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Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 6 days 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...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Quarterbacks for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 10 months 1 week ago
Having a dual-threat quarterback who makes the defense respect his arm and legs is arguably a must for effective offenses in today’s college football. These quarterbacks have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play signal-caller seems to possess - speed...

LSU Beware, Jacksonville State is No Ordinary FCS Team

By Ryan Wright, 10 months 1 week ago
College football fans, heed the warning — Jacksonville State is no ordinary Football Championship Series (FCS) program. The “other” Gamecocks are the real deal.   Related: Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top 25 for 2016   Head coach John Grass is entering his third year with the Gamecocks and show no signs of slowing down in 2016. After romping through Alabama high...

SEC Football 2016 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 1 week ago
The SEC – college football’s best conference – is never short on talent and features some of the nation’s best players once again in 2016. The balance of power in the SEC is tilted to the West this fall, with 63 of the 108 selections on Athlon’s projected all-conference team coming from this division. Alabama leads the way with 14 overall selections, followed by LSU...

The Case for Nashville Hosting the SEC Championship Game

By John La Fleur, 10 months 2 weeks ago
Since 1994, the Southeastern Conference's football championship game has been played inside the Georgia Dome. However, Atlanta has not always served as the site. The first two championship games occurred in Birmingham in 1992 and '93. Despite the success of the SEC's title game, another city, Nashville, deserves to host this annual event.   Both Atlanta and Nashville have an...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 10 months 2 weeks ago
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play back seems to...

SEC Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 2 weeks ago
After a two-year drought, the SEC is back on top. Sort of. The SEC really never left its spot as college football’s No. 1 league, but Florida State (2013) and Ohio State (2014) gained control of the national title and prevented the SEC from extending its dominance after winning seven straight titles from 2006-12.   Alabama has won four out of the last seven national titles and is...

Ranking the Toughest Games on LSU’s College Football Schedule in 2016

By Ryan Wright, 10 months 3 weeks ago
Year 11 with the Tigers was almost a curtain call for LSU head coach Les Miles in Baton Rouge. The “Mad Hatter” bumped up his win total in 2014 from eight to nine last season but committed the deadly sin of losing to Alabama — again — a defeat that started a three-game tumble igniting the flames on Miles’ proverbial hot seat.   If history should repeat itself...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 10 months 3 weeks ago
Having a wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field and take the top off the defense is a must for passing attacks. These receivers have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into paydirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play receiver seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great hands. This...

Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 10 months 3 weeks 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...