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College Football’s 20 Best Position Battles to Watch in December Bowl Games

By Bryan Fischer, 9 months 1 week ago
It’s bowl season and college football fans can celebrate (or is it mourn?) the end of the year with 41 games that have a little bit of everything. While most of the attention is paid toward the two semifinal games and some of the other major bowls, there’s a lot to enjoy among the dozens of intersectional matchups on tap this month. As good as some of the games look on paper...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 9 months 1 week ago
The 2016 college football season had a little bit of everything, to the point where you could fill your bingo card twice over. The greatest opening weekend ever? Definitely. Historic upsets from coast-to-coast? Without a doubt. Shootouts? Check. Seismic shifts as the result of game-changing plays? Double check.   Oh, and overtimes? Yes, there were plenty of those.   It was a...

Ranking the Watchability of the SEC's Bowl Games in 2016

By Cody McClure, 9 months 1 week ago
After posting a 9-2 bowl record last year — and adding yet another national championship to its resume — the SEC appeared to be far and away the best conference in college football. It wasn't just the fact that last year's nine bowl wins set an NCAA record for any conference; it was the way the SEC won. In seven of the 11 total bowl games, SEC teams won by at least 21 points...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
With the completion of college football’s 2016 regular season, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers for the All-America team. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there was no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. The SEC led the way with 25 overall selections, with the Pac-12 and ACC tying...

15 Best SEC College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 9 months 2 weeks ago
This was not your typical season in the SEC, where Alabama dominated the league more than any team in recent memory and the rest of the conference was tightly bunched in a band of mediocrity. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t some good football being played however, and there were once again several classics that will be talked about for years to come.   Related: 15 Best ACC...

Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 and continues until the national championship in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 9. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 17, four writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games dot the first Saturday of action and eight other matchups are...

SEC 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
The 2016 season was an interesting year for the SEC. Alabama enters the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 overall team but every team in the SEC outside of the Crimson Tide had at least four losses.   While the 2016 campaign was largely a down year for most of the SEC, the league’s 14 teams still produced plenty of talent. Alabama led the way on Athlon Sports’ All-SEC team...

SEC All-Freshman Team for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 3 weeks ago
The SEC’s 2016 regular season featured several freshmen making an impact for all 14 teams in a variety of roles. Whether it was Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts guiding the offense by averaging 264.1 total yards per game, or Kentucky's Benny Snell forming one of the league's top backfields with Boom Williams, there was no shortage of talent in the freshmen ranks. On defense, Florida...

20 Players on the Rise Entering College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 3 weeks ago
Breakout players or the emergence of new stars is an annual tradition for all 128 college football teams. However, with the focus shifting to the bowl season, it’s never too early to think about players that could use the postseason as a springboard to an even bigger 2017 campaign. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, Kentucky running back Benny Snell, Stanford quarterback Keller...

LSU Tigers 2016 Team Awards

By Ryan Wright, 9 months 3 weeks ago
The 2016 season was supposed to be one to remember for the LSU Tigers with 18 starters returning after finishing 9-3 a season ago. LSU was not only a preseason national title contender but thought of as perhaps the only team that could take down perennial college football juggernaut Alabama. Once the dust settled on the field, the Tigers ended the year 7-4 ranked No. 19 in the AP poll, a far cry...