American Athletic Preview 2016: Ranking The Nonconference Games

CFB Huddle's American Athletic Preview Week turns focus outside the AAC and to the ACC, Big 12, Mountain West, MAC. From these conferences come opponents in some of the AAC's most promising non-league dates. Nonconference play contributed to the positive perception of the American a year ago: Houston's defeats of Louisville and Vanderbilt, Memphis routing…

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Defense 2016

Tyler Matakevich rose from All AAC Defense to national defensive player of the year last season. The Temple Owls linebacker is NFL-bound, leaving a spot for another American Athletic defensive standout to reach the pinnacle this year. ALL-AAC 2016 DEFENSE Among the great stories of the American's rise a season ago: Temple's emergence. The Owls…

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Offense 2016

The Preseason All AAC nominees spotlighted as part of the CFB Huddle season preview series may not include many household names -- not yet, anyway. But the emergence of stars like Keenan Reynolds and Paxton Lynch a season ago proved the star power residing in the American Athletic Conference. This year's crop is rife with…

American Athletic Conference Preview 2016: Prologue

Teams from around the American Athletic Conference last season adopted #AmericanRising, a Twitter hashtag that perfectly described the state of the league's football in 2015. Commissioner Mike Aresco's declaration at AAC Media Days in August that the league was striving to make the Power Five the Power Six essentially called the American's shot. American teams…

Big 12 Expansion Candidates: Names To Know

Big 12 expansion may not be inevitable -- the University of Texas reportedly has issues, and it's well established that the Longhorns wield more clout than much of the conference. Nevertheless, as the din of conference realignment grows, and nonsensical arguments contingent on seemingly arbitrary percentages gain traction, the possibility of Big 12 expansion has…

NCAA Tournament Teams Suited for College Football

Every March, the NCAA Tournament attracts casual fans whose sports interest typically resides elsewhere for the other 11 months of the year. For college football fans, some of the teams that made the 2016 NCAA Tournament might seem foreign. This year's Field of 68 featured 14 universities with Football Championship Subdivision programs, including 2015 FCS…

5 For Friday: Group of Five Players to Know in 2016

Everyone loves a good list, right? For you fine Huddle readers who do, a warm welcome to 5 For Friday. Every Friday, CFB Huddle is highlighting five people, places, moments and topics around this great sport. The inaugural installment looks at Group of Five players perhaps under the radar ahead of the 2016 season, and…