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Winning vs. Consistency: Surprise! NASCAR, Brian France change tune

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Geoffrey is at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where a batch of storylines lead the series up to the season finale Ford 400. Among them: NASCAR CEO Brian France amending the sport’s domestic violence policy, NASCAR’s changing tune (again) on winning versus consistency, Kevin Harvick’s championship mind games and Carl Edwards’ last ride with Roush Fenway Racing.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Geoffrey is at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where a batch of storylines lead the series up to the season finale Ford 400. Among them: NASCAR CEO Brian France amending the sport’s domestic violence policy, NASCAR’s changing tune (again) on winning versus consistency, Kevin Harvick’s championship mind games and Carl Edwards’ last ride with Roush Fenway Racing.

 

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Florida State Seminoles vs. Miami Hurricanes Game Preview and Prediction

Will the 'Noles remain unbeaten?
Florida State Seminoles vs. Miami Hurricanes 2014 Game Preview and Prediction

Florida State puts its 25-game winning streak and No. 3 spot in college football’s playoff standings on the line Saturday night with a trip to Miami. The Seminoles have controlled this rivalry over the last few years, but the Hurricanes have improved in coach Al Golden’s fourth year and have a three-game winning streak entering Saturday night’s matchup

 

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. LSU Tigers Game Preview and Prediction

Is this the week Arkansas wins a SEC game?
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. LSU Tigers 2014 Game Preview and Prediction

Due to conference realignment, Arkansas and LSU won’t meet on Black Friday anymore, but the rivalry between these two schools still exists with the annual Battle for the Boot. And this year’s meeting still has plenty of intrigue, as the Razorbacks are searching for their first SEC win under coach Bret Bielema, while LSU is looking to bounce back after a tough loss against Alabama in overtime last Saturday.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers Game Preview and Prediction

Expect plenty of points in Athens this week.
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers 2014 Game Preview and Prediction

There’s usually plenty on the line when Auburn and Georgia meet in The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, but there’s a little extra incentive for both teams on Saturday. The Bulldogs hope to enact a little revenge against the Tigers for last year’s last-minute Hail Mary connection and keep their SEC East title hopes alive.

Ranking the NBA’s Best Undersized Players

These guys know how to win big, even though they're smaller

Folk heroes in basketball almost always come in tiny packages. There’s nothing more thrilling to the common viewer than watching a veritable David rise up in a league full of Goliaths. Winning big when you’re small, in a vertically oriented game, is lightning in the NBA.

 

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Game Preview and Prediction

Will the Bulldogs keep its undefeated season alive?
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Game Preview and Prediction

The SEC West is once again the epicenter of a college football weekend. Alabama is usually the team at the top of the SEC West, but Mississippi State has worked its way through the nation’s best division and enters Week 12 as the No. 1 team in college football’s playoff committee rankings. Of course, the Bulldogs stay at No.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Game Preview and Prediction

Melvin Gordon needs a big day against Nebraska.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers 2014 Game Preview and Prediction

November is loaded with critical matchups that will shape conference and national title races, and perhaps no division illustrates that point better than the Big Ten West. Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin are all 4-1 in conference play heading into Week 12. And all three teams are set to play each other over the next few weeks, with 3-2 Iowa also in the discussion.

 

Betting Against the Spread: College Football Week 12 Picks

Each week, Braden Gall offers his top picks of the week.
Betting Against the Spread: College Football 2014 Week 12 Picks

There is no way to sugar coat it. In the big games last weekend, I didn’t perform well, going 2-4 outright and 2-4 against the spread.

 

My top picks didn’t perform much better, going 1-2 in the “real-er” picks. It pushed my season record to 38-38-1. Needless to say, it’s been a down year. My only saving grace is another winning record in the Top 25 (8-6) and a tie with Mitch Light for the best record (86-78-4) among the Athlon pickers.

 

NASCAR Chase Report: Previewing the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Pretenders, contenders and potential championship winners as the Chase concludes in South Florida
Pretenders, contenders and potential championship winners as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

It’s hard to believe the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is about to come to a close, and the first champion to be crowned under the new bracket-style Chase elimination format will happen this Sunday at Homestead Miami Speedway. With the fourth different championship format in 11 years, many were skeptical of how this would play out; after all the 2013 season came a close with NASCAR tossing out drivers who made it (Martin Truex Jr.) and arbitrarily placing drivers into contention (Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman) two days after the final race at Richmond.

Athlon Sports' 2014-15 NCAA Tournament Predictions

From the play-in games, to the top seeds: Our preseason picks for 2015 March Madness
Athlon Sports 2014-15 NCAA Tournament Predictions

Athlon Sports would be the first to tell you to sit back and enjoy the college basketball regular season from start to finish.

 

But let’s face it: The big prize — the only prize, it seems — is the NCAA Tournament. And that’s part of the excitement of the season. Essentially every team has a chance to play in the championship event. Finish in last place in your conference? You’ve got the conference tournament to remedy a lost season.

 

For us, bracketology starts early. Here’s our first projection of the field of 68.

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