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North Carolina Tar Heels 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Jon Kinne, 1 year 1 month ago
North Carolina fans had to enjoy the 2015 football season. For the first time since 1997, the Tar Heels had a double-figure win total and they gave conference champ Clemson all they could handle in the ACC title game. They were rewarded with a bid to the Russell Athletic Bowl where they played Baylor. That’s where the fun ended. UNC’s performance in the bowl game was not what...

NC State Wolfpack 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Antwan Staley, 1 year 1 month ago
In head coach Dave Doeren's third season at NC State, the Wolfpack finished with one fewer victory than they had in 2014. In 2015, NC State finished 7-6 after recording an 8-5 record the season before. NC State did however make a second straight bowl appearance, but the team lost in the Belk Bowl to Mississippi State. Now in Doeren's fourth season in Raleigh, the Wolfpack will...

ACC's Pre-Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The ACC enters 2016 as a conference on the rise. Both Clemson and Florida State have made appearances in the College Football Playoff over the last two years, and both teams are positioned for another run next fall. But the league’s overall depth is improving, thanks to a Louisville team that’s on the rise, as well as stellar coaching hires at Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Miami and...

Clemson Tigers 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Coming off a historic 2015 season, Clemson has one goal in mind when it begins spring workouts – a national championship. After falling just short against Alabama for the national title, the Tigers hope to get back to the College Football Playoff and claim the championship in 2016. Taking the next step will require some retooling on both sides of the ball, but Clemson is equipped as any...

Syracuse Orange 2016 Spring Practice Preview

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 year 2 months ago
Ever since the disastrous four-year reign of Greg Robinson, Syracuse has struggled with fits and starts to push its program into the upper echelon of the Big East and now the Atlantic Coast Conference. There have been bright spots, as Doug Marrone posted two 8-5 seasons, the second coming in 2012 with a Big East co-championship and Pinstripe Bowl win. His replacement, Scott Shafer, followed...

10 ACC Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

By Antwan Staley, 1 year 2 months ago
The ACC had a number of talented players in their conference in 2015. Six from the ACC were named either an AP first- or second-team All-American. Now a group of ACC players will take the first step towards hopefully hearing their name called in the upcoming NFL Draft by taking part in this week’s Scouting Combine. Who are the top 10 players from the ACC to keep an eye in Indianapolis...

Ranking the ACC's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

By David Fox, 1 year 2 months ago
Few would argue that Duke is college basketball royalty. Even fewer would argue that one coach is the primary reason Duke is among the bluest of the blue bloods. At the same time, few would argue that Duke is one of the toughest jobs in college football. The program’s overall record attests to that. And yet although Mike Krzyzewski and David Cutcliffe have drastically different...

College Football's Top 25 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Junior college prospects are some of the biggest wildcards in a recruiting class for college football teams. Not every program taps into the junior college ranks for options, but immediate help can be found at this level. While junior college recruits often help right away, some are more of a project and can take half (or more) of a season to develop. Additionally, junior college recruits are...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The 2015-16 college football coaching carousel was one of the busiest in recent memory. There were plenty of surprises along the way, including Steve Spurrier’s sudden retirement in October, the bizarre separation between USC and Steve Sarkisian, Todd Monken’s late departure to the NFL, Lovie Smith's late hire at Illinois and Bronco Mendenhall’s decision to leave BYU for...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The countdown to the 2016 college football season is already underway, and even with the season nearly 200 days away, it’s never too early to take a look at the returning talent and project some of the players due for a breakout season. Recruiting establishes the foundation for any program, but finding and developing quarterbacks is a challenging and essential task for any coach....