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College Football's Top 40 Wide Receiver Groups for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 3 weeks ago
While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason attention. And with the balance of power in football shifting to the offense, big-play threats and speedy receivers are more valuable than ever.  ...

Key Position Changes Around College Football in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 8 months 3 weeks ago
The start of a new college football season is just weeks away. This fall a number of players will be taking on a brand new position in a game for the first time, and many could play a key role in their respective teams’ chances to win some big games.   Here is a look at 10 of the more notable position changes being made around the college football world this fall.   Jabrill...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 3 weeks ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Podcast: Official 2016 Pac-12 Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 8 months 3 weeks ago
The Pac-12 conference goes under the microscope as hosts Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox wrap up their Power 5 conference previews.   - Why are there no Pac-12 teams ranked in Athlon Sports' top 10? Does this mean that the league could get left out of the Playoff again in 2016? It may have everything to do with scheduling. No other league plays as many top 50 teams as the Pac-...

Top 25 College Football Head Coaches on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 3 weeks ago
Whether it’s a player, team or coach, the next big thing is always on the minds of fans for all 128 college football programs. Regardless of the job or program, coaches are always under the microscope and under to pressure to win – and win immediately. With the heavy scrutiny and pressure to win right away, it’s no surprise college football’s coaching carousel never stops...

Podcast: Official 2016 Big Ten Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 8 months 4 weeks ago
Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox are back previewing the Power 5. Today, we dive deep into Big Ten country.   - First, the nine-game conference schedule? What are the advantages and disadvantages and do we like it? Who is it good for? Who does it hurt?   - The Big Ten West's repuation is on the line this fall. Right?   - Wisconsin has a lot of unknowns and one of...

SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 10 hours ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches in the SEC to talk...

Predicting the SEC's Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Cody McClure, 9 months 1 day ago
Talkin' season, as Steve Spurrier once eloquently deemed it, is almost over. SEC teams are now getting ready for fall camp and players are dreading those brutal August practices. While practice is tough, it is rewarding. There is always positive energy circulating when teams come out of practice and hit the field for the first time.   That is, until they get beat by a Group of Five or...

Podcast: Playoff Breakdown feat. Eli Gold, Robert Smith, Bud Elliott, David Hood

By Braden Gall, 9 months 1 day ago
We called in some reinforcements to break down our picks to make the College Football Playoff in 2016: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Clemson.   Alabama play-by-play great and author Eli Gold joins the Cover 2 to analyze the Alabama Crimson Tide. Could this team throw the ball more? Who will start at QB? What should fans make of the coaching changes? His updated book, Crimson...

Ranking the SEC Running Back Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 5 days ago
Having two running backs is almost essential for every college football team. While some teams have workhorse options that can handle 275 or 300 carries, most programs want to have at least two (and sometimes three) running backs to split up the workload. The thought process is pretty simple: Take the workload off one player and spread it around to keep everyone fresh. This concept seems to gain...