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15 Teams That Have Impressed Three Weeks Into the 2016 College Football Season

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
The 2016 college football season is only three weeks old. However, it’s never too early to look back at the preseason rankings and identify a few teams that have impressed or are poised to easily exceed projections. Louisville has emerged as a playoff contender after soundly defeating Florida State last week, while Nebraska, Utah, Texas A&M and Texas have each scored key wins through...

College Football Week 3 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Week 3 featured several high-profile matchups, but the big winners on Saturday were Louisville, Alabama and Ohio State. The Cardinals dominated Florida State to take a huge step forward in the ACC title race, while Alabama knocked off Ole Miss to end a two-game losing streak to the Rebels. A revamped and reloaded Buckeye team with several new stars emerging handled Oklahoma in Norman.  ...

Seven-Step Drop: Is the rest of 2016 just a prelude for Nick Saban-Urban Meyer V?

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 3 days ago
As the final minutes of Ohio State’s romp over Oklahoma ticked by and thoughts turned to what the college football universe looked like after Week 3, one couldn’t help but wonder why the television networks and marketers hadn’t trumpeted up the fact that, in more ways than one, this should have been billed as ‘Separation Saturday.’   The Buckeyes, even as...

Maryland Terrapins vs. UCF Knights Preview and Prediction

By Elton Hayes, 1 week 6 days ago
Maryland and UCF will meet for the first time in each school’s history Saturday when the Terrapins head back to Florida for the second time in as many weeks. Maryland defeated FIU 42-14 last time out. UCF enters this matchup after losing 51-14 to Michigan last Saturday in Ann Arbor.   Both school’s debuted new head coaches this season as DJ Durkin replaced Randy Edsall, and...

East Carolina Pirates vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Preview and Prediction

By Antwan Staley, 1 week 6 days ago
East Carolina has made a living of upsetting schools in Power Five conferences in the last 20 years. No matter if it was Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech or NC State, the Pirates have always brought their best when they play teams they’re not expected to beat.   This weekend, the Pirates will face the second of three straight Power Five opponents on their 2016 schedule as they...

South Florida Bulls vs. Syracuse Orange Preview and Prediction

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 week 6 days ago
Both teams come into this game with the same offensive philosophy: Run as many plays as possible, as quickly as possible, in order to score the most points as possible.   In other words, the slower the tempo, the worse off these teams feel they are, so expect a track meet at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon.   We know a little bit more about what Syracuse is capable of than...

Temple Owls vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 4 hours ago
It is a phrase that may be considered a once-in-a-lifetime fact: Penn State is looking for revenge against Temple. In football.   A week after taking a loss on the road on the west side of the state, the Nittany Lions return home to Beaver Stadium to host the Owls from Philadelphia. Temple ambushed Penn State last season and sacked Christian Hackenberg 10 times, as the Owls ripped...

Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 9 hours ago
After getting a week off in a game that was never going to be in doubt, Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. is expected to be back on the field to keep Houston’s master plan alive. Two weeks after starting the season with a bang against Oklahoma, the Cougars hit the road for a conference opener against Cincinnati. Might this be a preview of this season’s American Athletic Conference...

Predicting Which Team Will Win Every Game Week 3 in College Football

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
College football’s Week 3 slate features four games matching top 25 teams and several other intriguing matchups. The weekend slate starts on Thursday night with Houston traveling to Cincinnati, followed by three games on Friday night, including Baylor at Rice and Arizona State at UTSA. On Saturday, Florida State-Louisville, Ole Miss-Alabama, Nebraska-Oregon, Oklahoma-Ohio State and...

10 Under-the-Radar College Football Players to Watch in Week's 3 Biggest Games

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
College football’s Week 3 slate is filled with marquee matchups and games that will have a significant impact on rankings or playoff positioning later in the season. While there are more than just five meaningful games, Athlon Sports is highlighting five games – Alabama vs. Ole Miss, Louisville vs. Florida State, Ohio State vs. Oklahoma, Oregon vs. Nebraska and Notre Dame vs....