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College Football's 12 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 1

By Bryan Fischer, 8 months 3 weeks ago
The first week of the 2016 college football season is finally here and it certainly delivers when it comes to some incredible matchups to open the year. With a non-conference slate that might be the best of all-time when you factor in some of the brand names and Top 25 teams facing off against each other, it’s pretty easy to understand why there’s so much hype for Week 1 around the...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the 2016 Season

By J.P. Scott, 8 months 3 weeks ago
We're now only days away from the kickoff of the 2016 college football season. The polls have been released and most predictions have been made.   Well — most predictions.   Over the last couple of weeks, I brought you my Outrageous Predictions for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. You read them. You shared them. In some cases you had a laugh at their...

West Virginia Mountaineers 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Jeremy Simon, 8 months 3 weeks ago
Last season. the West Virginia Mountaineers posted their best record since joining the Big 12 Conference, going 8-5.   As optimism grows surrounding what may be the most potent offense head coach Dana Holgorsen has had in Morgantown the schedule also is much friendlier than it was in 2015.   Related: West Virginia Mountaineers 2016 Spring Football Preview   While the...

Twitter Accounts Every College Football Fan Should Follow (2016 Edition)

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 3 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season starts on Thursday, Sept. 1 and concludes in early January with the national championship in Tampa, Fla. With kickoff right around the corner, it’s time to fill up your Twitter timelines with information on all of the teams, players, coaches and latest news.   To help you prepare for the 2016 season, Athlon Sports has compiled the best Twitter guide...

Texas Longhorns 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Allen Kenney, 8 months 3 weeks ago
After playing for the national championship at the end of the 2009 season, the Texas football program has slogged through six years that have ranged from putrid to decent. Even if third-year head coach Charlie Strong has the Longhorns back on the path to respectability, it might be tough to tell this year.   Related: Texas Longhorns 2016 Spring Football Preview   Texas’...

College Football's Top 50 Must-See Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 8 months 3 weeks ago
The offseason is over and after several long and excruciating months, college football is back in our lives. Normally any kind of football in late August and early September should be celebrated but 2016 might just feature the most impressive opening weekend ever. Added to a schedule packed with great games from now until December and there should be no shortage of fun on the gridiron this year...

College Football's Top 80 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 3 weeks ago
With players like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and LSU’s Leonard Fournette returning, it’s a crowded year at the top of the player rankings. Watson is Athlon’s No. 1 player for 2016, but the gap between the next set of players is pretty small. While Fournette checks in at No. 2, a strong case could be...

Ranking All 128 College Football Starting Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 3 weeks ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. Finding and developing a reliable starter isn’t easy for some programs, but for other schools, the next quarterback steps in and the offense doesn’t miss a beat.   With the 2016 season just beginning, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams...

Outrageous Ideas for College Football Conference Realignment

By J.P. Scott, 9 months 4 hours ago
College football conference realignment and expansion is all the rage. It's the Hansel from Zoolander of sports. The Big 12 is currently driving the conversation, but truth be told, any article or conversation about expanding or realigning pretty much any conference goes viral. Why?   Because we can't get enough of it.   We, the modern college football fan, were raised on a...

Ranking the Big 12's Top 35 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 6 hours ago
Oklahoma is the heavy favorite to repeat as Big 12 champions in 2016, so it should be no surprise the Sooners dominate in Athlon’s projected top 35 players in the conference. Quarterback Baker Mayfield edges Texas Tech signal-caller Patrick Mahomes for the top spot within the Big 12, with Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine at No. 3 and standout defenders Jordan Thomas (No. 8) and Charles...