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College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 3 months 3 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 3 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...

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 days 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...

Can the Oklahoma Sooners Live Up to Lofty Preseason Expectations in 2016?

By Allen Kenney, 4 months 1 week ago
There’s a commonly held belief in college football circles that when expectations for Oklahoma zig, the Sooners zag.   Preseason No. 1? Book your tickets for the Insight Bowl.   Starting the season at No. 20? Go ahead and print the Big 12 championship shirts.   Take last season, for example. After opening at No. 19 in the preseason AP poll, the Sooners gradually...

Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 1 week ago
Another run at the College Football Playoff and a Big 12 title is certainly within reach for Oklahoma. The Sooners return 12 starters from last year’s 11-2 team, including Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield and talented running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. Replacing Sterling Shepard and rebuilding the line are the biggest concern on offense for coordinator Lincoln Riley. Scoring...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 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 Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The Big 12 is home to some of the nation’s top quarterbacks in 2016. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, Baylor’s Seth Russell and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph headline a top-heavy group of signal-callers in the conference, with West Virginia’s Skyler Howard and TCU’s Kenny Hill in the next tier. This group of quarterbacks could...

Ranking the Big 12 Coordinator Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Hiring a good staff of assistants and two coordinators capable of controlling their side of the ball in player development and scheme implementation is critical for any FBS head coach. While the head coach hire is the biggest and most important move for any program, good assistant coaches are often the unsung heroes in the overall success for every team.   With that in mind, Athlon Sports...

Top 25 Big 12 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 4 months 3 weeks ago
On the surface, the NFL Draft didn’t treat the Big 12 well this year. The conference produced 26 total picks, tying the ACC for last among the Power Five leagues.   On the other hand, on a per-team basis, the Big 12 averaged 2.6 picks per squad. That put the conference ahead of the ACC and on par with the Pac-12. As such, the talent drain supposedly plaguing the Big 12 may be a...

10 Best College Football Players Not Taken in the 2016 NFL Draft

By John Coon, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Talent does not always guarantee becoming an NFL Draft pick. Dozens of college football stars did not hear their name called during the 2016 NFL Draft. Many of these players have now signed with teams as undrafted free agents and will be competing with draft picks to make an opening-day NFL roster.   Who were the most notable omissions in the 2016 NFL Draft? Here's a look at the best...