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College Football's Most Improved Teams from 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season concluded on Monday night in Tampa, Fla., as Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 to take home the program’s first title since 1981. While the party in Death Valley won’t end anytime soon, plenty of other programs had seasons to remember in 2016.   With every game officially in the books, it’s time to take a look back at last year’s...

College Football's 2016-17 All-Bowl Team

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2016-17 bowl season is officially over. Monday night's championship game featured a thriller between Alabama and Clemson, as the Tigers scored in the final seconds to knock off the Crimson Tide from the top spot. In addition to the national championship, the Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State and the Orange Bowl matchup with Florida State and Michigan were...

Predictions for Every Remaining College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 days ago
College football’s 2016-17 bowl slate has reached its halfway point. With the games from Dec. 27 completed, 20 games are in the books and 20 bowl contests remain, with the national championship also to come on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. While just 21 games are left in the college football season, there are several high-profile matchups on the upcoming slate. Ohio State-Clemson and Alabama-...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-Freshman Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
Every college football season is a new opportunity for the true or redshirt freshmen players on 128 FBS teams to make a statement. While each year always produces a handful of freshmen standouts, it seems more first-year players are making an impact at a high level. The 2016 season produced plenty of standouts in the freshmen ranks, including quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (Alabama),...

Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: Maryland vs. Boston College

By Adam Kurkjian, 4 months 1 week ago
While this may not be the sexiest matchup of the college football bowl season, it carries a good bit of weight for each team as the two put a bow on their 2016 campaigns.   For Boston College, the Eagles had to deal all season with the possibility that an extra loss here or there could result in the firing of head coach Steve Addazio. After posting a winless record in ACC play in 2015,...

Big Ten All-Freshman Team for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten had a standout year on the gridiron, as Ohio State made the College Football Playoff as the No. 3 seed, and Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan finished inside of the top 10 of the final poll. While the Buckeyes have a shot to win it all in January, the future of the program is in good hands with seven freshmen earning a spot on Athlon’s Freshman All-Big Ten team for 2016....

Betting Against the Spread: Best Bets for December Bowl Games

By Matt Josephs, 4 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s bowl season usually features some fantastic matchups and intriguing situations. It's also one of the toughest times to wager potentially with so many factors to consider.   Related: Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016 From Must-See to Must-Miss    First off is motivation and that's the most important. There are some teams that...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 2 weeks 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 Big Ten’s Bowl Games in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 4 months 2 weeks ago
This bowl season you will be hard-pressed to miss the Big Ten in action. A total of 10 of the 14 teams in the Big Ten will be playing in bowl games this year, including four in New Year’s Six bowl games, highlighted by Ohio State in the College Football Playoff and conference champion Penn State in the Rose Bowl.   Related: Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016 From Must-...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 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...