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Yes, the Tennessee Volunteers are Deserving of a Top 10 Preseason Ranking in 2016

By Rob McVey, 11 months 2 weeks ago
Athlon Sports has the Tennessee Volunteers ranked in the top 10 in their annual preseason Top 25 rankings for the first time in over a decade, coming in at No. 7. The Vols are also predicted as solid favorites to win the SEC East in 2016. Related: Tennessee Volunteers 2016 Preview and Prediction   While you could build a reasonable case as to why this No. 7 ranking is on...

Tennessee Volunteers 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 11 months 2 weeks ago
Tennessee is the clear favorite in the SEC East and a legitimate playoff contender. The Volunteers return 18 starters from last year’s nine-win team, including quarterback Joshua Dobbs and standout running backs Alvin Kamara and Jalen Hurd. While the ground game is among the best in the SEC, Tennessee needs more out of its passing attack in 2016. New coordinator Bob Shoop inherits a...

Ranking the SEC's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 2 weeks 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...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 2 weeks ago
Kickoff for the 2016 college football season is still over 100 days away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and previews for the upcoming year. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2016 Athlon Sports College...

Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 3 weeks ago
Spring practice has finished for all 14 SEC teams, but the question marks at quarterback for most of the league will continue into the fall. Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly and Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs are easily the top returning quarterbacks in the league, with LSU’s Brandon Harris, Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight and Georgia’s Jacob Eason in the next group. Cooper Bateman...

The SEC's Top 15 Assistant Coach Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 12 months 2 days ago
Another offseason, another busy year in the SEC’s assistant coach carousel. There’s usually no shortage of movement within the league or changes on staffs each offseason, and 2016 brought several moves to the contenders or teams looking to take a step forward in the standings. LSU’s hire of Dave Aranda as the program’s new defensive coordinator is one of the best by any...

Top 25 SEC 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Cody McClure, 12 months 2 days ago
Now that the 2016 NFL Draft has concluded, we might as well move on to 2017, right? After all, it's never too early to look at where the SEC's best players will further their careers.   Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   This year, the SEC had 51 players drafted. For the 10th year in a row, the SEC led the way among its Power Five brethren (Big Ten,...

Ranking the SEC's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Cody McClure, 1 year 3 weeks ago
The SEC sometimes gets criticized for its non-conference scheduling. It certainly doesn't help when the SEC's powerhouses schedule cupcakes in November. But over the past few seasons, the SEC has done a better job of scheduling major opponents outside the conference.   Related: Ranking the SEC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016   Coming into the 2016...

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Linemen on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 1 month ago
Offensive linemen are the most underrated players in college football. The players in the trenches never get enough credit for their performance, but the five blockers up front set the stage for the skill players to have success. Recruiting and developing offensive linemen is never easy. However, there’s always a new wave of stars ready to emerge in the trenches. With the 2016 season...

Ranking the SEC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016

By Cody McClure, 1 year 1 month ago
The SEC usually has some of the nation's toughest schedules. With trips to rowdy venues such as Death Valley, Kyle Field and Neyland Stadium, as well as matchups with respectable non-conference opponents, SEC teams have to earn every win.   Related: SEC 2016 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings   This year is no exception. The West may be as good as it has ever been...