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Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 2 months ago
The 2016 NFL Draft is complete as 253 players have taken the first steps in their professional football careers. From a college football standpoint, the focus now shifts to next year. Which players are next in line to hear their name called when the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft commences next spring?   Here are Athlon Sports’ top 50 college players to keep an eye on this fall....

College Football Podcast: Power 5 Round Table, Art Briles and Idaho

By Braden Gall, 1 year 2 months ago
Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox are back in the studio talking college football, previewing all five power five conference and more.   - Should Art Briles' job be in jeopardy because of what has happened at Baylor?   - Idaho is dropping to the FCS ranks, will this be a developing trend?   The guys then broke down all five Power 5 leagues, previewing the...

College Football Podcast: Conference Champs, National Title Contenders

By Braden Gall, 1 year 3 months ago
Braden Gall and David Fox are back after a Bachelor Party break to analyze how the Athlon Sports rankings are put together.   - There is a huge difference between power rankings and projecting the committee's rankings.   - Should conference championships matter as much as they do?   - Which league has the best chance to get two teams into the Playoff? Which league is in...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 3 months ago
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.   The 2016 college football season opens with one of the best single days in the sport's history, which sets a fitting tone for the fall to follow...

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Allen Kenney, 1 year 3 months ago
The quality of non-conference schedules in the Big 12 has received significant attention in recent years. The philosophies vary dramatically throughout the conference: Some programs opt for high-profile, home-and-home series against notable teams around the country; others have reputations for scheduling pillowy-soft slates to ease into the conference run.   Related: Ranking...

College Football Podcast: Toughest Predictions in 2016

By Braden Gall, 1 year 3 months ago
Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light are gearing up for another Athlon Sports preview magazine and the guys are discussing the most difficult decisions in 2016.   - What seperates Clemson from Florida State in the Atlantic Division?   - Who are the contenders in the Coastal and should we just flip a coin?   - Is a 10 Year War brewing in the Big East or can...

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016

By Allen Kenney, 1 year 3 months ago
The Big 12 round robin doesn’t leave much room for differentiation between teams’ schedules. There’s no ducking squads from other divisions, and nine conference games only leaves three slots to fill that could boost a team’s strength of schedule.   With two notable exceptions, Big 12 teams are consistently lining up quality non-conference opponents. As such, in...

Kansas State Wildcats 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 year 3 months ago
Thanks to injuries and inconsistency at key positions, the Kansas State Wildcats were one of the streakiest teams in college football in 2015.   Kansas State swept its three-game non-conference slate to open the schedule, then dropped six games in a row to open Big 12 play, including heartbreakers to ranked Oklahoma State, TCU and Baylor squads, and a humiliating 55-0 loss to eventual...

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Linemen on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 months ago
Offensive linemen are the most underrated players in college football. The players in the trenches never get enough credit for their performance, but the five blockers up front set the stage for the skill players to have success. Recruiting and developing offensive linemen is never easy. However, there’s always a new wave of stars ready to emerge in the trenches. With the 2016 season...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat: 2016 Spring Practice Edition

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 months ago
College football’s 2015-16 coaching carousel was one of the most active in recent memory. After 28 jobs changed hands, the 2016-17 version may not be as active at the end of the year. However, several big-time jobs could open, as Les Miles (LSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) enter the 2016 season squarely on the hot seat.   Spring...
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