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College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 6 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...

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 37 min 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, 3 weeks 1 day 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...

Big 12's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2016

By Lance Dozier, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The quarterback is easily the most important on-field position for any college football team. Signal-callers can truly make their teammates better and enhance their play on the field. While quarterback - especially proven ones - are valuable, this position is not easy to evaluate and the overall performance can depend on some of the help from the supporting cast. These pocket passers...

Top 25 College Football Head Coaches on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days 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...

Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 5 days 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 Big 12 to...

Big 12 2016 Preseason Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes headline a solid group of quarterbacks returning in the Big 12 for 2016. Mayfield is one of the leading Heisman contenders and should pick up where he left off in 2015 after a standout debut in Norman. The depth in the league extends to Baylor with the return of Seth Russell from a season-ending neck injury, and Oklahoma...