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2016 Preseason American Athletic Football Predictions


The AAC is ready for a very competitive football season.  We project three teams winning at least 10 games in 2016.  Houston is the team garnering all the attention in the preseason as they are coming off an impressive bowl victory over Florida State. We don’t have the Cougars winning the American Athletic Conference though in our AAC football predictions.

With eight predicted bowl teams, the AAC is gonna be a tough each week.  Who wins the league?  Find out in our 2016 AAC predictions below.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for American Athletic Football:
41 Temple Owls 11 1 7 1
30 USF Bulls 9 3 6 2
76 Connecticut Huskies 7 5 4 4
57 Cincinnati Bearcats 7 5 4 4
60 East Carolina Pirates 5 7 3 5
121 UCF Knights 2 10 1 7
18 Houston Cougars 11 1 8 0
27 Navy Midshipmen 10 2 7 1
36 Memphis Tigers 7 5 4 4
82 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 7 5 4 4
108 Tulane Green Wave 2 10 1 7
113 SMU Mustangs 2 10 0 8

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1. Temple Owls – Ten wins last year including a 27-10 win at Penn State have expecations high for 2016.  The Owls will have a target on them this season but should handle it as the toughest AAC games are at home.  If they can hold off a Penn State team focused on revenge, a undefeated season could happen.

2. South Florida Bulls – With 14 returning starters, the Bulls have high hopes to win the AAC in 2016.  Willie Taggert is preaching caution to his team as he knows, they’re not going to sneak up on anyone this season.  Look for the Bulls to improve upon last season.

3. Connecticut Huskies – UConn’s defense kept them in many gmes last year as the offense struggled mightily.  Nine starters are back on offense which could help.  They ruined Houston’s perfect season late in 2015 and ended up in a bowl.  The Huskies are ready to take a step forward in 2016.

4. Cincinnati Bearcats – After a record setting offensive season in 2015, the Bearcats break in several new starters this year.  Gunner Kiel is back at QB but has a new coordinator.  With a pro-style attack now, numbers will probably be down which means it’ll be tougher to get wins.  With the top two tacklers back, it can try to lean on the defense to pick up the slack.

5. East Carolina Pirates – New HC Scottie Montgomery is focused on balancing out the offense.  The Pirates will have several new starters in 2016 and face a brutal road schedule.  They’re going to have to find an upset on the schedule to get bowl eligible this season.

6. UCF Knights – The Knights can only get better right?  After a 0-12 season in 2015, UCF is trying to rebound from a surprisingly winless season.  Scott Frost has arrived after being Oregon’s offense coordinator.  He plans a spectacular offensive attack similar to the one he ran with the Ducks.  This is a roster still with talent.  Frost’s biggest challenge is building confidence with the team.  They’ll win this year, just not much.


1.  Houston Cougars – Houston thought it was headed toward crashing the college football playoff last season before dropping a game to UConn by 3.  They rebounded and won out including a convincing win over Florida State in the Peach Bowl.  They’ve got to replace several starters but with Greg Ward back at QB, they’re contenders.  A win week 1 against Oklahoma would make them playoff contenders from the start.

2.  Navy Midshipmen – The Midshipmen had a great first season in the AAC in 2015.  They come off a 11 win season but have nearly an entirely new set of starters on offense.  The system should make it an easy transition but they’ll need new playmakers to repeat 11 wins.

3.  Memphis Tigers – Justin Fuente left for Virginia Tech but leaves a team with 14 starters back.  Mike Norvell takes over for Fuente and must replace Paxton Lynch.  Norvell recruited Riley Ferguson, a former Tennessee recruit, to come in and start.  How does Memphis handle the transition?  They’re going back to a bowl but won’t be contenders for the AAC West.

4.  Tulsa Golden Hurricane – With 13 starters back, the Golden Hurricane look to go back to a bowl game after making their first in 2015 in a few years.  They should be competitive on both sides of the ball but with the top tier AAC games hosting the Golden Hurricane this season, it’ll be tough to improve much on last year’s record.

5.  Tulane Green Wave – Willie Fritz takes over at Tulane in 2016 and wants to install the winning attack used at Georgia Southern.  Fritz inherits a team that will get turned around eventually but looking for a winning season right away is a major ask.  The defense should be able to keep them in some games but the offense will take a while to be ready.

6.  SMU Mustangs – Chad Morris should have an offense to help keep them competitive but can the defense keep them from having to win shootouts every week.  For the Mustangs, it’s going to be a long season and the schedule does them no favors.


Temple vs. Houston


Houston Cougars

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2016 Preseason ACC Football Predictions


The ACC has three legit contenders for the college football playoff in 2016.  Clemson nearly brought home the national championship for the conference last year and once again will be in contention.  Florida State and North Carolina will be right there battling for the conference as well.  Who takes the ACC in 2016?  Find out in our ACC football predictions below.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for ACC Football:
8 Florida State Seminoles 12 0 8 0
4 Clemson Tigers 11 1 7 1
37 Louisville Cardinals 9 3 6 2
47 NC State Wolfpack 6 6 4 4
92 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 6 6 3 5
74 Boston College Eagles 5 7 1 7
87 Syracuse Orange 1 11 0 8
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 11 1 7 1
50 Pittsburgh Panthers 8 4 5 3
56 Virginia Tech Hokies 7 5 5 3
58 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 7 5 4 4
55 Duke Blue Devils 5 7 3 5
63 Miami Hurricanes 5 7 3 5
75 Virginia Cavaliers 2 10 0 8


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1. Florida State Seminoles – The Noles are loaded on offense.  Dalvin Cook will be the focal point against for FSU and he can carry them to the ACC Championship and possibly a trip to the playoff.  On defense there are some holes to fill, but Jimbo Fisher has recruited well and simply reloads season after season . The disappointing performance in the bowl game should have the Noles motivated for the 2016 football season.

