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ACC 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
It’s no secret the 2016 season was a successful one for the ACC. Clemson claimed the conference title and is headed for the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy and new hires at Miami (Mark Richt), Virginia Tech (Justin Fuente) and Syracuse (Dino Babers) immediately helped their programs take a step forward. With...

Ranking the Watchability of the ACC's Bowl Games in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 9 months 1 week ago
The ACC had a strong regular season that culminated in Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman Trophy.   All the way through, there were compelling matchups, as Clemson has carried the flag once again for the ACC and made the College Football Playoff. At the very top of the league, one can make the argument that the ACC was second only to the Big Ten in terms of high-...

Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 and continues until the national championship in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 9. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 17, four writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games dot the first Saturday of action and eight other matchups are...

15 Best ACC College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 9 months 1 week ago
It was in many ways a banner season for the ACC, which saw Clemson take the conference title and make the College Football Playoff for the second season in a row. And not only did Louisville’s Lamar Jackson win the Heisman Trophy, but the Tigers’ Deshaun Watson finished second in the voting while taking home the Davey O’Brien Award.   But what about that regular season...

Virginia Tech Hokies 2016 Team Awards

By Jon Kinne, 9 months 1 week ago
Despite losing to Clemson 42-35 in the ACC Championship Game, 2016 was a very successful year for Virginia Tech. Forget the 9-4 record, which in and of itself is pretty good. New head coach Justin Fuente came in and changed the culture of the program while still embracing the past. Doing those two things in concert was not easy and should be celebrated.   Offensive MVP: Jerod Evans, QB...

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson Wins 2016 Heisman Trophy

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson capped a dynamic sophomore season by winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Jackson is the first Heisman winner to play at Louisville and is the sixth quarterback to claim the award over the last seven years.   Jackson earned the award over four other finalists. Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Clemson...

Top 5 Plays from Lamar Jackson's 2016 Heisman Trophy Season

By Andrew Dellapina, 9 months 1 week ago
Coming off of a strong freshman campaign, many people thought that Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson would step it up during the 2016 season. However, nobody could have expected the video game-esque statistics that "Action Jackson" has put up this year. As in 51 total touchdowns (30 passnig, 21 rushing), nearly 3,400 passing yards and another 1,500 on the ground. He finsihed...

Clemson Tigers 2016 Team Awards

By Jon Kinne, 9 months 2 weeks ago
Right now, all Clemson has on its mind is Ohio State. But looking back at the 13 games that the Tigers have played, here are some awards for the 2016 season to this point.   Offensive MVP: Deshaun Watson, QB There have been some great players in Clemson history, including Tajh Boyd, the quarterback that preceded Watson. But Watson is the best to ever touch Howard's Rock. For the...

10 Amazing Heisman Trophy Stats You Need to Know in 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 9 months 2 weeks ago
Without question, the Heisman Trophy race has tightened up as the college football season has come to a close.   At one point, it appeared as though Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson would run away with the award. However, due to some late Cardinals losses and a few electric performances from several other players, there is a little drama going into Saturday night's presentation at...

20 Players on the Rise Entering College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
Breakout players or the emergence of new stars is an annual tradition for all 128 college football teams. However, with the focus shifting to the bowl season, it’s never too early to think about players that could use the postseason as a springboard to an even bigger 2017 campaign. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, Kentucky running back Benny Snell, Stanford quarterback Keller...