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Penn State Nittany Lions 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Kevin McGuire, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Change is in the air in Happy Valley as Penn State moves one more year into the James Franklin era. Could this be the year the program begins to take a step forward as it comes closer to escaping the shadow of an abbreviated sanction era? This could prove to be an important season for Franklin, and it comes with plenty of changes in the makeup of the team's identity.   Penn State...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterback Battles to Watch in Spring Practice

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Spring practice is the first look at all 128 college football teams for 2016, and every coaching staff has a long list of questions for their programs to answer during offseason workouts. While replacing key players in the trenches or rebuilding the secondary is critical to the success of any team, quarterback battles are always going to steal the offseason spotlight. This spring features...

Big Ten 2016 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 weeks ago
Ohio State and Michigan enter 2016 as the frontrunners to win the Big Ten title, but both teams enter spring practice with plenty of work to do. The Buckeyes return quarterback J.T. Barrett and a few rising stars on defense. However, only six starters are back for coach Urban Meyer. The skill players need to be restocked, and the defense has to reload in the trenches and in the secondary. The...

College Football's Pre-Spring 1-128 Team Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season officially begins on Aug. 27 with California taking on Hawaii in Australia. While kickoff for 2016 is a ways off, it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and a preview for the upcoming year. With spring practice underway, teams are starting to put the pieces in place for 2016 and answer some of the question marks surrounding the...

Big Ten's Pre-Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 days ago
The Big Ten enters 2016 with momentum on its side. Ohio State is just a year removed from a national championship, and even with several new faces on both sides of the ball, the Buckeyes will be a factor in the College Football Playoff picture next fall. Additionally, Michigan capped a solid first season under coach Jim Harbaugh with an outstanding recruiting class. Needless to say, the arrow on...

5 Players Who Could Impress During the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

By J.P. Scott, 7 months 1 week ago
It never fails. Every year, at least one player puts on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine that changes the way scouts look at him (in a good way) and subsequently boosts his draft stock. Sometimes this happens during an interview, but more often than not, it happens during one of the drills. Scouts will see something in a player they hadn't seen before, causing some franchises to rework...

College Football's Top 25 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Junior college prospects are some of the biggest wildcards in a recruiting class for college football teams. Not every program taps into the junior college ranks for options, but immediate help can be found at this level. While junior college recruits often help right away, some are more of a project and can take half (or more) of a season to develop. Additionally, junior college recruits are...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
The 2015-16 college football coaching carousel was one of the busiest in recent memory. There were plenty of surprises along the way, including Steve Spurrier’s sudden retirement in October, the bizarre separation between USC and Steve Sarkisian, Todd Monken’s late departure to the NFL, Lovie Smith's late hire at Illinois and Bronco Mendenhall’s decision to leave BYU for...

Way Too Early Ranking of the Most Intriguing Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2016

By J.P. Scott, 7 months 2 weeks ago
With National Signing Day behind us and spring practice on the horizon, it's not too early to take a look at what lies ahead for the Big Ten in terms of intriguing non-conference matchups. Related: Big Ten 2016 Team Recruiting Rankings The addition of a ninth conference game puts added pressure on everyone during the early portion of the season. That's the time of the...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
The countdown to the 2016 college football season is already underway, and even with the season nearly 200 days away, it’s never too early to take a look at the returning talent and project some of the players due for a breakout season. Recruiting establishes the foundation for any program, but finding and developing quarterbacks is a challenging and essential task for any coach....