2. Clemson Tigers – DeShaun Watson is back so Clemson is going to be in every game this season.  He showed in the national championship game, he would rise to the occassion.  The offense has eight starters back and will be potent.  The defense has some question marks.  They lost NFL talent on that side of the ball so huge holes are going to need to be filled.  Talent is there but can they handle the target that will be on their back all season?

3. Louisville Cardinals – Bobby Petrino has a team that could surprise this season.  The Cardinals have sixteen starters back with eight on each side of the ball.  Lamar Jackson should great promise as a freshman and returns at QB.  Davonte Fields, a preseason All-American, leads the defense that makes them contenders.  Look out for the ‘Ville in 2016, this is a dangerous football team.

4. NC State Wolfpack – The Wolfpack are trying to make the leap up to the top of the division.  With eight starters back on defense, it’ll be the strength of the team.  The offense though has a new, inexperienced QB and offensive line.  The Pack will go bowling but a .500 season looks to be their destiny.

5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons – The Demon Deacons bring 15 starters back from a 3-9 team in 2015.  The schedule is much better and should lead them to a bowl game.  The -13 turnover margin hurt last year, but with a more experienced team look for that to be turned around and the Demon Deacons to head to a bowl.

6. Boston College Eagles – The offense simply has to get better.  The defense was outstanding last year yet the Eagles only won 3 games.  Steve Addazio can coach so he’ll have his offense better but expecting a huge turnaround to make them contenders simply isn’t going to happen.  If the Eagles can pull an upset, they could go bowling.

7. Syracuse Orange – The Orange come off a 4-8 season and face one of the toughest schedules in the country.  With 15 starters back they’ll be more competitive, but the record will show more losses.  Dino Babers will get the ‘Cuse headed in the right direction but with this schedule, it’ll be a long season ahead.


1. North Carolina Tar Heels – The Heels were a bit of an under the radar team last season.  A loss in the opener against South Carolina, kept the country from noticing them winning the next 11 and playing in the ACC Championship Game.  The Heels must break in a new QB but with the offensive line back and Larry Fedora coaching, the Heels will be just fine on offense.  Gene Chizik coordinates the defense for the second consecutive season and should have it ready despite the turnover on that side of the ball.  UNC is a good team but not ready to beat the Atlantic Division Champ for the ACC title.

2. Pittsburgh Panthers – Pat Narduzzi is hoping James Connor can make a full recovery from injury and illness to lead his team.  They have several starters back and hope to challenge for a spot in the ACC Championship Game.  Look for another eight win season from the Panthers.

3. Virginia Tech Hokies– Frank Beamer retired last season.  The Hokies are now led by Justin Fuente who was hired away from Memphis.  With eight starters back, it might be easier to transition to Fuente’s offense.  Bud Foster still coordinates the defense so it should be solid again.  They play Tennessee in week 2 so you’ll find out a lot about the Hokies early in the season.

4. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – The Jackets will have many new starters in 2016.  After a 3-9 2015 that might not be a bad thing.  Have ACC defenses finally figured out how to stop their option attack?  It has to get better in 2016.  Bringing back Justin Thomas at QB has to help and they have experience on the offensive line.  The Jackets get back to a bowl after missing one last season for the first time in 18 seasons.

5. Duke Blue Devils – An exciting OT win last year let Duke head to the off-season with eight wins.  Thomas Sirk injured himself during workouts in February and is a question mark to start the season.  They’ve seen changes on the coaching staff so there are questions for Duke, not to mention seeing new starters at over half the positions on the field.

6. Miami Hurricanes – Mark Richt is now the HC at the U.  He played there and fans are excited.  He’s gotta transition this team though.  The 3-4 of Al Goden is out on defense.  The offensive line must improve.  Richt will win with the ‘Canes eventually but this year will see the pains of transition as we don’t think the ‘Canes go bowling.

7. Virginia Cavaliers – Bronco Mendenhall left BYU to take over the program at UVA.  He inherits a team needing direction.  He hopes to bring over the success he had at BYU.  With only 10 starters back, he’s got to get a lot of people to buy in right away and lean on the job.  It’s gonna take some time to rebuild this program in this division.

2016 ACC Championship Game

Florida State vs. North Carolina

2016 ACC Champions

Florida State

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2016 Preseason Big Ten Football Predictions


The Big Ten comes down to two teams this year, Ohio State and Michigan.  They’re the league’s two best and will collide in the season finale with a spot in the league title game and potentially a college football playoff spot on the line.  Big Ten football should be strong this season with 11 bowl teams and 11 preseason All-Americans.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for Big Ten Football:
3 Ohio State Buckeyes 11 1 9 0
11 Michigan Wolverines 11 1 8 1
44 Penn State Nittany Lions 8 4 6 3
28 Michigan State Spartans 8 4 6 3
59 Indiana Hoosiers 8 4 5 4
81 Maryland Terrapins 6 6 3 6
100 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2 10 0 9

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25 Iowa Hawkeyes 10 2 7 2
13 Wisconsin Badgers 7 5 5 4
64 Northwestern Wildcats 7 5 4 5
42 Nebraska Cornhuskers 6 6 4 5
67 Illinois Fighting Illini 5 7 3 6
78 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6 6 3 6
99 Purdue Boilermakers 2 10 0 9
2016 Big Ten East Preview

1. Ohio State Buckeyes – Urban Meyer knows how to win so the lack of returning starters shouldn’t damper expectations.  The roster is loaded with talent and J.T. Barrett is experienced at QB and knowing the job is his alone, look for a big season from him.  A trip to Norman to face the Sooners on September 17 could be the difference between a playoff appearance and a bowl game.

