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College Football's Top 30 Games of 2014

Athlon ranks the most exciting and dramatic college games of the year.
College Football's Top 30 Games of 2014

Here are the 30 best, most entertaining, most dramatic and most important Power 5 football games of the 2014 season:

 

1. (2) Florida St 31, (5) Notre Dame 27

Kentucky Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins Preview and Predictions

Alex Poythress' injury puts John Calipari's platoon plans to the test
Kentucky Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins Preview and Predictions

In an honest moment, UCLA coach Steve Alford might roll his eyes at Kentucky’s current dilemma heading into Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic in Chicago.

The Wildcats lost junior forward Alex Poythress for the remainder of the season a week ago to a torn ACL. The injury means Kentucky coach John Calipari must either find a 10th man to play in his unconventional platoon system or simply deal with a nine-man rotation filled with McDonald’s All-Americans and NBA prospects.

Alford only wishes he could sympathize with that problem.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview and Prediction: Western Michigan vs. Air Force

The Broncos and Falcons meet on the blue turf in Boise.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview and Prediction: Western Michigan vs. Air Force

Two of the nation’s most improved teams – Air Force and Western Michigan – meet for the first time in program history in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Falcons and Broncos each improved their win total by seven games last season and scored some impressive wins in the process.

Las Vegas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Utah vs. Colorado State

Travis Wilson leads Utah back into the postseason.
Las Vegas Bowl Preview and Predictions: Utah vs. Colorado State

Not many bowl games feature two teams that have met 79 previous times but that is the case when former conference rivals Utah and Colorado State meet on Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Utes own the series over Rams (55-22-2) and is 6-1 against the Colorado State under Kyle Whittingham — the only loss came in Whittingham’s first season in Salt Lake City.

 

Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview and Prediction

Blake Bortles and the Jaguars host the Titans in a matchup of 2-12 teams jockeying for draft position
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview and Prediction

If you’re looking forward to watching tonight’s matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars on the NFL Network, you’re either a Draftnik who wants to see who’ll have a shot at the top pick; you have a son on one of the teams; or you have a serious gambling problem.

 

New Mexico Bowl Preview and Prediction: Utah State vs. UTEP

The Miners take on the Aggies in Albuquerque.
New Mexico Bowl Preview and Prediction: Utah State vs. UTEP

The last two New Mexico Bowls featured over 90 points in each game, but this year’s meeting between Utah State and UTEP is expected to have a decidedly different outlook. The Aggies own one of the top defenses in the Mountain West by limiting opponents to 20.8 points per game, while the Miners led Conference USA in time of possession and averaged 26.6 points in league play this year.

Pac-12's Top 15 Games of 2014

Athlon ranks the most memorable and dramatic Pac-12 games of the year.
Pac-12's Top 15 Games of 2014

The SEC still might be the best league in college football but no conference had more fun in 2014 than the Pac-12.

 

Week after week, the Pac-12 delivered with elite talent, high-quality coaching and dramatic finishes — both in conference and out. Not even the powerful SEC West could match the theater that the Pac-12 South had to offer this year. And anytime Oregon took the field, it was must-see TV.

 

New Orleans Bowl Preview and Prediction: Nevada vs. UL Lafayette

Nevada’s Cody Fajardo is one of two players in FCS history with 9,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing in his career
New Orleans Bowl Preview and Prediction: Nevada vs. UL Lafayette

The 2014 bowl season will kick off in the Big Easy with UL Lafayette taking on Nevada in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. This marks the fourth straight season UL Lafayette will end its season playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as the Ragin’ Cajuns have won the past three New Orleans Bowls. For Nevada this represents the Wolf Pack’s ninth bowl invite in the past 10 years.

 

12 Coaching Candidates to Replace Paul Chryst at Pittsburgh

Chryst left Pittsburgh for Wisconsin.
12 Coaching Candidates to Replace Paul Chryst at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is looking for its fourth head coach in five seasons after Paul Chryst was hired to replace Gary Andersen at Wisconsin. Chryst’s move to the Big Ten comes as no surprise, as the third-year coach is a Madison native and worked on the Badgers’ staff in 2002 and again from 2005-11. In three seasons as Pittsburgh’s head coach, Chryst went 19-19 and guided the program to three bowl appearances.

 

Oregon's CFB Playoff Hopes Suffer Setback With Knee Injury to CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Ekpre-Olomu will miss the remainder of the season.
Oregon's CFB Playoff Hopes Suffer Setback With Knee Injury to CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Oregon’s hopes of winning the college football national championship took a hit on Wednesday, as reports indicated top cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a significant knee injury in practice.

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