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College Football's Top 50 Must-See Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 8 months 18 hours ago
The offseason is over and after several long and excruciating months, college football is back in our lives. Normally any kind of football in late August and early September should be celebrated but 2016 might just feature the most impressive opening weekend ever. Added to a schedule packed with great games from now until December and there should be no shortage of fun on the gridiron this year...

College Football's Top 80 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 18 hours ago
With players like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and LSU’s Leonard Fournette returning, it’s a crowded year at the top of the player rankings. Watson is Athlon’s No. 1 player for 2016, but the gap between the next set of players is pretty small. While Fournette checks in at No. 2, a strong case could be...

Ranking All 128 College Football Starting Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 1 day ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. Finding and developing a reliable starter isn’t easy for some programs, but for other schools, the next quarterback steps in and the offense doesn’t miss a beat.   With the 2016 season just beginning, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams...

Outrageous Ideas for College Football Conference Realignment

By J.P. Scott, 8 months 4 days ago
College football conference realignment and expansion is all the rage. It's the Hansel from Zoolander of sports. The Big 12 is currently driving the conversation, but truth be told, any article or conversation about expanding or realigning pretty much any conference goes viral. Why?   Because we can't get enough of it.   We, the modern college football fan, were raised on a...

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 6 days ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.   Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions for the...

Ranking the ACC's Top 40 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 6 days ago
Florida State and Clemson are projected to be two of the nation’s best teams this fall, so it should be no surprise these two programs return some of the ACC’s top individual talents. Quarterback Deshaun Watson leads the way in Athlon’s top 40 players returning in the ACC for 2016, followed by Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at No. 2. The first defensive player on the...

Florida State Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

By Mike Ferguson, 8 months 6 days ago
Florida State won 10 games and reached a New Year’s Six bowl in what was considered a rebuilding year in 2015, but the Seminoles will have no excuses this season.   Related: Florida State Seminoles 2016 Preview and Prediction   In six years under head coach Jimbo Fisher, FSU has finished ranked each season and in the top 15 in each of the last four years. Though...

College Football Podcast: Win Totals, Prop Bets and Gambling

By Braden Gall, 8 months 1 week ago
Gambling advice is for entertainment purposes only (of course)!   Win totals, over/unders, prop bets and more take center stage on this edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.   Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox offer their top win total picks for the 2016 season for every conference in football. Each of us gives our top win total over and win total under for each league.  ...

The ACC's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Adam Kurkjian, 8 months 1 week ago
Not much has changed since last season in the overall ACC hierarchy. Once again, the two teams with the best chance to make a College Football Playoff run are the titans of the Atlantic Division, Clemson and Florida State. Both return loads of NFL talent on both sides of the ball, and many are predicting both squads to be in the Playoff, which would be the first time in the three years of the...

Five Things That Must Happen for Florida State to Compete for a National Championship

By Mike Ferguson, 8 months 1 week ago
Big things are expected of Jimbo Fisher’s Florida State Seminoles in 2016 as FSU returns nine starters on offense and plenty of talent on defense. With a young squad a season ago, the Seminoles collected 10 wins and reached a New Year’s Six bowl, but this year, the expectations are higher.   Related: Florida State Seminoles 2016 Preview and Prediction   As is the case...