2.  Michigan Wolverines – Jim Harbaugh dominated the offseason by consistently stirring the pot.  He’s recruited well and bring back 14 starters.  The Wolverines schedule sets up nicely for them to make a run to the season finale against the Buckeyes which could have a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game on the line.

3.  Penn State Nittany Lions – Christian Hackenberg is in the NFL so the Nittany Lions will have a unfamiliar signal caller for the new, no huddle spread offense.  The skills positions are talented but how quickly will the new offense take hold?  The defense has a new coordinator as well.  The talent is there to win but they’re not ready to challenge the top teams in the Big Ten yet.  The schedule is favorable with Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State coming to State College. 

4.  Michigan State Spartans – Are the Spartans haunted by the 38-0 beatdown Alabama game them in the college football playoff?  The offense has a lot of new faces so they’ll need to come together quickly.  The defense should again be solid but the Spartans will take a step back record wise in 2016.

5.  Indiana Hoosiers – The Hoosiers got to a bowl last season but lost it OT to Duke.  The key to the season will be at QB.  If coach Kevin Wilson can find a consistent passer, a return bowl trip should easily be attainable.  The Hoosiers have talent and a schedule that should give them the opportunity to take another step forward this season.

6.  Maryland Terrapins – D.J. Durkin is the new coach in College Park, coming over from Michigan.  He doesn’t inherit much talent though and the schedule is brutal.  The Terps need to adjust to the new schemes this season and gain experience but we think they surprise and get to six wins and a bowl game.

7.  Rutgers Scarlet Knights – Rutgers comes off a 4-8 season with 15 starters back.  They’re implementing a new uptempo spread offense which needs a talent to be effective.  The defense welcomes back Darius Hamilton so the front four should be solid.  The schedule is brutal and will make for another losing season.

2016 Big Ten West Preview

1.  Iowa Hawkeyes – The Hawkeyes won the West last year and return most of a defense that will anchor the team in 2016.  While the offense will have several new faces, QB C.J. Beathard returns and should give them the leadership to return to the Big Ten title game.

2.  Wisconsin Badgers – Paul Chryst must improve his offense.  The Badgers won 10 games last year largely because of the defense.  They keep them in games and didn’t make the offense light up the scoreboard.  With several new faces on the defense in 2016, the offense will need to help if they’re to contend.  The schedule is challenging and will keep the Badgers from a double digit win season.

3.  Northwestern Wildcats – The Wildcats surprised last year with 10 wins.  The schedule gets much more difficult in conference with games at Iowa, at Michigan State and at Iowa State all in October.  They’re looking for playmakers this season to help a passing attack and take some of the pressure off the defense.   Northwestern will be good but the record will not be like it was in 2015.

4.  Nebraska Cornhuskers – Tommy Armstrong impressed in the bowl game and will look to continue that into his senior season with the Huskers.  They must find a way to win the close games.  While they went 6-7 last year, they had four games they lose by 3 or fewer points.  Losing last year’s opener on the hail mary to BYU, the Huskers never seemed to recover.  A game hosting Oregon on September 17 will tell us a lot about this year’s squad.

5.  Illinois Fighting Illini – The Illini surprised many by hiring Lovie Smith as their new head coach.  Smith took the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl but how will he do in college football after a 21 year absence?  He has talent on the defense and an experience QB in Wes Lunt.  Can he get them to a bowl game?  It’s gonna take an upset or two but the potential is there.

6.  Minnesota Golden Gophers – The Golden Gophers return 14 starters and don’t see Ohio State or Michigan on the schedule in 2016.  With experienced QB Mitch Leidner, they have a stead hand to lead them in close games.  The Gophers will go bowling.

7.  Purdue Boilermakers – Darrell Hazell is feeling the pressure to win in 2016.  A 2-10 2015 has not inspired confidence so 2016 needs to see a major upgrade.  We just don’t predict improvement for the Boilermakers.  They will continue to struggle and go 2-10.

2016 Big Ten Championship Game

Ohio State vs. Iowa

2016 Big Ten Champions

Ohio State

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2016 Preseason Big 12 Football Predictions


The Big 12 has our preseason #1, the Oklahoma Sooners.  It’s been a long offseason for the Sooners after another blowout postseason loss to Clemson.  Bob Stoops has to be wearing out his team with reminders over that but he’ll like what he sees in our 2016 Big 12 football predictions.

Baylor dominated the offseason news with controversy that led to Art Briles being dismissed as head coach.  How do they respond?

In our Big 12 football predictions, we see seven of the league’s 10 teams going bowling.  It should be the another good year for Big 12 football.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for Big 12 Football:
1 Oklahoma Sooners 12 0 9 0
22 Oklahoma State Cowboys 10 2 7 2
12 TCU Horned Frogs 10 2 7 2
21 West Virginia Mountaineers 9 3 6 3
49 Texas Tech Red Raiders 7 5 5 4
80 Kansas State Wildcats 6 6 4 5
29 Baylor Bears 6 6 3 6
52 Texas Longhorns 5 7 3 6
84 Iowa State Cyclones 4 8 1 8
125 Kansas Jayhawks 1 11 0 9
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1. Oklahoma Sooners – With Baker Mayfield and Samaje Perine back, the Sooners offense should again put up big numbers.  The questions will be on defense as their top playmakers on that side of the ball are gone.  Who steps up to leader the OU defense this season?  They’re the class of the Big 12 again and we predict an undefeated season for the Sooners.

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys – Three straight losses to end last season, after 10 wins to start, showed the Cowboys aren’t quite ready for primetime.  They were blown out by Oklahoma and Ole Miss so they’ve had all offseason to deal with the disappointment of coming up short in the biggest games.  With sixteen starters back, the Cowboys should again be a double digit win team.  Will the defense step up and not make the offense win shootouts seemingly every week?  That’s the key to the 2016 season.

