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Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 9 months 1 day ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college football season the fruit of that labor.   Opening week is loaded with blockbuster games and the state of Texas alone may play host to the biggest...

Why Alabama Will or Won’t Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 days ago
Alabama has claimed three out of the last five national championships, and Nick Saban has the Crimson Tide poised to challenge for another one in 2016. Alabama has set the bar high for the rest of the nation in recent years and has not lost more than two games since a 10-3 record in 2010.   With 11 starters back and a strong defense leading the way, the Crimson Tide are Athlon’s...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 days ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor...

Heisman Watch: The SEC's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2016

By Cody McClure, 9 months 3 days ago
Last season, the SEC got back to its Heisman-winning ways after Alabama’s Derrick Henry claimed college football’s top prize, piling up more than 2,200 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns.   Of course, to win the Heisman Trophy, players also have to be on a pretty good team. That could be a good sign for programs like Alabama, LSU and Tennessee this year. Can the SEC produce...

Examining the Over/Under 2016 Win Totals for the SEC West

By Matt Josephs, 9 months 1 week ago
The SEC West will flex its muscles once again in the conference with a lot of talent coming back in this division. Alabama and LSU figure to lead the way while Ole Miss, Arkansas and even Texas A&M could make things interesting. For one thing, this offseason has been filled with headlines that the West would not like to be known for. They'll be as excited as anyone that the season is...

Top 15 SEC Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Cody McClure, 9 months 1 week ago
The SEC has done its part once again in scheduling marquee non-conference opponents.   In fact, thanks to the SEC, and the other Power Five conferences, 2016 may feature the greatest week one slate of games in the history of college football. It’s certainly the best opening weekend in recent memory. Really, if you didn’t know better, you might think it was January with this...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 50 names, we tried to stick...

Ranking the Big 12 Expansion Candidates

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
The Big 12 could be expanding by two or four teams in the near future, as the conference’s board of directors on Tuesday authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate and gather information on programs interested in joining the league. The timeline for expansion is expected to move fast, as the new programs could join the Big 12 in time for the 2017 season. While expansion isn’t...

SEC Wild Card Players in 2016

By Cody McClure, 9 months 1 week ago
If you pay attention to SEC football at all, or just college football in general, you probably already know names like Leonard Fournette at LSU, Myles Garrett at Texas A&M, and Chad Kelly at Ole Miss. Indeed, many of the SEC’s top players have million-dollar paydays waiting for them as presumed high 2017 NFL Draft picks just a few months down the road.   Related: SEC Football...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. However, this position is also the most difficult one to judge, rank or evaluate. With the uncertainty and difficulty in evaluating this position, it should come as no surprise that a handful of names...