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Outrageous Ideas for College Football Conference Realignment

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 4 months ago
College football conference realignment and expansion is all the rage. It's the Hansel from Zoolander of sports. The Big 12 is currently driving the conversation, but truth be told, any article or conversation about expanding or realigning pretty much any conference goes viral. Why?   Because we can't get enough of it.   We, the modern college football fan, were raised on a...

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
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.   Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions for the...

Ranking the ACC's Top 40 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
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. The first defensive player on the...

Florida State Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

By Mike Ferguson, 1 year 5 months ago
Florida State won 10 games and reached a New Year’s Six bowl in what was considered a rebuilding year in 2015, but the Seminoles will have no excuses this season.   Related: Florida State Seminoles 2016 Preview and Prediction   In six years under head coach Jimbo Fisher, FSU has finished ranked each season and in the top 15 in each of the last four years. Though...

North Carolina Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

By Jon Kinne, 1 year 5 months ago
Last year (2015-16) was a pretty good one from a sports perspective for the North Carolina Tar Heels. There were lacrosse national titles for both the men and the women. The basketball team came oh so close to claiming another title before falling to Villanova in heartbreaking fashion in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. And the football team lost a close ACC Championship Game to...

College Football Podcast: Win Totals, Prop Bets and Gambling

By Braden Gall, 1 year 5 months ago
Gambling advice is for entertainment purposes only (of course)!   Win totals, over/unders, prop bets and more take center stage on this edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.   Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox offer their top win total picks for the 2016 season for every conference in football. Each of us gives our top win total over and win total under for each league.  ...

Virginia Tech Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

By Jon Kinne, 1 year 5 months ago
While Frank Beamer was far and away the best head coach in Virginia Tech history, things had grown stagnant in Blacksburg.  An offense that was rarely explosive became stuck in the mud, putting more pressure on Bud Foster’s defense. The result was a 29-23 record since the Hokies' Sugar Bowl appearance following the 2011 season.   But with Justin Fuente comes a sense of...

The ACC's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 year 5 months ago
Not much has changed since last season in the overall ACC hierarchy. Once again, the two teams with the best chance to make a College Football Playoff run are the titans of the Atlantic Division, Clemson and Florida State. Both return loads of NFL talent on both sides of the ball, and many are predicting both squads to be in the Playoff, which would be the first time in the three years of the...

Five Things That Must Happen for Florida State to Compete for a National Championship

By Mike Ferguson, 1 year 5 months ago
Big things are expected of Jimbo Fisher’s Florida State Seminoles in 2016 as FSU returns nine starters on offense and plenty of talent on defense. With a young squad a season ago, the Seminoles collected 10 wins and reached a New Year’s Six bowl, but this year, the expectations are higher.   Related: Florida State Seminoles 2016 Preview and Prediction   As is the case...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation, college football quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce. Good quarterback play or improvement at the position could be the difference between winning a national title or finishing outside of the playoff mix.   Related: Ranking All 128 College Football...
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