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College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks 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...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big Ten in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago
We are a little more than two weeks away from kicking off the 2016 college football season. We've read most of the predictions. We have pretty good idea of who the favorites are – both nationally and in the individual conferences.   We really might as well just hand out trophies now, right? Wrong.   College football is a hotbed for outrageousness. With so many teams and...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks 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...

The First Weekend in September Will Shape the 2016 College Football Season

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The beginning of the college football season is always a cause for celebration. Football is America's favorite game, and we can't help but to be giddy when we turn on our televisions and see the sports being played live — especially after a seven-month layoff.   Related: Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016   As excited as we are, the reality of...

College Football's Top 40 Offensive Lines for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks 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...

Predicting the Big Ten’s Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 3 weeks ago
A few years ago, many jumped all over the Big Ten when the conference took losses in a handful of signature games in the second week of the college football season. Could that be the case once again this season with the Big Ten taking on opponents from the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC in the first few weeks of the year? Or might B1G score some much-needed upset victories to prove the conference...

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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...

Top 25 College Football Head Coaches on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks 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 Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks 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 Ten to...