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The American Athletic Conference's Most Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 12 names, we tried to...

College Football's All-Star Baseball Team

By Lance Dozier, 2 weeks 6 hours ago
There are a lot of prospective student-athletes coming out of high school that are two-sport athletes. In fact, in the 2016 NFL Draft 88.5% of players selected were dual-sport athletes back in their Friday Night Light days. That statistic goes to show that only the best of the best make it professionaly - especially with only 1.6% of student-athletes playing on Sundays.   Out of...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to project how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by December. The top four teams for year three of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from 2015. Clemson and Alabama are among the favorites to win it all in 2016, with Florida State, Ohio State...

Group of Five Wild Card Players in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 3 weeks 5 hours ago
All college football teams have one player who, if he steps up and plays to or above his potential, could be the catalyst for a magical season. The teams in the Group of Five conferences (American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) are no different, as many of them have key players who could be the difference between another season of flying under the radar nationally...

College Football's Top 15 QB Matchups for Friday Games in 2016

By Lance Dozier, 3 weeks 4 days ago
As we all know, a majority of college football games are played on Saturday. But there are quite a few games this year that fall on Friday - 56 to be exact. That is the most ever, and hey, maybe that’s not a bad thing. A matchup on Friday (or a midweek game) provides Group of 5 teams more publicity. But these matchups also take away from high school games and...

College Football's Top 100 Impact Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Transfers are a huge part of any college football season. Whether it’s a graduate transfer eligible right away or a player that sat out the previous year due to NCAA rules, impact players are available in the transfer ranks every year. A transfer could be a one-year stopgap solution or help a team fill a void for a couple of seasons after a few misses on the recruiting trail....

Ranking College Football's Top 30 Impact Quarterback Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. This position is the toughest to evaluate, develop and project for upcoming seasons. Finding a new starter or replacing a departing senior comes easy for some teams. While all teams would prefer to develop a quarterback pipeline through the recruiting ranks, a transfer from another program could be the right fit as...

College Football 2016 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
The 2016 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2016 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of players on offense. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Stanford...

Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 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...

Examining the Over/Under 2016 Win Totals for the American Athletic Conference

By Matt Josephs, 1 month 6 days ago
It's never too early to start dissecting some college football win totals. Last year I went through every conference and gave my thoughts on every team's win total. With regards to my process, I basically break down the games into three categories of definite wins, definite losses and toss-ups. For the most part, conference road games will represent losses unless it's...