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Texas Tech Red Raiders 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 year 6 months ago
Texas Tech made big strides in several areas in 2015 — most importantly in the win column. After suffering a 4-8 season in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's second season in 2014, the Red Raiders won four games in Big 12 play last year and finished 7-6 overall following a loss to LSU in the Texas Bowl. As usual, the offense carried the way. Patrick Mahomes is one of the best...

Iowa State Cyclones 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 year 6 months ago
The Iowa State Cyclones have struggled in recent seasons, specifically with three consecutive years in which the team has lost at least nine games. However, there is a good deal of excitement surrounding the rebuilding program. New head coach Matt Campbell appears to be a solid hire, and there's talent and experience returning at the offensive skill positions, led by running back Mike Warren...

Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Allen Kenney, 1 year 6 months ago
Twelve months ago, Oklahoma looked like a program on the ropes. Legendary head coach Bob Stoops had changed out four members of his coaching staff, highlighted by the addition of a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley. The Sooners appeared to be counting on a Texas Tech castoff at quarterback to orchestrate their offensive attack. OU’s defense had turned to dust over the course...

Big 12's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
The Big 12 is known for its offensive firepower and high-scoring attacks, so it should be no surprise four of the top five players in the pre-spring top 15 rankings are quarterbacks. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield takes the top spot in the early ranks, but Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes and Baylor’s Seth Russell aren’t far behind. The theme with offense continues throughout the...

TCU Horned Frogs 2016 Spring Practice Preview

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
After a 12-1 record in 2014 and a No. 3 finish in the final Associated Press poll, TCU opened 2015 as one of the favorites to claim a spot in the College Football Playoff. But the Horned Frogs hit a few speed bumps along the way, as injuries and overall roster turnover was just too much to overcome. Despite significant injuries on both sides of the ball, TCU finished 11-2 and finished No. 7 in...

Baylor Bears 2016 Spring Practice Preview

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
Baylor’s promising 2015 season and playoff hopes were derailed by key injuries, but the Bears finished the year with an impressive 49-38 victory over North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Behind an explosive offense and the big-play ability of receiver Corey Coleman, coach Art Briles’ team started 8-0 and climbed as high as No. 6 in the College Football Playoff committee...

College Football's Top 25 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 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 7 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 7 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....

College Football's Top 10 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year....
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