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15 Best FBS vs. FCS Football Games in 2016

By Craig Haley, 1 year 3 months ago
FCS teams upsetting FBS programs have come to be one of the leading storylines early in a college football season. Over the first few weekends, Cinderella fires up fans as if it’s March.   Three years ago, FCS teams took down FBS opponents 16 times – a single-season record. Last year, it was nine times, which is still a decent number.   In 2016, there are 113...

Ranking the Big 12 Coordinator Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 months ago
Hiring a good staff of assistants and two coordinators capable of controlling their side of the ball in player development and scheme implementation is critical for any FBS head coach. While the head coach hire is the biggest and most important move for any program, good assistant coaches are often the unsung heroes in the overall success for every team.   With that in mind, Athlon Sports...

College Football Podcast: Big 12 Expansion, Implosion and The Kentucky Derby

By Braden Gall, 1 year 3 months ago
Braden Gall and David Fox break down the latest in Big 12 expansion and preview the 2016 college football magazines. (We also have some fun by naming Kentucky Derby horses too.)   - What do the latest data reports mean for the future of the Big 12? What is the right structure for the Big 12?   - Who should the league target for expansion and should the Big 12 add a title game...

Top 25 Big 12 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Allen Kenney, 1 year 3 months ago
On the surface, the NFL Draft didn’t treat the Big 12 well this year. The conference produced 26 total picks, tying the ACC for last among the Power Five leagues.   On the other hand, on a per-team basis, the Big 12 averaged 2.6 picks per squad. That put the conference ahead of the ACC and on par with the Pac-12. As such, the talent drain supposedly plaguing the Big 12 may be a...

10 Best College Football Players Not Taken in the 2016 NFL Draft

By John Coon, 1 year 3 months ago
Talent does not always guarantee becoming an NFL Draft pick. Dozens of college football stars did not hear their name called during the 2016 NFL Draft. Many of these players have now signed with teams as undrafted free agents and will be competing with draft picks to make an opening-day NFL roster.   Who were the most notable omissions in the 2016 NFL Draft? Here's a look at the best...

Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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...
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