College Football Articles

Roc Thomas
College football fans, heed the warning — Jacksonville State is no ordinary Football Championship Series (FCS) program. The “other” Gamecocks are the real deal.   Related: Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top 25 for 2016...
Ryan Wright
2 weeks ago
Chad Kelly
The SEC – college football’s best conference – is never short on talent and features some of the nation’s best players once again in 2016. The balance of power in the SEC is tilted to the West this fall, with 63 of the 108...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Matt Breida
Arkansas State, Georgia Southern and Appalachian State were the top three teams in the Sun Belt last season and open 2016 at the top of predictions for this conference. Considering the strong returning core of talent for the Red Wolves,...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford returns a Heisman Trophy runner-up in Christian McCaffrey, talented playmakers on defense and a stout offensive line. With David Shaw manning the sidelines, the Cardinal have pieces to defend their crown...
Kyle Kensing
2 weeks ago
The more, the merrier.   The expansion of the FCS playoffs to 24 teams in 2013 has allowed most conferences to put multiple teams into the field.   Last year, eight conferences had at least two qualifiers, led by the Missouri Valley...
Craig Haley
2 weeks ago
Dalvin Cook
The ACC featured four teams – Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and North Carolina – in Athlon's projected top 25 for 2016, and those four teams are home to a good chunk of the league’s talent this fall. The Tigers lead the...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Greg Ward
Houston, USF and Temple are considered the top three teams and favorites to win the American Athletic Conference in 2016, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the projected all-conference team by Athlon Sports. The Cougars...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Coming into Jim McElwain’s first season in Gainesville, not much was expected of the Florida Gators, especially after finishing a disappointing 7-5 record in 2014. But not only did McElwain and the Gators exceed expectations with 10 wins last...
Antwan Staley
2 weeks ago
Jabrill Peppers
Every team has that one guy who needs to show up every week and get his job done at the highest level in order for his team to have success. Sometimes that player is simply the most talented one on the team. Often it's the quarterback. Other...
J.P. Scott
2 weeks ago
Calvin Ridley
Nick Saban doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon when it comes to dominating the college football landscape. Alabama is coming off yet another national championship, and the Crimson Tide look to be loaded with talent once again. It...
Cody McClure
2 weeks ago
Since 1994, the Southeastern Conference's football championship game has been played inside the Georgia Dome. However, Atlanta has not always served as the site. The first two championship games occurred in Birmingham in 1992 and '93....
John La Fleur
2 weeks ago
Nick Mullens
WKU cruised to the Conference USA title last season behind quarterback Brandon Doughty and a dynamic offense. However, with Doughty off to the NFL, the gap between the Hilltoppers and the rest of the league should close in 2016. Marshall and MTSU...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Gary Patterson
Before each college football season, Athlon Sports hears from readers wanting to know why one team was favored over another in our preseason rankings. Why this team was ranked so high or that team so low.   Some of these questions are in...
David Fox
2 weeks ago
Baker Mayfield
After missing out on the College Football Playoff in 2014, the Big 12 had better fortune last season, as Oklahoma overcame an early loss to Texas to earn a playoff bid and a trip to the Orange Bowl against Clemson. As the focus shifts to 2016, the...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Baker Mayfield
Oklahoma enters the 2016 campaign as the odds-on favorite to win the Big 12 and a top contender for a spot in the College Football Playoff. So the schedule must be a cakewalk, right?   Related: Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Preview and Prediction...
Allen Kenney
2 weeks ago
Notre Dame plays a national schedule making travel an issue every year. But this year's slate is especially taxing. Two trips to Texas, dropping down to Dixie a couple of times, a jaunt to the Northeast, and a season-ending flight to Los...
Jon Kinne
2 weeks ago
Brett Rypien
The Mountain West is a step behind the American Athletic Conference for the nod as the top Group of 5 league, but this conference has two programs – Boise State and San Diego State – capable of challenging Houston as the top team from...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Jake Browning
Before each college football season, Athlon Sports hears from readers wanting to know why one team was favored over another in our preseason rankings. Why this team was ranked so high or that team so low.   Some of these questions are in...
David Fox
2 weeks ago
Christian McCaffrey
Most preseason predictions and rankings have the Pac-12 on the outside of the playoff picture for 2016, but there’s no shortage of intrigue or potential surrounding this league. Stanford has lost only nine conference games in coach David Shaw...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Charles Harris
Missouri heads into the fall with what looks to be one of the SEC's best defenses. The Tigers also have continuity on the coaching staff, with former defensive coordinator Barry Odom taking over as head coach after Gary Pinkel announced his...
Cody McClure
2 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports FCS Preseason All-America team features plenty of high-powered offensive players who will light up scoreboards all season.   But it comes with a defensive unit that the offensive standouts probably wouldn’t want to...
Craig Haley
2 weeks ago
Dalvin Cook
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary...
Lance Dozier
2 weeks ago
Kyle Whittingham
Can Utah take another step and claim a Pac-12 championship this season? The Utes have made a steady climb up the Pac-12 South ladder each of the last two years behind aggressive defense, a rugged running attack and game-changing special teams play...
John Coon
2 weeks ago
The MAC enters another year with familiar faces at the top of the projected standings, but could there be a changing of the guard in the West Division? Northern Illinois has won six consecutive West Division titles and is positioned for another run...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Oklahoma Sooners
Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light are back in the booth talking the latest in college football.   - Did the Big 12 get it right by adding a conference championship game? What are the benefits and drawbacks of a 13th data point? How...
Braden Gall
2 weeks ago

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