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Top 25 College Football Head Coaches on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 months 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...

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

By Ryan Wright, 1 year 3 months ago
The 2016 season is a “win or go home” affair for LSU head coach Les Miles after avoiding the axe at the end of the last year’s 9-3 campaign. A national championship does not necessarily need to be had but a win against Alabama is needed or a slip through the back door into the College Football Playoff is a must or a new era is likely to begin in Baton Rouge.   Miles, for...

SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 3 months 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, 1 year 3 months 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...

Ranking the SEC Running Back Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 months 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...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 year 3 months 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...

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

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 months 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, 1 year 4 months 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, 1 year 4 months 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...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 months 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...