3. TCU Horned Frogs – Nearly an entire offensive team will be replaced in 2016 for TCU.  Texas A&M QB transfer, Kenny Hill, looks to take over the offense and keep things rolling for the Horned Frogs.  They come off an epic bowl comeback win that should have kept the Horned Frogs optimistic for 2016.  The defense will be solid as always under Gary Patterson.  Who makes plays for the offense?  If they can score like they did in 2015, they’re Big 12 contenders.

4. West Virginia Mountaineers – Again for West Virginia, the defense is the concern heading into the season.  Three starters are back from a unit that played well at times last season.  They’re probably going to have to win on offense again this season.  A favorable schedule gives them potential at easily making a bowl and finishing in the top half of the Big 12.

5. Texas Tech Red Raiders – The Red Raiders had a frustrating 2015.  They had outstanding offense and dismal defense.  Giving up nearly 44 points a game, the Red Raiders had to light up the scoreboard to get bowl eligible.  The schedule gives them big games at home but can the defense keep them in games against the top tier of the Big 12?


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6.  Kansas State Wildcats – Bill Snyder has taken criticism throughout his career for a Charmin soft non-conference schedule.  He’s upgraded it this year, at least in week 1 as he takes his Wildcats to Stanford.  With single digit starters coming back from a losing season, fans are cautious about 2016.  He’s got to find playmakers.  He’s always found them in the past but they were lacking last season.

7.  Baylor Bears – Baylor is easily the most difficult team to predict in 2016.  Scandal rocked the program and forced Art Briles out and Jim Grobe in just a few months before the season kicks off.  Will this team be motivated?  Are they focused?  They have the talent to win double digit games but so many questions surround this team.  It will be a lost season for the Bears.

8.  Texas Longhorns – Charlie Strong needs to win this season or he’s out.  They open with Notre Dame in Austin.  A win there can cool down the critics for at least a few weeks.  A change on offense should be a major upgrade since things can’t get much worse than last year’s .  A freshman at QB could make for a rocky start for the Longhorns.

9.  Iowa State Cyclones – New coach Matt Campbell is focused on running the football.  That will be tough for a team that finds itself down in a lot of games against explosive Big 12 competition.  The defense returns eight starters but ranked 107th nationally in 2015.  It must make a drastic improvement for the Cyclones to go to a bowl.

10.  Kansas Jayhawks – What can you say about the Jayhawks 2015 season?  One letter is all you need to describe it, L.  12 games.  12 losses.  Most weren’t close either.  We predict the Jayhawks beat FCS Rhode Island week 1, but is followed by 11 straight losses.

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2016 Preseason Conference USA Football Predictions


Conference USA Football is looking to grab some attention this with games against power 5 conferences.  Western Kentucky and Southern Miss both have chances to knock off SEC foes in Vanderbilt and Kentucky.  If both can get W’s, it’ll help bolster a conference that looks to have seven bowl teams in 2016 according to our Conference USA football predictions.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for Conference USA Football:
31 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 11 1 8 0
69 Marshall Thundering Herd 8 4 6 2
77 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 7 5 6 2
102 Florida Atlantic Owls 6 6 4 4
114 Old Dominion Monarchs 6 6 4 4
105 Florida International Panthers 4 8 3 5
127 Charlotte 49ers 3 9 1 7
51 Southern Miss Golden Eagles 10 2 8 0
62 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 8 4 5 3
124 Rice Owls 5 7 3 5
112 UTSA Road Runners 4 8 3 5
123 UTEP Miners 2 10 1 7
126 North Texas Mean Green 1 11 0 8

1.  Western Kentucky Hilltoppers – The defending Conference USA champs will be breaking in several new starters but with the entire offensive line returning, they should find the transition easier.  The defense will keep them in games so they just need to find new playmakers to help the offense.

2.  Marshall Thundering Herd – With eight starters back, the Herd look to have a stellar offense again this season.  The defense has question marks.  If it can come together, the Herd could surprise and make an appearance in the C-USA Championship Game.  They test themselves outside of conference with games against Louisville and at Pitt.

3.  Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders – Only five home games, make the 2016 season a challenge.  The defense has question marks but Tyrone Nix should get the best out of them.  Can Brent Stockstill and Richie James continue where they left off as freshman?  If they do, C-USA better look out.

4.  Florida Atlantic Owls – FAU installed an up-tempo offense and hopes to improve upon it’s 3-9 2015 season.  They have the playmakers to be tough weekly in conference and should win enough to make a bowl appearance.

5.  Old Dominion Monarchs – ODU enters its fourth year in the FBS and comes off a 5-7 season.  With sixteen starters back, a bowl appearance is in sight.  The key to the season will be QB.  If they get solid play there, they break even and go bowling.

6.  Florida International Panthers – With a three year starter back at QB, the Panthers are hoping he can lead them to a bowl appearance.  FIU has been cursed with inconsistent play so getting everyone to show up on the same Saturday will be the key to the season.  If they do, a bowl isn’t out of the question.

7.  Charlotte 49ers – The 49ers come off their first season in the FBS.  Players now know what to expect week to week and bring back 16 starters.  That experience will help be more competitive but they’ve still got to upgrade talent to compete in C-USA.

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1.  Southern Miss Golden Eagles – We project double digit wins for the Golden Eagles in 2016.  Nick Mullens is back to lead the offense attack that was explosive last season.  The defense improved a great deal last season and looks to continue that in 2016.  They open at Kentucky and could make a big statement with a road win at an SEC opponent to start the season.

2.  Lousiana Tech Bulldogs – The Bulldogs will see a lot of new starters in 2016.  This has become a consistent winning program in the Group of 5.  Anything less than a winning season is a disappoint.  They have the talent to again be winners.  The defense is the key to the season.  If they gel early, this team could equal last year’s 9 wins.

