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College Football's 12 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 1

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 4 weeks ago
The first week of the 2016 college football season is finally here and it certainly delivers when it comes to some incredible matchups to open the year. With a non-conference slate that might be the best of all-time when you factor in some of the brand names and Top 25 teams facing off against each other, it’s pretty easy to understand why there’s so much hype for Week 1 around the...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the 2016 Season

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 4 weeks ago
We're now only days away from the kickoff of the 2016 college football season. The polls have been released and most predictions have been made.   Well — most predictions.   Over the last couple of weeks, I brought you my Outrageous Predictions for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. You read them. You shared them. In some cases you had a laugh at their...

Twitter Accounts Every College Football Fan Should Follow (2016 Edition)

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season starts on Thursday, Sept. 1 and concludes in early January with the national championship in Tampa, Fla. With kickoff right around the corner, it’s time to fill up your Twitter timelines with information on all of the teams, players, coaches and latest news.   To help you prepare for the 2016 season, Athlon Sports has compiled the best Twitter guide...

College Football's Top 50 Must-See Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 4 weeks ago
The offseason is over and after several long and excruciating months, college football is back in our lives. Normally any kind of football in late August and early September should be celebrated but 2016 might just feature the most impressive opening weekend ever. Added to a schedule packed with great games from now until December and there should be no shortage of fun on the gridiron this year...

College Football's Top 80 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks 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...

The Big Ten’s Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 9 hours ago
The Big Ten is full of storylines to follow this season, and the schedule offers a good number of intriguing matchups in conference and non-conference play. The Jim Harbaugh Effect has Michigan playing in several matchups you should pay attention to this season, while Ohio State has a loaded slate on tap as well. And yes, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin have some noteworthy dates of their own...

Ranking All 128 College Football Starting Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 11 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 beginning, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams...

Outrageous Ideas for College Football Conference Realignment

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 3 days 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...

Ranking the Big Ten's Top 35 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 days ago
The Big Ten is short on proven quarterbacks for 2016, but there’s no question the league is stacked with talent on defense. Of Athlon’s projected top 10 players for this season, six come from defense, including standout cornerbacks Desmond King (Iowa) and Jourdan Lewis (Michigan). Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett gets the nod as Athlon’s top overall player, with teammates...

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 5 days 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...