College Football Articles

J.T. Barrett
In 2015, Ohio State's schedule was widely criticized for its perceived weakness and quality of opponents. Flash forward to the 2016 season, and those critiques will not be heard. Of Ohio State's 12 opponents, 10 played in a bowl game last...
Chip Minnich
1 year ago
Josh Rosen
An intriguing race is set to unfold in the Pac-12 this season, as there’s not a clear frontrunner or team projected to finish in the top four and in the mix for a playoff berth. However, while the league may not have a dominant team in place...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Brett Rypien
Boise State and San Diego State are the favorites to meet in the Mountain West title game in early December, and the Broncos and Aztecs feature plenty of representation on the Athlon Sports 2016 All-Mountain West team. The Broncos lead all Mountain...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
The early weeks of the FCS college football season will be energized by the upsets of FBS teams. After all, Cinderella straps on the dancin’ shoes in September too.   Related: 15 Best FBS vs. FCS Football Games in 2016  ...
Craig Haley
1 year ago
Larry Smith
Athlon Sports is celebrating the 50th volume of its inaugural SEC annual this year. Throughout the summer and fall, we’ll look back at some of the players, coaches, teams and images from our early years.   Back then, Florida running...
David Fox
1 year ago
Having a dual-threat quarterback who makes the defense respect his arm and legs is arguably a must for effective offenses in today’s college football. These quarterbacks have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and...
Lance Dozier
1 year ago
Ohio State Buckeyes
Braden Gall and David Fox break down a slow news week in college football.   - Jeremy Foley is stepping down as Florida's Athletic Director. How impressive was his run and was he the first of a new type of AD.   - Ohio State will...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Bret Bielema
If Arkansas is to ever make a run at a SEC West title, 2016 would be the year to do it. The Razorbacks have a lot going for them heading into the season with nine starters back on defense, a very favorable schedule, and their side of the SEC...
Ryan Wright
1 year ago
J.T. Barrett
Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa are projected to be the Big Ten’s top four teams this season, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the Athlon Sports projected All-Big Ten team for 2016. Michigan leads the way with...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Cooper Rush
The balance of power in the MAC clearly resides in the West Division this season, as 38 of the selections on Athlon’s projected all-conference team for 2016 come from the league’s top three teams – Northern Illinois, Toledo and...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Dana Holgorsen
The 2016 season looks to potentially be a breakout campaign for Dana Holgorsen and the West Virginia Mountaineers. With the majority of the offense returning, including quarterback Skyler Howard, expect the Mountaineers to put plenty of points on...
Jeremy Simon
1 year ago
Dale Earnhardt will always be welcome in Ann Arbor after this.   The NASCAR driver unveiled his Wolverine-themed car ahead of the Pure Michigan 400 in August. The No. 88 car will sport the Michigan colors and hope for a win when the...
Jasmine Watkins
1 year ago
Roc Thomas
College football fans, heed the warning — Jacksonville State is no ordinary Football Championship Series (FCS) program. The “other” Gamecocks are the real deal.   Related: Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top 25 for 2016...
Ryan Wright
1 year ago
Chad Kelly
The SEC – college football’s best conference – is never short on talent and features some of the nation’s best players once again in 2016. The balance of power in the SEC is tilted to the West this fall, with 63 of the 108...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Matt Breida
Arkansas State, Georgia Southern and Appalachian State were the top three teams in the Sun Belt last season and open 2016 at the top of predictions for this conference. Considering the strong returning core of talent for the Red Wolves,...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford returns a Heisman Trophy runner-up in Christian McCaffrey, talented playmakers on defense and a stout offensive line. With David Shaw manning the sidelines, the Cardinal have pieces to defend their crown...
Kyle Kensing
1 year ago
The more, the merrier.   The expansion of the FCS playoffs to 24 teams in 2013 has allowed most conferences to put multiple teams into the field.   Last year, eight conferences had at least two qualifiers, led by the Missouri Valley...
Craig Haley
1 year ago
Dalvin Cook
The ACC featured four teams – Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and North Carolina – in Athlon's projected top 25 for 2016, and those four teams are home to a good chunk of the league’s talent this fall. The Tigers lead the...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Greg Ward
Houston, USF and Temple are considered the top three teams and favorites to win the American Athletic Conference in 2016, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the projected all-conference team by Athlon Sports. The Cougars...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Coming into Jim McElwain’s first season in Gainesville, not much was expected of the Florida Gators, especially after finishing a disappointing 7-5 record in 2014. But not only did McElwain and the Gators exceed expectations with 10 wins last...
Antwan Staley
1 year ago
Jabrill Peppers
Every team has that one guy who needs to show up every week and get his job done at the highest level in order for his team to have success. Sometimes that player is simply the most talented one on the team. Often it's the quarterback. Other...
J.P. Scott
1 year ago
Calvin Ridley
Nick Saban doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon when it comes to dominating the college football landscape. Alabama is coming off yet another national championship, and the Crimson Tide look to be loaded with talent once again. It...
Cody McClure
1 year ago
Since 1994, the Southeastern Conference's football championship game has been played inside the Georgia Dome. However, Atlanta has not always served as the site. The first two championship games occurred in Birmingham in 1992 and '93....
John La Fleur
1 year ago
Nick Mullens
WKU cruised to the Conference USA title last season behind quarterback Brandon Doughty and a dynamic offense. However, with Doughty off to the NFL, the gap between the Hilltoppers and the rest of the league should close in 2016. Marshall and MTSU...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Gary Patterson
Before each college football season, Athlon Sports hears from readers wanting to know why one team was favored over another in our preseason rankings. Why this team was ranked so high or that team so low.   Some of these questions are in...
David Fox
1 year ago

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