3.  Rice Owls – The offense is trying to rev up and go fast in 2016.  A new QB will take over but being a senior, Tyler Stehling should be able to use his mobility to keep the game moving fast for the offense.  With 15 starter returning, they should be better on the field but a tough schedule that includes Baylor and Stanford in the non-conference makes a bowl trip look unlikely.

4.  UTSA Roadrunners – Frank Wilson comes over to UTSA from an assistant job at LSU and should focus on the ground attack.  Look for him to use a ball control offense and try to control the line of scrimmage.  The defense will need to step up and help them out.  Look for them to improve on last year’s 3-9 record but it’ll take Wilson a couple more years to recruit a roster that can challenge in C-USA.

5.  UTEP Miners –  The Miners are going through changes on defense changing the scheme and with seven starters back should still see some pains in the transition.  The offense will focus on running the ball which means they’ve got to have the defense keep them in games early as playing from behind isn’t their strong suit.

6.  North Texas Mean Green – After only one win last year, they can only go up in 2016 right?  We look for the status quo and one win for the Mean Green.  The schedule is difficult.  It’s loaded with tough road games and some of the upper tier C-USA teams visit.


Western Kentucky vs. Southern Miss


Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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2016 Preseason MAC Football Predictions


Are you ready for another season of MAC-tion?  The MAC is usually one of the most fun conferences to watch season after season.  This year they’ve got several teams that are pretty evenly matched and could lead to great games.  With so many teams rated closely to one another, making our MAC football predictions was not easy.  We call for an end to Northern Illinois dominance.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for MAC Football:

40 Bowling Green Falcons 9 3 7 1
89 Ohio Bobcats 8 4 5 3
97 Buffalo Bulls 6 6 4 4
88 Akron Zips 4 8 3 5
110 Miami (OH) RedHawks 3 9 2 6
109 Kent State Flashes 2 10 0 8
38 Toledo Rockets 11 1 8 0
73 Central Michigan Chippewas 8 4 6 2
66 Western Michigan Broncos 8 4 6 2
79 Northern Illinois Huskies 7 5 5 3
119 Eastern Michigan Eagles 3 9 1 7
116 Ball State Cardinals 2 10 1 7

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1.  Bowling Green Falcons – Dino Babers is gone but Mike Jinks has come aboard and is familiar with the system the Falcons have been running on offense.  He will need to break in a new QB but having a senior to do so should help.  The Falcons are defending MAC Champs and should be back in the hunt again this year.

2.  Ohio Bobcats – The Bobcats return a dozen starters, split equally on both sides of the ball.  The Bobcats will be MAC title contenders this year but the schedule will make it tough for them to win the division and advance.  If Bowling Green slides, the Bobcats will be ready to pounce and take the MAC East.

3.  Buffalo Bulls – The Bulls have nearly an entire new starting crew on offense while the defense brings most starts back.  Look for the Bulls to challenge teams this year but aren’t ready to contend for the MAC title this season.

4.  Akron Zips – Terry Bowden has turned the program around.  Eight wins last year was a breakthrough for the Zips.  A lot of the starters from that team are gone though and that leaves a lot of questions.  Thomas Woodson is back at QB which can help adjust but the entire offensive line is new.  The Zips will need to pull some upsets to get back to a bowl game this year.

5.  Miami RedHawks – The RedHawks return a slew of starters including 4 of 5 on the O-Line along with their QB.  The depth of talent still isn’t there though.  The schedule is going to be a challenge so improving upon last year’s 3-9 record will be difficult.

6.  Kent State Golden Flashes – The Golden Flashes return 17 starters from a 3-9 team in 2015.  Coach Pay Haynes is in a make or break season.  If he can’t turn 17 returning starters into a bowl team, he’s probably out.  QB play will be crucial.  The offense simply has to get better.  They were shut out 3 times last season and also had a 3 point game and two 7 point games.  It’s hard to win not scoring in double digits.


1. Toledo Rockets – Jason Candle is the new head coach and should keep a steady hand on the Rockets.  The offense will feature a new QB but a lot of experience around him.  Toledo should still be able to dominate the line of scrimmage and makes them our pick to win the MAC East.

2.  Central Michigan Chippewas –  With 14 starters back, the Chippewas like their chances.  With Cooper Rush, they’ve got a QB that can win them games which you can’t say for most of the MAC.  The defense should be bolstered by the return of Joe Ostman to the D-line.  If they can pull the upset at Toledo, they could be in the MAC Championship.

3.  Western Michigan Broncos – After back to back eight win season, expectations are high heading to 2016.  The Broncos schedule features two games on the road at Big Ten foes.  Do they treat them as make or break for the season?  If they stay focused, they’re a team that will be in the hunt in the MAC West.

4.  Northern Illinois Huskies – Northern Illinois headed into the off-season with three straight losses.  Injuries at QB led to much of that as they started a walk-on freshman in the MAC Championship.  The schedule is manageable and could propel them back into MAC contention.  Questions though on defense we think hold them back this season.

5.  Eastern Michigan Eagles – With a 3-21 record the past two seasons, bringing back 15 starters isn’t generating a lot of excitement for Eastern Michigan football.  Giving up 42 points a game in 2015, the focus starts there.  Coming off a 1-11 season, they should expect to see an improvement in the record but not much.  They’ll have to focus on not having to score in the mid-40’s to win.

6.  Ball State Cardinals – The defense returns nine starters but a scheme change keeps the questions on that side of the ball.  They’ve got to improve the 5+ rushing yards per carry and 70% completion rate that was allowed last year.  Mike Neu is ready for the challenge.  His offense should be steady but it’s gonna be a year of transition for the Cardinals.

