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College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 3 days 4 hours 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 All 128 College Football Starting Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 4 hours 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 days away, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big 12 in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 1 day ago
It's been quite the offseason — for better or worse — for the Big 12 in 2016. A terrible story in Baylor and possible (actually probable) conference expansion have dominated the headlines. As a result, the football that has yet to be played in the conference has been largely overlooked. The Big 12, from a pure football standpoint, has become somewhat of a forgotten conference...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days 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...

10 College Football Upsets that Could Shake Up September

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 3 days ago
It happens every college football season. The early non-conference schedule is going according to script on a lovely fall Saturday with the big-name Power Five team beating up a significant underdog. Then, suddenly, you learn that one of those matchups is not quite going the way everyone expected and you’re instantly enthralled with the tense back and forth of the final few...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days 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 week 5 days 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...

Predicting the Big 12’s Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Media Days are behind us, fall camps are underway across most of the country, and we’re just a few short weeks from the 2016 college football season officially getting underway with the calendar turning the page to August. With every team currently sitting at 0-0, optimism is running high right now for just about every head coach, player and fan ahead of that opening kickoff.  ...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day 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, 2 weeks 2 days 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...