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Ranking the ACC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 month 4 days 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, 1 month 6 days 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...

Virginia Cavaliers 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Antwan Staley, 1 month 1 week ago
Later on in April, Bronco Mendenhall will host his first spring game as the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers. Early in Virginia's spring practices leading up to the annual spring game, Mendenhall is making the players earn everything, including even the numbers on their jerseys.   Under former head coach Mike London, the Cavaliers often had mental breakdowns defensively as well as...

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

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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, 1 month 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...

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

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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...

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

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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...

ACC 2016 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
It’s hard to declare any team or conference the winner of an offseason, but things have been going well in the ACC since the end of the regular season. Syracuse (Dino Babers), Virginia (Bronco Mendenhall), Virginia Tech (Justin Fuente) and Miami (Mark Richt) all hired excellent coaches, which should help each of those programs take a step forward over the next few seasons. Florida State...

ACC's Pre-Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 5 days ago
The ACC enters 2016 as a conference on the rise. Both Clemson and Florida State have made appearances in the College Football Playoff over the last two years, and both teams are positioned for another run next fall. But the league’s overall depth is improving, thanks to a Louisville team that’s on the rise, as well as stellar coaching hires at Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Miami and...

College Football's Top 25 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 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...