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NASCAR Chase Report: Previewing race No. 7 in Martinsville

Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase hits Martinsville
Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase hits Martinsville

The one thing the 2.66-mile behemoth that is Talladega Superspeedway and the half-mile paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway have in common is the reversal of fortunes each potentially delivers. After raising the ire of fans and the garage (Matt Kenseth, in particular) alike two weeks ago in Charlotte, Brad Keselowski faced virtually no other option but to pull a Jake Taylor in Major League and win the whole f___in’ thing at Talladega. Keselowski did just that — which was no small task — in rather dramatic fashion.

Comparing All 2014-15 Preseason College Basketball Rankings and Picks

We sized up how our rankings lined up with other preseason publications
Comparing All 2014-15 Preseason College Basketball Rankings and Picks

For Athlon Sports, any offseason is one of our favorite times of the year.

 

Of course, we enjoy the season and March Madness as much as any college basketball fan, but the bread-and-butter for Athlon since 1967 has been helping readers prepare for the season, helping them get to know the teams and players they need to watch.

 

West Virginia's Kevin White on Pace to Join Elite Group of Receivers

Patience pays for receiver ready to join some of the Big 12's best
West Virginia's Kevin White on Pace to Join Elite Group of Receivers

West Virginia wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway was blocked from seeing the play of the day from his new star player on Saturday against Baylor.

 

Even from his spot in the press box, he missed the replay on the big screen at Milan Puskar Stadium.

 

After the game, he asked the source, Kevin White, about the 12-yard go-ahead touchdown catch against Baylor in the fourth quarter.

 

“I asked him if he caught that one-handed,” Galloway said. “He said ‘You know I did.’”

 

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos Preview and Prediction

Fresh off of setting another record, Peyton Manning and the Broncos shift their attention to trying to beat the Chargers in this key AFC West clash
San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos Preview and Prediction

Week 8 of the NFL slate kicks off with tonight’s AFC West divisional matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos on CBS/NFL Network. This game features a pair of MVP-candidate quarterbacks in San Diego’s Philip Rivers (17 TDs, three INTs) and Denver’s Peyton Manning (510 career TD passes).

 

Big Ten Week 9 Preview and Predictions

Ohio State's J.T. Barrett faces tough road matchup against Penn State
Big Ten 2014 Week 9 Preview and Predictions

The ninth week of the college football season presents a pair of intriguing coaching matchups — one will be the first matchup in a new coaching rivalry, the other likely is the final meeting.

 

In State College, two of the most aggressive recruiters in the country will face off in the first meeting between Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Penn State’s James Franklin. The two never crossed paths at their former jobs in the SEC as Meyer left Florida a year before Franklin landed at Vanderbilt.

 

Big 12 Week 9 Preview and Predictions

Athlon Sports previews Week 9 of the Big 12 season.
Big 12 2014 Week 9 Preview and Predictions

The Big 12 probably needs this type of weekend. Not to take anything away from West Virginia visiting Oklahoma State — which could be a battle for first place — but this entire league needed to catch its breath after last weekend.

 

SEC Week 9 Preview and Predictions

Ole Miss tangles with the Tigers in Baton Rouge
SEC Week 9 Preview and Predictions

The Week 9 slate is highlighted by Ole Miss’ trip to Baton Rouge to face an LSU team that has won two straight games. Elsewhere, Kentucky returns home after a sobering loss in Baton Rouge to host the No. 1 team in the nation, Mississippi State; Alabama heads to Tennessee seeking its eighth straight win over the Volunteers; Auburn hosts a South Carolina team that is seeking to get back to .500 in the SEC; and Missouri will look to improve to 3–1 in the league against struggling Vanderbilt.   

Pac-12 Week 9 Preview and Predictions

Athlon Sports previews Week 9 of the Pac-12 season.
Pac-12 2014 Week 9 Preview and Predictions

It might not look like a marquee weekend in the Pac-12, as only one game will feature two ranked teams, but Week 9 could be one of the biggest of the season out West.

 

Contenders Oregon, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA are all on the road against teams more than capable of pulling an upset. Stanford and Washington are looking for home cooking to rebound after bad losses while Utah is hoping to continue its surge into the postseason.

 

ACC Week 9 Preview and Predictions

Athlon previews Week 9 in the ACC.
ACC Week 9 Preview and Predictions

The ACC owned the spotlight last Saturday night, as the Florida State-Notre Dame matchup was one of the best - and highest viewed - games of the 2014 college football season.

This week, there’s a different flavor of games in the conference. Instead of a national spotlight matchup, Week 9’s games are all about finding clarity in a wide-open Coastal Division.

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