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College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. LSU, Alabama and Florida consistently bring in and develop defensive...

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.    Which...

College Football's Top 40 Offensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason attention. And with the balance of power in football shifting to the offense, big-play threats and speedy receivers are more valuable than ever.  ...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Top 25 College Football Head Coaches on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Whether it’s a player, team or coach, the next big thing is always on the minds of fans for all 128 college football programs. Regardless of the job or program, coaches are always under the microscope and under to pressure to win – and win immediately. With the heavy scrutiny and pressure to win right away, it’s no surprise college football’s coaching carousel never stops...

SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches in the SEC to talk...

Predicting the SEC's Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Cody McClure, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Talkin' season, as Steve Spurrier once eloquently deemed it, is almost over. SEC teams are now getting ready for fall camp and players are dreading those brutal August practices. While practice is tough, it is rewarding. There is always positive energy circulating when teams come out of practice and hit the field for the first time.   That is, until they get beat by a Group of Five or...

Why Tennessee Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By Rob McVey, 2 months 13 hours ago
The Tennessee Volunteers have been trending in a positive direction each and every year under head coach Butch Jones. Jones and his Vols will need to continue that trend in 2016 if they are to have any chance of making it into the College Football Playoff. That said, 2016 appears to be extremely promising for a loaded team poised to make its long awaited return back to the forefront of the SEC...