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Big 12 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Thanks to a dynamic offense and the play of quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma took home the Big 12 title for the second consecutive season. The Sooners finished unbeaten in conference action for the first time since 2004 and could finish inside of the top five of the Associated Press poll with a win over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma State finished second...

Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks 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...

5 Biggest Landslides in Heisman Trophy Voting History

By Aaron Tallent, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Barring a major upset, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is expected to be named the winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy. Even though his Cardinals stumbled a bit towards the end of the regular season, Jackson’s Heisman candidacy was built early on the back of some monster games. And those statistics, combined with his performance in a few marquee games and a slew of...

20 Players on the Rise Entering College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 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...

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

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 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 3 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 3 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....

Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 14

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 4 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...

5 Truths Texas Longhorns Fans Need to Accept

By Aaron Tallent, 5 months 4 weeks ago
On paper, Texas’ decision to fire Charlie Strong and replace him with Tom Herman makes sense. Strong went 16-21 during his time in Austin, becoming the only coach in Texas history to have three consecutive losing seasons. Herman went 22-4 in the same span at Houston and already has built relationships throughout the Longhorn State that can carry over into his new job.   However,...

College Football's Post-Week 13 Bowl Projections

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 28 min ago
College football’s 2016 regular season is down to its final weekend of action. And with just one week remaining, the bowl picture for every game and teams involved is starting to clear. A majority of the matchups won’t be announced until Sunday, Dec. 4 but some clarity about teams and destinations could pop up throughout the week. With that in mind, Athlon Sports will update its bowl...