2016 MAC Football Championship Game

Bowling Green vs. Toledo

2016 MAC Football Champions

Toledo Rockets

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2016 Preseason Mountain West Football Predictions


The Mountain West will once again be on the national stage this season as Boise State looks unbeatable in the league.  The conference looks lopsided according to our Mountain West football predictions.  The Mountain division looks to be the strength of the conference and can help bolster Boise State’s chances at a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Broncos should face a good San Diego State team in the MWC Championship.  The Aztecs have a favorable schedule and could be undefeated going to the MWC Championship Game.  The Mountain West Championship Game will get a lot of eyes this season.

The Mountain West should have eight bowl teams this year furthering strengthening their reputation nationally.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for Mountain West Football:

35 Boise State Broncos 12 0 8 0
68 Utah State Aggies 9 3 7 1
65 Air Force Falcons 8 4 5 3
93 Colorado State Rams 6 6 4 4
98 New Mexico Lobos 6 6 4 4
111 Wyoming Cowboys 1 11 0 8
45 San Diego State Aztecs 11 1 7 1
91 San Jose State Spartans 6 6 5 3
95 Nevada Wolf Pack 6 6 4 4
106 UNLV Rebels 4 8 2 6
118 Fresno State Bulldogs 2 10 1 7
115 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 3 10 1 7

1. Boise State Broncos – QB Brett Rypien drew first-team all-conference last season as a freshman.  He returns to lead a very talented, experienced offense.  The defensive line has completed turned over and the secondary appears shaky.  They’ve great at LB but will need the defense to gel so they don’t have to consistently win shootouts.  The Broncos are going to be good and we predict an undefeated regular season.

2. Utah State Aggies

3. Air Force Falcons – They’ve got a ton of experience coming back, especially on defense.  After a trip to the conference championship game last season, the Falcons are hoping to repeat.  The schedule doesn’t do them favors with the season ending at San Jose State and then hosting Boise State.

4. Colorado State Rams – Four wins to finish out the regular season sent the Rams to a bowl game.  The extra bowl practices should help rebuild a team starting several new faces.  Week 1 against rival Colorado could tell you how the season is going to go for Colorado State.

5. New Mexico Lobos – The Lobos went bowling last year for the first time in nearly a decade.  The schedule sets up nicely for them to return to a bowl game.  They need to continue the progress made last season and coach Bob Davie can be building a future contender in Albuquerque.

6. Wyoming Cowboys – The defense is a weak spot.  They’re going to try to run the ball and keep the defense on the sideline as much as possible.  They’ve got to find a balance to scoring and not exposing the defense too much to improve on a 2-10 2015 season.

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1. San Diego State Aztecs – The Aztecs are coming off a record setting 11 win season in 2015.  Donnel Pumphrey at RB will carry the load for San Diego State.  This team is experienced and could head to the conference championship undefeated.  Hopes are and should be high in San Diego.

2. San Jose State Spartans – The Spartans are experienced and have depth.  They’re more talented than people think and get a chance to prove it early with games at Tulsa, Utah and at Iowa State.  Confidence will be high if they can get two of those three before entering conference play.

3. Nevada Wolf Pack – The Pack looks to improve on back-to-back 7-6 seasons.  They’ve got to find a way to keep the lead in the fourth quarter and close out wins.  If they do, the schedule has the toughest teams coming to Rent.

4. UNLV Rebels – Tony Sanchez has people believing in Vegas.  He thinks he’s got the talent but they’ve got to figure out how to win the close games.  If they can, a bowl isn’t out of the question but it’s probably a year away.

5. Fresno State Bulldogs – The Bulldogs played a brutal 2015 schedule.  That led to a 3-9 season with several freshman playing.  They have experience now but the schedule is again difficult.  Special teams have to improve after they allowed five return touchdowns last season.

6. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors – The Rainbow Warriors will be road warriors this season.  Coach Nick Rolovich has shaken things up, trying to reverse the five straight losing season in Hawaii.  It’s hard to see these changes converting into wins this season but after a 3 win year, it can at least foster hope.

2016 Mountain West Championship Game

San Diego State vs. Boise State

2016 Mountain West Champions

Boise State Broncos

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2016 Preseason Pac-12 Football Predictions


Pac-12 Football is headed for a shake-up season.  In our 2016 Pac-12 football predictions, we call for two new teams in the Pac-12 Championship game.  The traditional powers are still contenders but the schedule opens the door for new teams to have a chance at making the title game and eventually have a shot at the college football playoff.  Week 1 will go a long way toward determining if the Pac-12 Champ can make the college football final four.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for Pac-12 Football:

17 Washington Huskies 10 2 7 2
7 Stanford Cardinal 9 3 7 2
24 Oregon Ducks 8 4 5 4
43 Washington State Cougars 6 6 4 5
26 California Golden Bears 6 6 3 6
103 Oregon State Beavers 2 10 1 8
19 UCLA Bruins 11 1 9 0
32 Utah Utes 9 3 6 3
15 USC Trojans 7 5 5 4
53 Arizona State Sun Devils 7 5 4 5
61 Arizona Wildcats 5 7 2 7
83 Colorado Buffaloes 3 9 1 8

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2016 Pac-12 North Preview:

1. Washington – Chris Peterson’s third season starts with high hopes and a ton of returning starters.  This is still a young team but it has experience.  The schedule is manageable and should set them up to make a run at the Pac-12 Championship.

2.  Stanford Cardinal – David Shaw has shown the ability to reload season after season after inheriting a talented program.  A new QB will take the helm at Stanford but this season rests on superstar Christian McCaffrey.  He will be the focus of opposing defenses and will keep the Cardinals in the hunt for the Pac-12 title.  Can the Cardinals survive the toughest September in college football with games against Kansas State, USC, at UCLA and at Washington?

3.  Oregon Ducks – Dakota Prukop, a transfer from Montana State, has been brought in to QB the Ducks in 2016.  How quickly does he fit into the offense?  That’s the question for the Ducks that will be filling holes all over the field.  Look for them to lean on All-American Royce Freeman early until Prukop is comfortable.

