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College Football's Top 80 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
With players like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and LSU’s Leonard Fournette returning, it’s a crowded year at the top of the player rankings. Watson is Athlon’s No. 1 player for 2016, but the gap between the next set of players is pretty small. While Fournette checks in at No. 2, a strong case could be...

Ranking All 128 College Football Starting Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. Finding and developing a reliable starter isn’t easy for some programs, but for other schools, the next quarterback steps in and the offense doesn’t miss a beat.   With the 2016 season just beginning, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams...

Outrageous Ideas for College Football Conference Realignment

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 2 weeks ago
College football conference realignment and expansion is all the rage. It's the Hansel from Zoolander of sports. The Big 12 is currently driving the conversation, but truth be told, any article or conversation about expanding or realigning pretty much any conference goes viral. Why?   Because we can't get enough of it.   We, the modern college football fan, were raised on a...

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.   Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions for the...

Ranking the ACC's Top 40 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Florida State and Clemson are projected to be two of the nation’s best teams this fall, so it should be no surprise these two programs return some of the ACC’s top individual talents. Quarterback Deshaun Watson leads the way in Athlon’s top 40 players returning in the ACC for 2016, followed by Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at No. 2. The first defensive player on the...

The ACC's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Not much has changed since last season in the overall ACC hierarchy. Once again, the two teams with the best chance to make a College Football Playoff run are the titans of the Atlantic Division, Clemson and Florida State. Both return loads of NFL talent on both sides of the ball, and many are predicting both squads to be in the Playoff, which would be the first time in the three years of the...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation, college football quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce. Good quarterback play or improvement at the position could be the difference between winning a national title or finishing outside of the playoff mix.   Related: Ranking All 128 College Football...

Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Having two running backs is almost essential for every college football team. While some teams have workhorse options that can handle 275 or 300 carries, most programs want to have at least two (and sometimes three) running backs to split up the workload. The thought process is pretty simple: Take the workload off one player and spread it around to keep everyone fresh. This concept seems to gain...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks 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...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 3 weeks ago
If you listen to the pundits and so-called "experts", the Atlantic Coast Conference is pretty much a two-team race in 2016. The winner of that race — either Florida State or Clemson — will likely punch a ticket to the College Football Playoff. The rest of the teams in the conference need only show up and serve as hurdles for the two "big boys" of the conference...