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Ranking the Big 12's Top 35 Players for 2016

Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield takes the top spot.
Ranking the Big 12's Top 35 Players for 2016

Oklahoma is the heavy favorite to repeat as Big 12 champions in 2016, so it should be no surprise the Sooners dominate in Athlon’s projected top 35 players in the conference. Quarterback Baker Mayfield edges Texas Tech signal-caller Patrick Mahomes for the top spot within the Big 12, with Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine at No. 3 and standout defenders Jordan Thomas (No.

Ranking the SEC's Top 40 Players for 2016

LSU's Leonard Fournette takes the top spot.
Ranking the SEC's Top 40 Players for 2016

Another season, another loaded year for returning talent in the SEC. While the league is short on proven quarterbacks, there’s plenty of depth at defensive end, receiver and linebacker. LSU running back Leonard Fournette leads the way for Athlon’s projected top 40 SEC players for 2016, followed by Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

College Football's Most Controversial Teams for 2016 ... At Least by the Rankings

All the preseason picks are in, and these are the most divisive teams.
College Football's Most Controversial Teams for 2016 ... At Least by the Rankings

The college football offseason is nearing a close, which means months of analyzing and previewing will soon be validated or … not.

 

The preseason AP poll was released Sunday, and a clear consensus has been established. Alabama is a near-unanimous No. 1, followed by Clemson in most outlets (not by Athlon, however). In the clarity of July and August, the contenders have separated from the pack.

 

Then there are other teams, the ones that have been much more difficult to figure out by the college football intelligentsia.

 

Athlon Sports' 2016-17 College Basketball Top 25

Duke, Kentucky, reigning champion Villanova lead the national scene
Athlon Sports' 2016-17 College Basketball Top 25

Duke and Kentucky haven’t met in the NCAA Tournament since the 1998 Elite Eight. If that drought ends in 2016, the matchup could be epic.

 

Sure, Duke and Kentucky have faced each other during the season on a somewhat regular basis, splitting their last four meetings.

 

But that epic NCAA matchup is the only piece that’s been missing in the Coach K vs. Coach Cal rivalry. They’ve faced each other in November. They’ve sparred verbally during the spring. They’ve competed for recruits.

 

California Golden Bears vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Preview and Prediction

The Golden Bears and Rainbow Warriors meet on Friday in Australia.
California Golden Bears vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Preview and Prediction 2016

College football’s 2016 season officially kicks off on Friday night with California and Hawaii making the long trek to Sydney, Australia for a neutral site matchup. This game marks the inaugural College Football Sydney Cup and a crowd of over 60,000 is expected in ANZ Stadium.

 

Ranking the Big Ten's Top 35 Players for 2016

Ohio State's J.T. Barrett takes the top spot.
Ranking the Big Ten's Top 35 Players for 2016

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.

Podcast: Official 2016 College Football Playoff Picks

We've officially made our officially official Playoff picks.
Podcast: Official 2016 College Football Playoff Picks

The season is here and the guys have to make their official College Football Playoff picks for 2016.

 

Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox pick every division winner, conference champion and announce their picks to make the College Football Playoff. The guys seed their top four and pick the last team standing.

 

Which league gets left out? What does a Group of 5 team have to do be deserving of a Playoff Berth (if anything)? Who would get in if the playoff was eight teams?

 

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.

 

Ranking the ACC's Top 40 Players for 2016

Clemson's Deshaun Watson tops the ACC player rankings.
Ranking the ACC's Top 40 Players for 2016

Florida State and Clemson are projected to be two of the nation’s best teams this fall, so it should be no surprise these two programs return some of the ACC’s top individual talents. Quarterback Deshaun Watson leads the way in Athlon’s top 40 players returning in the ACC for 2016, followed by Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at No. 2.

Ranking the Pac-12's Top 35 Players for 2016

Stanford's Christian McCaffrey takes the top spot among Pac-12 players.
Ranking the Pac-12's Top 35 Players for 2016

The Pac-12 is known for its high-scoring offenses and dynamic skill players, and with the likes of Oregon running back Royce Freeman, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returning, this league is going to have its share of fireworks on offense once again.

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