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Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 7 months ago
The 2016 college football season is less than 100 days away, but the countdown to kickoff is officially underway. Athlon Sports’ 2016 College Football Preview annuals are already on newsstands across the county and available for order in the online store, hosted by Amazon. Each year, Athlon Sports produces regional preview magazines for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, as well as...

Kansas Jayhawks 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 7 months ago
When David Beaty took the head coaching job at Kansas, he knew the road ahead would not be easy. That belief became reality last season, as the Jayhawks went 0-12, including a loss to FCS member South Dakota State. The Jayhawks return 12 starters and Beaty now has a year of experience under his belt. But make no mistake, Kansas is a long ways away from bowl contention. Right now the Jayhawks...

Iowa State Cyclones 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 7 months ago
Previewing Iowa State’s Offense in 2016    Matt Campbell made it very clear on the day that he was introduced as Iowa State’s head football coach: This is a program that will have success running the football. He has a great starting point in Mike Warren, a sophomore who ran for more yardage than any other freshman running back in college football last season. Joel...

Kansas State Wildcats 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 7 months ago
Kansas State was hit hard by injuries last season, but the Wildcats could be poised for a quick rebound in 2016. A Bill Snyder-coached team is always a dangerous opponent in the Big 12, and this year's version could surprise if the right pieces fall into place on offense. The defense returns standout talents in linebacker Elijah Lee and linemen Will Geary and Jordan Willis....

Texas Longhorns 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 7 months ago
In a must-win year for coach Charlie Strong, the pressure is on in Austin. The Longhorns definitely gained some positive momentum after bringing in some blue-chippers on signing day this past spring, but will that be enough? New coordinator Sterlin Gilbert was brought aboard to bring significant improvement to the offense, and there's quarterback uncertainty exiting spring ball. The defense...

Texas Tech Red Raiders 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 7 months ago
Having Patrick Mahomes - one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12 - will be a big help, but will those around him make the offense flourish? Texas Tech must replace standout receiver Jakeem Grant and running back DeAndre Washington, and the offensive line has to be rebuilt. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is an offensive mastermind, but the defense also has to make major strides in 2016....

5 Coaching Candidates to Replace Art Briles at Baylor in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
Art Briles’ tenure at Baylor ended on Thursday, as the 60-year-old coach was fired as a result of the findings from the Pepper Hamilton investigation into football program and athletic department. With Briles out, defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will serve as the program’s head coach for the 2016 season. While Bennett has previous head coaching experience and is a veteran...

West Virginia Mountaineers 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 7 months ago
Is 2016 a make-or-break year for coach Dana Holgorsen? It certainly seems that way. Provided quarterback Skyler Howard picks up where he left off in the bowl game, the Mountaineers should have one of the Big 12's top offenses. However, there's concern on defense with a revamped back seven. A new-look secondary will be tested in the offensive-minded Big 12. West Virginia has the...

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.   This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by...

Can the Oklahoma Sooners Live Up to Lofty Preseason Expectations in 2016?

By Allen Kenney, 1 year 8 months ago
There’s a commonly held belief in college football circles that when expectations for Oklahoma zig, the Sooners zag.   Preseason No. 1? Book your tickets for the Insight Bowl.   Starting the season at No. 20? Go ahead and print the Big 12 championship shirts.   Take last season, for example. After opening at No. 19 in the preseason AP poll, the Sooners gradually...
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