4.  Washington State Cougars – After a 9-win season, hopes are high for the Cougars.  Mike Leach brings back Luke Falk at QB, who should be poised for another big season.  The Cougars are going to be a tough game for everyone on their schedule and could wreck rival UW’s season in the finale.

5.  California Golden Bears – Sonny Dykes has to break in a new QB and receiving corps for the Bears.  The toughest game on the schedule come at home which give them a shot but Dykes is still building a program at Cal.  They’ll be back in a bowl but aren’t quite ready to challenge for the title in the Pac-12 North.

6.  Oregon State Beavers – The transition to a 3-4 defense last year was brutal for the Beavers.  They have several new starters on that side of the ball in 2016 but will that mean improvement?  The Beavers are headed for another long season after tanking 115th in scoring offense and 114th in score defense last season.

2016 Pac-12 South Preview:

  1.  UCLA Bruins – All eyes are on Josh Rosen again.  He was a Freshman phenom last season.  He leads an offense that’ll be breaking in several new faces around him.  The defense is going to have to improve against the run.  They bring back most of last year’s starters along with Eddie Vanderdoes who was lost to injury last year.  He should help bolster that run D and make the Bruins contenders for a Pac-12 football championship.

2.  Utah Utes – The Utes should again have a stout defense but will the offense have the fire power to make them contenders?  A new starter at QB leaves questions but the return of Joe Williams gives them a chance.  The schedule has most of the big games at home.

3.  USC Trojans – The Trojans offense will have a new QB but he’s surrounded with tremendous talent.  An offensive line that returns in tact should help the new QB.  The defense has holes to fill in the front seven but the secondary should be a strength.  The schedule is loaded with difficult road games that’ll keep USC from becoming Pac-12 football champions in 2016.

4.  Arizona State Sun Devils – The Sun Devils had a trouble finishing off games last season and led to a 6-7 finish.  The offense will have a lot of new faces including at QB.  The defense will still be aggressive but try to cut down on giving up the big passing plays that led to giving up over 33 points a game in 2015.

5.  Arizona Wildcats – Rich Rodriguez returns the majority of starters on offense and defense.  However, RichRod has brought in a new defensive staff and scheme which could make another bowl trip difficult against a challenging schedule.  They’ll be tested right away against BYU in week 1.

6.  Colorado Buffaloes – The Buffs have experience and expectations are the team will take steps forward this season in Mike MacIntyre’s fourth.  The schedule is tough so the Buffs could be much better but the record won’t reflect that.  Expecting a bowl game against that schedule is just unrealistic in 2016.

2016 Pac-12 Football Championship Game:

UCLA vs. Washington

2016 Pac-12 Champions:

Washington Huskies

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2016 Preseason SEC Football Predictions


The SEC is back to being on top of college football after Alabama won the National Championship last season.  The Tide lost Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry but the cupboard is not bare.  They’re loaded with talent and will need to guys to step into new roles on the team if they’re to repeat as SEC Football Champions.

There were coaching changes in the SEC.  Mark Richt is out at Georgia while Kirby Smart left Alabama to become the head man in Athens.  Both of the SEC’s Columbia’s have new coaches as Gary Pinkel of Missouri and Stever Spurrier of South Carolina both resigned last year.  Missouri promoted defensive coordinator and alum Barry Odom to the top job.  South Carolina replaced one former Florida head coach with another in Will Muschamp.

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2016 Predicted Records and Standings for SEC Football:

23 Georgia Bulldogs 9 3 6 2
14 Tennessee Volunteers 10 2 6 2
34 Florida Gators 7 5 5 3
70 Missouri Tigers 5 7 2 6
71 Kentucky Wildcats 5 7 2 6
85 Vanderbilt Commodores 3 9 1 7
72 South Carolina Gamecocks 3 9 1 7


1. Georgia Bulldogs – Kirby Smart is the new top dog in Georgia after Mark Richt was let go last season.  Smart inherits a talented squad and a favorable schedule that leads them to the SEC Championship game in 2016.

2. Tennessee Volunteers – The Vols are the most talented they’ve been since Phil Fulmer’s best days in Knoxville.  They’re headed to a 10 win year but a tough SEC schedule including a game at Athens keep them from a trip to the conference championship game.

3.  Florida Gators – QB Will Grier’s performance enhancing drug suspension last season derailed a season that had great potential.  They lost their last three games of the year only scoring 23 total points.  Grier is gone so someone will have to become a playmaker if the Gators are to become contenders in the SEC East this season.

4.  Missouri Tigers – The Tigers come off a tumultuous season that saw protest and resignation.  Gary Pinkel has handed the reigns to Barry Odom in Columbia.  Odom shook the staff up.  The defense kept them in most games but the offense was pathetic most of the season.

5.  Kentucky Wildcats – Mark Stoops is expected to make a step forward this year.  The Wildcats have talent but the schedule isn’t doing them many favors.  To make a bowl, they’re going to have to rise up and pull off a road upset or two.

6.  Vanderbilt Commodores – Can Derek Mason keep making progress at Vanderbilt?  His defense improved a great deal last season but the offense is still struggling.  It’s got to get better to have a chance at getting to a bowl game.

7.  South Carolina Gamecocks – The rebuilding process is underway at South Carolina.  The Gamecocks saw Steve Spurrier resign mid-season and five straight losses to end the year at 3-9.  Will Muschamp was brought in to get them headed back in the right direction but an inexperienced team is going to make it a long season in 2016.


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9 LSU Tigers 11 1 7 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 11 1 7 1
16 Arkansas Razorbacks 9 3 6 2
5 Ole Miss Rebels 9 3 5 3
20 Mississippi State Bulldogs 9 3 5 3
48 Auburn Tigers 5 7 2 6
39 Texas A&M Aggies 5 7 1 7


1. LSU Tigers – Hopes are high in Baton Rouge this season.  They bring a very experienced team into the season and have the talent to compete with anyone in the country.  The question again is at quarterback.  Can Brandon Harris make plays down the field?  If he does, Les Miles could add to his trophy case.

