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Top 25 College Football Head Coaches on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Whether it’s a player, team or coach, the next big thing is always on the minds of fans for all 128 college football programs. Regardless of the job or program, coaches are always under the microscope and under to pressure to win – and win immediately. With the heavy scrutiny and pressure to win right away, it’s no surprise college football’s coaching carousel never stops...

Pac-12 2016 Preseason Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The Pac-12 is usually home to some of college football's best quarterbacks and high-powered offenses. That trend should hold true once again in 2016, as Washington State's Luke Falk and UCLA's Josh Rosen are two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Additionally, Washington's Jake Browning is poised for a breakout year, with Oregon's Dakota Prukop, Stanford's Keller...

Pac-12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 2 months ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches in the Pac-12 to talk...

Heisman Watch: The Pac-12's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 2 months ago
Consider 2016 the "Year of the Running Back" around the Pac-12. The conference is loaded at a position recently dismissed as expendable at various levels of football, but this current crop of ball carriers around the West refute that notion emphatically.   The Pac-12 features a number of backs capable of bringing the league its second Heisman Trophy in three seasons. Among...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 1 year 2 months ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college football season the fruit of that labor.   Opening week is loaded with blockbuster games and the state of Texas alone may play host to the biggest...

Top 12 Pac-12 Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 2 months ago
Many of the toughest schedules in the 2016 college football season reside out West. A nine-game conference schedule certainly contributes to the degree of difficulty many Pac-12 teams face in the upcoming campaign, but plenty arranged challenging non-conference slates, as well.   In fact, some of the most anticipated non-conference games in the 2016 season feature Pac-12 squads.  ...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor...

5 Reasons Why Utah is the Pac-12 South's Sleeper Team in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The Pac-12 doesn’t have a clear frontrunner to win the conference title in 2016, but there’s no shortage of intrigue surrounding the league. Washington, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA and USC are the early favorites to win the conference and compete for a playoff spot, but with little separation among the top teams, a dark horse contender could emerge.   Utah is coming off its best...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 months ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 50 names, we tried to stick...

Ranking the Big 12 Expansion Candidates

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 months ago
The Big 12 could be expanding by two or four teams in the near future, as the conference’s board of directors on Tuesday authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate and gather information on programs interested in joining the league. The timeline for expansion is expected to move fast, as the new programs could join the Big 12 in time for the 2017 season. While expansion isn’t...