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Russell Athletic Bowl Preview and Prediction: West Virginia vs. Miami

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
An old Big East rivalry will be renewed on Dec. 28 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, as West Virginia meets Miami for the first time since 2003. It’s always tough to put too much stock in bowl games, but motivation shouldn’t be an issue for either team. The Mountaineers won 10 games for the second time under coach Dana Holgorsen and a victory over the Hurricanes would give this program...

Cactus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Boise State vs. Baylor

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Had you heard at the beginning of the season that Baylor and Boise State would meet in a bowl game in Arizona, most college football fans would have expected the Bears and Broncos to cap off successful campaigns in the prestigious Fiesta Bowl. Instead, thanks to late-season struggles for both, 6-6 Baylor will face 10-2 Boise State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl at Chase Field in Phoenix.   It...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-Freshman Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 days ago
Every college football season is a new opportunity for the true or redshirt freshmen players on 128 FBS teams to make a statement. While each year always produces a handful of freshmen standouts, it seems more first-year players are making an impact at a high level. The 2016 season produced plenty of standouts in the freshmen ranks, including quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (Alabama),...

Big 12 All-Freshman Team for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 days ago
The Big 12 had several key players depart after the 2015 season but several new faces emerged as the league’s future stars as freshmen in 2016. Texas quarterback Shane Buechele averaged 246.5 passing yards per game and tossed 21 touchdowns as a true freshman for former coach Charlie Strong. Buechele will be a building block for new coach Tom Herman to build around in 2017. Oklahoma State...

College Football’s 20 Best Position Battles to Watch in December Bowl Games

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 5 days ago
It’s bowl season and college football fans can celebrate (or is it mourn?) the end of the year with 41 games that have a little bit of everything. While most of the attention is paid toward the two semifinal games and some of the other major bowls, there’s a lot to enjoy among the dozens of intersectional matchups on tap this month. As good as some of the games look on paper...

Betting Against the Spread: Best Bets for December Bowl Games

By Matt Josephs, 2 months 1 week ago
College football’s bowl season usually features some fantastic matchups and intriguing situations. It's also one of the toughest times to wager potentially with so many factors to consider.   Related: Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016 From Must-See to Must-Miss    First off is motivation and that's the most important. There are some teams that...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
The 2016 college football season had a little bit of everything, to the point where you could fill your bingo card twice over. The greatest opening weekend ever? Definitely. Historic upsets from coast-to-coast? Without a doubt. Shootouts? Check. Seismic shifts as the result of game-changing plays? Double check.   Oh, and overtimes? Yes, there were plenty of those.   It was a...

15 Best Big 12 College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
The Big 12 was left out of the College Football Playoff for the second time this season but it was still a year filled with some incredible games around the conference and some even wilder finishes across the board. The league’s high-flying reputation lived up to the early billing with numerous defensive lapses giving way to some big plays down the field and even more incredible numbers...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
With the completion of college football’s 2016 regular season, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers for the All-America team. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there was no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. The SEC led the way with 25 overall selections, with the Pac-12 and ACC tying...

Big 12 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Thanks to a dynamic offense and the play of quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma took home the Big 12 title for the second consecutive season. The Sooners finished unbeaten in conference action for the first time since 2004 and could finish inside of the top five of the Associated Press poll with a win over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma State finished second...