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College Football Week 5 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
Week 5 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Clemson edged Louisville in a Saturday night thriller, Washington dominated Stanford on Friday night, Tennessee defeated Georgia on a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass, Michigan knocked off Wisconsin in a defensive slugfest, and North Carolina upset Florida State in Tallahassee.   With...

Michigan State Spartans vs. Indiana Hoosiers Preview and Prediction

By Mike Bainbridge, 2 months 1 week ago
Last Saturday was not kind to either Michigan State (2-1) or Indiana (2-1) as both lost for the first time and each team did so in disheartening fashion.   Michigan State kicked off its Big Ten slate with a clunker, getting trounced by then-No. 11 Wisconsin 30-6. The Spartans’ offense had all sorts of issues, allowing four sacks, turning the ball over four times (one fumble, three...

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 1 week ago
When Nebraska lost to Illinois in Champaign a year ago, it was the first definitive sign that the Cornhuskers were going to be in trouble the rest of the season. It was a game that Mike Riley's team had every opportunity to win, should not have been in danger of losing, yet lost anyway.   It defined Nebraska's season.   On Saturday, the Fighting Illini make their way to...

Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
After a six-year hiatus in meetings on the gridiron, Michigan and Wisconsin are set to clash this Saturday in Ann Arbor for an intriguing matchup of two top-10 teams. Conference realignment and Big Ten expansion is the main reason behind the lack of recent matchups between the Badgers and Wolverines. However, there’s plenty at stake this Saturday for what should be one of the top games in...

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 1 week ago
Mitch Leidner leads Minnesota into Beaver Stadium this weekend, looking to guide the Gophers to a 4-0 start to the season in their Big Ten opener. Penn State, of course, has already played a Big Ten game. It did not go very well last weekend at Michigan. Do the beleaguered Nittany Lions have enough in the tank to rebound this weekend on their home turf?   Minnesota at Penn State  ...

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 1 week ago
Iowa City will be the site of a critical Big Ten West battle on Saturday, as Northwestern tries to avoid starting conference play 0-2 while defending division champion Iowa looks to move to 2-0.   The Hawkeyes have won three straight against the Wildcats, including back-to-back blowouts in 2014 and ‘15. Iowa's performance over the last two weeks, however, makes it difficult to...

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Preview and Prediction

By Chip Minnich, 2 months 1 week ago
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights return to Ohio Stadium, this time with a familiar face at the helm. Former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash is in his first year as the head coach at Rutgers. Ash has Rutgers at 2-2 entering this game against Ohio State, coming off a close home loss to Iowa, 14-7.   Ohio State begins Big Ten play well rested, coming off a...

College Football's 12 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 5

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
We heard all summer about the greatest opening week ever in college football but Week 5 might be as good, or better, with a whopping three games involving top 10 teams. As good as the matchups between the names on the front of the jerseys are this week though; the one-on-one battles between the names on the back of them might be even juicier.   Whether you’re a college football fan...

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 5

By Mitch Light, 2 months 1 week ago
The Week 5 edition of college football’s picks against the spread features predictions for some of Saturday’s biggest games, including Louisville-Clemson, Washington-Stanford and Michigan-Wisconsin. Additionally, conference matchups such as Tennessee-Georgia, Wake Forest-NC State and Northwestern-Iowa feature lines or odds that caught our attention for Week 5. Here are 10...

Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 5

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
College football’s Week 5 slate kicks off on Thursday night with two matchups. Kansas and Texas Tech meet in Lubbock to open Big 12 play for both teams, while Houston hosts Connecticut in a revenge game for coach Tom Herman’s program. While there’s some intrigue for the two Thursday games, the stakes are even higher on Friday night. Stanford and Washington meet for a huge Pac-...