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ACC's Top 15 Players on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Breakout players and the emergence of new faces are one of college football’s annual traditions. Players can go from a backup position into a starting role to earn all-conference honors or produce a big season. Incoming or redshirt freshmen can also make an impact in their first season on campus. Regardless of how players arrive on campus, it’s no secret a new wave of standouts will...

Top 25 ACC 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Adam Kurkjian, 2 months 3 weeks ago
As the 2016 NFL Draft comes to a close, even though it’s early, it’s time to look forward to 2017. Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   The ACC had 26 players drafted in 2016, good for fourth among all conferences, with Clemson leading the way with nine players selected. In the next cycle, look for the loaded Tigers to again carry the flag. The top...

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

By Adam Kurkjian, 3 months 3 weeks ago
When looking over the ACC non-conference schedules, the first few weekends offer some interesting matchups, particularly games with SEC opponents like Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia. On a less regional scale, Virginia's trip to Oregon sticks out.   The best of the rest tend to feature games with Notre Dame, perhaps the most intriguing matchup being the one with Miami, which brings...

ACC Football 2016 Returning Starters Analysis

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on the numbers, the data is an interesting early look at how teams are shaping up for the upcoming season.   The ACC had a busy 2015 season, as...

Ranking the ACC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 3 months 4 weeks ago
When taking a peek at the ACC schedules for the coming season, one has to take into account just how loaded teams like Clemson and Florida State are.   Therefore, the teams in the Atlantic division are naturally going to have a bit of a tougher slate by virtue of having to play both top-10-caliber squads.   Related: ACC 2016 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings  ...

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Linemen on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 day ago
Offensive linemen are the most underrated players in college football. The players in the trenches never get enough credit for their performance, but the five blockers up front set the stage for the skill players to have success. Recruiting and developing offensive linemen is never easy. However, there’s always a new wave of stars ready to emerge in the trenches. With the 2016 season...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat: 2016 Spring Practice Edition

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
College football’s 2015-16 coaching carousel was one of the most active in recent memory. After 28 jobs changed hands, the 2016-17 version may not be as active at the end of the year. However, several big-time jobs could open, as Les Miles (LSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) enter the 2016 season squarely on the hot seat.   Spring...

College Football's Top 30 Running Backs on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
Running back is one of the easiest positions to find a new standout each year, and there always seems to be a wave of stars ready to emerge in offseason workouts. Last season, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey finished second in the Heisman voting in his first year as the starter, while Alabama’s Derrick Henry went from sharing time with T.J. Yeldon to finishing as the nation’s...

Pittsburgh Panthers 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Jon Kinne, 4 months 2 weeks ago
It was an adventurous first season for Pat Narduzzi at Pittsburgh. The year started with an injury to his best player, who was later diagnosed with cancer. There was a tough loss at Iowa, the result of a 57-yard field goal converted by the Hawkeyes at the final gun. There was ACC Coastal contention that was ended with a Thursday night loss to North Carolina at the end of October. All in all...

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

By Steven Lassan, 4 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...