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Belk Bowl Preview and Prediction: Georgia vs. Louisville

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 weeks ago
The Belk Bowl was one of the big winners in college football’s bowl tie-in shuffle prior to 2014, as the Charlotte, N.C. postseason game now features an annual matchup between the SEC (Georgia) and ACC (Louisville). The Bulldogs and Cardinals both finished the regular season at 9-3, and there’s a little familiarity between the two programs thanks to recent moves in the coaching...

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer Dances to Celebrate Bowl Win Against Cincinnati

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 weeks ago
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer recently underwent throat surgery and spent the Military Bowl victory against Cincinnati coaching from the press box. The Hokies used a couple of turnovers by the Cincinnati offense, along with 210 rushing yards to earn the victory and post a winning record (7-6.) However, Beamer wasn’t limited in his post-game availability, as the 68-year-old coach...

Russell Athletic Bowl Preview and Prediction: Oklahoma vs. Clemson

By Braden Gall, 2 years 4 weeks ago
What a difference a year makes? Clemson and Oklahoma both topped current members (Ohio State and Alabama, respectively) of the College Football Playoff in BCS bowls last year. Neither team envisioned a trip to Orlando this postseason, but the folks at the Russell Athletic Bowl should be ecstatic to get two historic brands coming to town to play in the newly renovated Citrus Bowl. ...

Pinstripe Bowl Preview and Prediction: Boston College vs. Penn State

By David Fox, 2 years 1 month ago
The last Penn State bowl appearance was hardly an experience the Nittany Lions want to remember. In 2011, Penn State went to Dallas to play in a bowl game televised on ESPNU in a crowded slot with more appealing matchups in the Capital One and Outback bowls. That the bowl was an afterthought was just fine. Under interim coach Tom Bradley, Penn State lost 30-14 to Houston, ending a...

Independence Bowl Preview and Prediction: Miami vs. South Carolina

By David Fox, 2 years 1 month ago
Like many teams in the Independence Bowl, Miami and South Carolina don’t arrive in Shreveport with an abundance of enthusiasm. Reaching this bowl game, more often than not, is the final stop in a season that didn’t go entirely as planned. The Gamecocks and Hurricanes are in that position as they try to salvage one last bit of good news — not to mention a winning...

Sun Bowl Preview and Prediction: Arizona State vs. Duke

By Braden Gall, 2 years 1 month ago
Arizona State missed a shot at the Pac-12 Championship Game on the final weekend of the regular season by losing to rival Arizona. Duke missed a shot at the ACC Championship Game by losing two of its final three games after the Blue Devils controlled their own destiny as late as Week 13. But the 81st edition of the Sun Bowl, the second-oldest bowl game in college football (Rose), offers a...

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Playoff Predictions

By Braden Gall, 2 years 1 month ago
 Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth to break down both national semifinal games.  Alabama vs. Ohio State: Does Urban Meyer or Nick Saban have the advantage on the sidelines? Can Cardale Jones handle the Bama defense? Can the Buckeyes defensive line disrupt the Bama offense? Which fan base wins the week off-the-field in New Orleans? Oregon vs. Florida State: Which...

College Football's Top 30 Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 years 1 month ago
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 27It’s hard to make an entire nation root for the usually hated Fighting Irish but that is what the Seminoles were able to do in this battle of top-five teams. An evenly matched bout most of the way, Jameis Winston led the Noles on a...

12 Coaching Candidates to Replace Paul Chryst at Pittsburgh

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
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...

College Football's Postseason Awards for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 1 month ago
College football’s regular season is complete, and all that’s left of the 2014 season is 39 bowl games, including the first four-team playoff format in FBS history. While the season is over and fans for some teams are already planning for next season, it’s never too early (or late) to look back at the year that was and honor some of the top players, teams and coaches. ...