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College Football's Post-Week 8 Playoff Projection

Athlon projects the CFB playoff.
College Football's Post-Week 8 Playoff Projection

The new college football playoff format has added even more intrigue to the 2014 season. Instead of figuring out the top two teams in early December, the focus has shifted to finding four teams to play in the first FBS postseason playoff format.

 

Previewing the Five Best Games in College Football Week 9

New outlooks make for must-watch games in Big 12, Pac-12
Previewing the Five Best Games in College Football Week 9

About a month ago, the schedule for Week 9 of the college football season probably didn’t look all that meaningful.

 

At that time, Baylor and Oklahoma were the clear cut favorites in the Big 12, so games like Texas-Kansas State and West Virginia-Oklahoma State probably carried little weight.

 

Ohio State was still stinging from a loss to Virginia Tech, so a game at Happy Valley probably didn’t carry much buzz.

 

And USC-Utah may have looked like a formality for USC rather than a matchup featuring a Pac-12 South upstart.

Stanford's Offense Still Searching for Answers as Critical Stretch of Season Approaches

David Shaw's team is struggling on offense.
Stanford's Offense Still Searching for Answers Before Showdown With Oregon

Stanford has established a tradition of playing tough defense, the best in the Pac-12, but at some point even the best defensive teams need to find a way to score some points. The days of Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart now seem like distant memories for Stanford football. The Cardinal has to hope the offense can pick things up soon, because a road trip to Eugene, Oregon is creeping up in two weeks.

 

Utah Emerges as Pac-12 South Contender Behind Defense and RB Devontae Booker

Don't forget the Utes in the South.
Utah's Pac-12 South Title Hopes Hinge on Defense and RB Devontae Booker

Two weeks ago, Utah scored a victory over a top 10 UCLA program that let the rest of the Pac-12 know the Utes had finally arrived to compete in the conference. After a bye week, the Utes showed true resiliency by edging Oregon State in double overtime on the road on a Thursday night. This week Utah will once again to make a statement in the Pac-12 as the Utes host USC, another ranked opponent.

Utah's Devontae Booker is Athlon Sports' Week 8 Player of the Week

West Virginia's Tony Gibson and Missouri's Shane Ray.
Utah's Devontae Booker is Athlon Sports' Week 8 Player of the Week

Behind a solid defense and a timely offense, Utah has emerged as a contender in the Pac-12 South. The Utes took a step forward in the division race with an overtime victory over Oregon State on Thursday night, improving to 2-1 in conference play with a huge showdown against USC ahead next Saturday.

California WR Chris Harper Makes One-Handed TD Catch Against UCLA

Check out this nifty one-handed catch.
California WR Chris Harper Makes One-Handed TD Catch Against UCLA

California has significantly improved in Sonny Dykes’ second year, and the offense behind quarterback Jared Goff is one of the best in the Pac-12.

Goff and Chris Harper have developed a nice rapport over the last two years, and Harper kept California’s offense on track against UCLA by catching this ridiculous one-handed touchdown pass in the first half.

Check out Harper’s touchdown catch from Week 8:

 

 

Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies Game Preview and Prediction

Will the Ducks handle UW once again?
Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies Game Preview and Prediction 2014

Washington and Oregon are technically rivals, as less than five hours and 300 miles separate the two Pacific Northwest campuses. But the recent history of this rivalry has been significantly in favor of the Ducks. Oregon has won 10 in a row over the Huskies, with Washington’s last win in this series coming in 2003.

Betting Against the Spread: College Football Week 8 Picks

Each week, Braden Gall offers his top picks of the week.
Betting Against the Spread: College Football 2014 Week 8 Picks

Last week was awful. There is no other way around it.

 

In one group (top picks) I was 1-5. In the “if you must” group, I was 2-2. And in the Top 25, I went a pathetic 3-11-1. My only comfort is that the rest of the Athlon Sports staff failed you as well.

 

So all of that hard work over the last month has gone to waste. It’s time to rebound.

 

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