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Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 8 months 12 hours ago
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.   The 2016 college football season opens with one of the best single days in the sport's history, which sets a fitting tone for the fall to follow...

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

By Adam Kurkjian, 8 months 6 days 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, 8 months 1 week 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, 8 months 1 week 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, 8 months 2 weeks 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, 8 months 2 weeks 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, 8 months 3 weeks 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...

Virginia Tech Hokies 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Jon Kinne, 8 months 3 weeks ago
There are changes aplenty in Blacksburg, Va. After 29 seasons as head coach of the Hokies, Frank Beamer will no longer be roaming the sidelines. With a new head coach comes a predominantly new staff and a different offensive style, something that also will be an adjustment for players and fans alike.   And the Hokies' depth chart won't look the same either. Key departures will...

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

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 4 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, 9 months 4 days 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...