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Top 5 Utah Football Newcomers for 2016

By John Coon, 10 months 3 weeks ago
Utah brought in several promising freshman and junior college transfers to shore up key positions on both sides of the ball after graduating several stars at the end of last season. The Utes feature an equal mix of talented veterans and new faces in 2016.   Related: Talented Newcomers Leading Utah's Offense in 2016   Which players new to the program have a chance to be a rising...

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

By Bryan Fischer, 10 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, 10 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, 10 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, 11 months 2 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...

Talented Newcomers Leading Utah's Offense in 2016

By John Coon, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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...