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ACC Football 2016 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 2 weeks ago
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 way with 14 overall selections on Athlon’s 2016 All-ACC team, while North Carolina and Louisville are tied for second with 12. Projected ACC...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 11 months 2 weeks ago
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 plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play back seems to...

College Football Podcast: Big 12 Championship Game, Vegas Odds and Jeffery Simmons

By Braden Gall, 11 months 3 weeks ago
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 should the new divisions be divided?   - How good of a job is Baylor? Where does it rank nationally and within the Big 12? Where did it rank before...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Miami's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Antwan Staley, 11 months 3 weeks ago
The Miami Hurricanes’ 2016 season is a beginning of a new era in a couple of ways. The program hired Mark Richt in order to return the program back to its glory years of the 1990s and early 2000s. On Sept. 3, the Hurricanes also will start playing in newly renovated New Miami Stadium, formerly Sun Life Stadium (among other names).   Related: Miami Hurricanes 2016 Preview and...

ACC Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 3 weeks ago
The ACC is two-for-two in the College Football Playoff era. Clemson followed up Florida State’s playoff trip in 2014 with a run to the national title last season, as the Tigers defeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and fell just short against Alabama in the championship game. Clemson is loaded for another run at the title in 2016, but Dabo Swinney’s team will have company at the top...

3 Reasons Why Miami Hurricanes Quarterback Brad Kaaya Will Be a Heisman Trophy Contender in 2016

By Antwan Staley, 11 months 3 weeks ago
Brad Kaaya wasn’t even supposed to start in his freshman season at the University of Miami, but at age 18 in 2014, he was the best available quarterback for the Hurricanes. When fifth-year senior Ryan Williams suffered an ACL injury during spring practice in April 2014, that opened the door for Kaaya and he hasn’t looked back since.   In his first year under center, Kaaya...

Ranking the Toughest Games on North Carolina's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 11 months 3 weeks ago
Before North Carolina played Clemson in the 2015 ACC Championship Game, there was debate about the Tar Heels’ viability as a College Football Playoff contender. After losing the first game of the season, UNC rattled off 11 straight wins and some believed that a 12-1 record and an ACC title with a win over the nation’s top-ranked team should have been enough to propel the Heels into...

5 Teams That Could Surprise in Power 5 Conference Title Races in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 11 months 3 weeks ago
Athlon Sports has unveiled its projected Top 25 for the 2016 college football season. The top four teams are all familiar faces when it comes to winning conferences titles and appearing in the College Football Playoff during the first two years of its existence. Perhaps more so than any other major sport, however, college football has an element of unpredictability that draws us in and makes us...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Clemson's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Jon Kinne, 11 months 3 weeks ago
A lot has to happen in a championship season. Playing well on offense, defense, and special teams goes without saying, as does proper coaching. But an often-overlooked factor in projecting a national champion is the schedule.   A docket that features one powerhouse after another can be too tough for even the most talented teams to overcome. On the other hand, one that is loaded with...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 11 months 3 weeks ago
Having a wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field and take the top off the defense is a must for passing attacks. These receivers have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into paydirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play receiver seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great hands. This...
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