2.  Alabama Crimson Tide – It’s expected the Tide will be title contenders every season under Nick Saban.  The defending champs have the talent to play with anyone but against must break in a new QB.  The schedule is difficult and will lead the Tide to not making an appearance in the SEC Championship this season.

3.  Arkansas Razorbacks – Brett Bielema’s squad returns the defense nearly in tact.  They’ll break in a new QB as Austin Allen takes over for his brother Brandon Allen.  Bielema has inexperience on the offensive line but he usually get a great performance out of that unit season after season.  The Hogs have the schedule to be contenders.

4. Ole Miss Rebels – The Rebels return Chad Kelly at QB but will be breaking in young players on the O-Line.  They lost talent to the NFL last year on both sides of the ball but look to have young talent ready to step up.  Are they ready for the SEC?

5.  Mississippi State Bulldogs – Dak Prescott is gone and that leaves a giant hole to fill in the Bulldogs’ offense in 2016.  Dan Mullen might need to lean on his defense a little more than in the past to keep his team in games.  The Bulldogs aren’t going to be contenders this season but will go to a bowl game.

6.  Auburn Tigers – Guz Malzahn’s has a roster that should be able to keep them in games in 2016.  Do they have the leadership to win close games?  Carl Lawson is a force on defense and should draw enough attention to allow his teammates to make plays.  The Tigers are still a year away from getting back in the hunt in the SEC West.

7.  Texas A&M Aggies – Kevin Sumlin lost his top two passers to transfer last year.  He does have former Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight ready to take the helm for the Aggies.  With Christian Kirk and Ricky Seal-Jones to throw to, Knight has weapons ready to go.  The defense is lead by superstar Myles Garret.  The Aggies are talented but the schedule is gonna make it tough tomake a bowl game.


It’ll be LSU against Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

2016 SEC Champions:  LSU Tigers

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2016 Preseason Sun Belt Football Predictions


The Sun Belt looks to be very competitive this season.  The league has non-conference match-ups that can help legitimize them and we’re calling for the Sun Belt to knock off a Power 5 this year as Appalachian State will take down the Miami Hurricanes.  Here are our Sun Belt Football predictions for 2016.

2016 Predicted Records and Standings for Sun Belt Football:
54 Georgia Southern Eagles 9 3 8 0
46 Appalachian State Mountaineers 10 2 7 1
96 Troy Trojans 8 4 6 2
86 Arkansas State Red Wolves 6 6 5 3
90 Georgia State Panthers 7 5 5 3
122 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 5 7 3 5
104 New Mexico State Aggies 3 9 2 6
107 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 3 9 2 6
117 South Alabama Jaguars 3 9 2 6
120 Idaho Vandals 5 7 2 6
128 Texas State Bobcats 3 9 2 6

2016 Sun Belt Football Preview

1. Georgia Southern Eagles – Tyson Summers takes over for the Eagles as head coach and brings back and two experienced QB’s.  Summers wants to get a better passing game so look for the ball in the air more so finding a QB to do that hopefully won’t be difficult.  The defense is experienced along the line and make the Eagles our favorites to win the Sun Belt in 2016.

2. Appalachian State Mountaineers – A lot of the 11-2 team from 2015, returns for the Mountaineers.  A tough non-conference schedule includes at Tennessee to start the season and then a home game against Miami on September 17.  The Mountaineers are a team to watch in 2016.

3. Troy Trojans – Troy hasn’t had a winning season since 2010.  Coming off a 4-8 2015, the Trojan return double digit starters.  The schedule gives them opportunities to reach a bowl game and jump up to the upper echelon of the Sun Belt.

4.  Arkansas State Red Wolves – The Red Wolves will be breaking in a new signal caller to the offense that lead the Sun Belt last season.  ASU’s eight defensive touchdowns will be hard to duplicate this year.

5.  Georgia State Panthers – The defense will be the focus this year.  It made big strides from 2014 to 2015 and with nearly all starters back, it’ll again be expected to improve in 2016.  If they can get good play from an inexperienced QB, the Panthers could surprise.

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6.  Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks – The Warhawks have a lot of new faces starting on defense and a new scheme.  Matt Viator comes over from McNeese State to take over in Monroe.  He had great success there and will look to make adjustments right away and catch some Sun Belt teams by surprise in his first season.

7.  New Mexico State Aggies – The Aggies are the most talented they’ve been in years, if not decades.  They need to get improved special teams if they want to make the leap to a bowl team.  A bowl is probably a year away, but look for NMSU to be improved in 2016 though the record might not show it.

8.  Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns – The Ragin Canjuns return several starters on both sides of the ball.  Will that mean more wins from a group that went 4-8 last season?   They bring in a sophomore QB, Jordan Davis, and will need him to hit some plays down the field to keep defenses from consistently stacking the line to stop Elijah McGuire.  The defense has to improve.  Even with starters back, there could be changes to get new players on the field to improve.

9.  South Alabama Jaguars – Teams are going to stuff the box and make the Jags try to beat them passing.  Can they do it?  The defense is seeing a scheme change.  It’s a transition year for the Jags so look for them to take a step back record wise.

10.  Idaho Vandals – The Vandals are experienced on offense but will that help them improve from a 4-8 team in 2015?  The experience can help win close games they couldn’t close out last season.

11.  Texas State Bobcats – The Bobcats took steps back last season going 3-9.  Returning only a handful of starters, will they get an improvement?  They’re trying to chance the culture and build a program there.  We rank the Bobcats 128 out of 128 college football teams entering the 2016 season.

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