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Outrageous Ideas for College Football Conference Realignment

By J.P. Scott, 9 months 47 min 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...

Talented Newcomers Leading Utah's Offense in 2016

By John Coon, 9 months 1 day ago
Losing a four-year starter at quarterback, a dominant running back and two leading receivers can spell trouble for most college football teams. Utah faces this exact scenario entering the 2016 season. It raises some familiar questions about the state of the Utes' offense and whether or not Utah can improve on that side of the ball.   Related: Utah Utes 2016 Preview and Prediction...

The Pac-12's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 9 months 2 days ago
The 2016 season marks the 10-year anniversary of the Pac-12 becoming the first major conference to implement a nine-game league schedule. A rigorous conference slate has helped maintain rivalries, and often resulted in Pac-12 teams navigating some of the most challenging and most entertaining schedules in college football.   The upcoming campaign is no exception. In fact, the conference...

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 days ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.   Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions for the...

College Football Poll Watch: Iowa Disrespected Early, Oklahoma and Utah Underrated

By J.P. Scott, 9 months 3 days ago
The first AP Top 25 Poll of the 2016 college football season was released on Sunday.   Everything went basically as planned in the top 10, with Alabama and Clemson landing in the top two spots based on the accomplishments of their 2015 rosters, Tennessee cracking the first 10 based on the "this is their year" hype bump, and Notre Dame landing in the top 10 because...

Ranking the Pac-12's Top 35 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 3 days ago
The Pac-12 is known for its high-scoring offenses and dynamic skill players, and with the likes of Oregon running back Royce Freeman, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returning, this league is going to have its share of fireworks on offense once again. However, the Pac-12 has a solid group of playmakers returning on defense, including Washington...

Utah Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

By John Coon, 9 months 1 week ago
Utah made major strides in the Pac-12 each of the past two seasons. The Utes reached a new pinnacle last fall, putting together a 10-win season for the first time since 2010 and tying for the Pac-12 South Division title. Can Utah finally step forward and play for the Pac-12 title this December?   Related: Utah Utes 2016 Preview and Prediction   Defensively, few teams will be able...

Predicting the Pac-12's Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 9 months 1 week ago
An oft-echoed sentiment around Pac-12 country suggests that any week, just about any team in the conference can beat the rest. Though Oregon State faced some hard times in Gary Andersen's first season at the helm, going winless in the 2015 league slate, and Colorado's faced some lean years since joining five years ago, the coming campaign should be the most tumultuous.   Related:...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Pac-12 in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 9 months 1 week ago
Ask 10 college football writers and analysts around the country which team is going to win the Pac-12 in 2016 and you're likely to get at least six different answers. You've got two teams that aren't very good and 10 others that could finish anywhere from 6-6 to 11-1 depending on friendly bounces and bad breaks. You've also got five or six teams with realistic Heisman Trophy...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation, college football quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce. Good quarterback play or improvement at the position could be the difference between winning a national title or finishing outside of the playoff mix.   Related: Ranking All 128 College Football...