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Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 2 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...

James Franklin Has No More Excuses for Penn State in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 4 weeks ago
It took a couple of years, but James Franklin is finally in position to leave his stamp on the Penn State football program. A strong contingent of Nittany Lions fans are unwilling to accept the idea Penn State has been in a rebuild mode since Franklin’s hiring following the departure of Bill O’Brien to the NFL, but there is no better way to describe the state of the program than by...

Penn State Nittany Lions 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Penn State hasn't quite reached expectations in James Franklin's two seasons, but this team still has a lot of talent and the overall depth has improved. However, playing in one of the hardest divisions that college football has to offer is no small task. The Nittany Lions are looking for a spark on offense, with Franklin turning to former Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead as the program...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 6 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 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 Ten's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The quarterback position in the Big Ten is filled with uncertainty in 2016. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Iowa’s C.J. Beathard are easily the league’s top options, but the question marks begin at No. 3. Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong takes the third spot in Athlon's early rankings for 2016, with Illinois’ Wes Lunt checking in at No. 4. Armstrong and Lunt have the...

Top 25 Big Ten 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Another NFL Draft has copme and gone, and the 2016 edition was a big year for the Big Ten, specifically the Ohio State Buckeyes. Looking forward in time, however, and it looks as if next year could be big for Ohio State's archrival, the Michigan Wolverines.   Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   Power Five Conference 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch...

Penn State Nittany Lions 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Much of the offseason discussion about James Franklin seems to suggest the 2017 season will be an important one for him as he enters his third season as Penn State’s head coach. After two straight seven-win seasons since taking over the program while also working to rebuild the depth across the board with a renewed recruiting strategy, fans are itching to see Penn State take a noticeable...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 4 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten looks to make some noise this season with some high-profile, non-conference matchups against the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. Will the conference hold its head above water or will it crumble under pressure and lead many around the nation to declare the Big Ten dead before mid-September?   Related: Ranking the Big Ten’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016...