the Rise Entering College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Breakout players or the emergence of new stars is an annual tradition for all 128 college football teams. However, with the focus shifting to the bowl season, it’s never too early to think about players that could use the postseason as a springboard to an even bigger 2017 campaign. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, Kentucky running back Benny Snell, Stanford quarterback Keller...