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College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

Athlon's staff picks the 2016 college football season.
College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

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.

 

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College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

Which QBs are underrated headed into 2016?
College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation,  quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce.

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

Which team has the best secondary?
College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any  coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation.

College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

Alabama takes the top spot in LB unit rankings.
College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2016

Picking the top linebacker units in  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.

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

Which teams have the best DL in the nation?
College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2016

The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a  season has altered how some defensive coordinators think.

College Football's Top 40 Offensive Lines for 2016

Which teams have the best OL in the nation?
College Football's Top 40 Offensive Lines for 2016

The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any  team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense.

College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2016

Which teams have the best group of receivers?
College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2016

While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any  team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason atte

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2016

Which teams have the best RB groups in 2016?
College Football's Top 40 Running Back Units for 2016

While every  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.

American Athletic Conference's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2016

Here are the 10 best QB matchups in the American for 2016.
American Athletic Conference's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2016

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 and dual-threats are some of the best in the nation and these clashes should make it an enjoyable season in the American Athletic Conference.

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