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Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week 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, 5 months 1 week 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, 5 months 2 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, 5 months 2 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...

Tennessee Volunteers 2016 Team Awards

By Rob McVey, 5 months 2 weeks ago
The hype machine was working overtime for the Tennessee Volunteers prior to the 2016 season. This was supposed to be the year that Tennessee football returned to the national stage as a dominant force in college football. The expectations had been set and anything short of an SEC East title would be deemed a failed season.   While it wasn’t always pretty, Tennessee lived up to its...

Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016: From Must-See to Must-Miss

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s regular season is over and the matchups for the 2016-17 bowl season are set. The bowl slate features 40 matchups and the national championship game to be played on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. The postseason action starts on Dec. 17 with five matchups, including the New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl and New Orleans Bowl. Additionally, there are eight bowl contests before...

College Football Playoff 2016 Matchups and Schedule

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
The teams and matchups for college football’s 2016-17 playoff are set. With no upsets or surprises on Championship Saturday, the top four teams were easy picks for the College Football Playoff selection committee. Alabama claimed the No. 1 overall seed after a perfect 13-0 regular season, with Clemson at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 3 and Washington at No. 4.   As the No. 1 seed,...

College Football Week 14 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Week 14 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. The final regular season weekend produced some entertaining conference championship games, as Penn State rallied from a 28-7 deficit to beat Wisconsin, Clemson held off a tough Virginia Tech team, and San Diego State knocked off Wyoming 27-24 in the Mountain West title game....

2017 NFL Mock Draft: First-Round Predictions

By John Gworek, 5 months 3 weeks ago
It’s never too early for an NFL mock draft, right?   OK, so there’s a lot that we don’t know. We don’t know the draft order, because the standings will see major changes over the next five weeks. We don’t know which coaches will be fired, changing the direction and priority of several franchises. And we don’t know which underclassmen will actually...

Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 14

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2016 regular season concludes with a small, but meaningful slate on Friday and Saturday for Week 14. The action begins on Friday night with the MAC Championship between Western Michigan and Ohio, with the Pac-12 title game between Washington and Colorado kicking off later that evening. With a win over Ohio, the Broncos likely ensure a trip to a New Year’s Six bowl...