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USC Trojans vs. UCLA Bruins Game Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 6 hours ago
The annual battle for bragging rights in Los Angeles resumes on Saturday night when USC visits the Rose Bowl to take on UCLA. In addition to the intra-city rivalry, positioning within the Pac-12 South is up for grabs. Both teams still have South Division title hopes and are part of a four-team group at the top of the division with two losses. Since a two-game losing streak in early October...

Betting Against the Spread: College Football Week 13 Picks

By Braden Gall, 2 days 8 hours ago
I was 3-4 with top picks and 3-3 in trendy picks last week and it has dropped me below .500 for the first time all season. And I’m not sure where to go this weekend to make up for it. You’ll notice one of two themes this weekend in college football. A) Huge point spreads in top 25 mismatches and B) Impossibly difficult to predict rivalry games with heavy title implications. This...

Meet Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright: From Barely Recruited to one of the Nation's Best

By David Fox, 3 days 1 hour ago
One of the few places Scooby Wright will find his given name is on his high school diploma. So ingrained is the nickname Scooby that when he was announced at his graduation ceremony at Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa, Calif., many of his friends were taken aback to see him rise when “Phillip Wright III” was called to receive his diploma. “And these were friends from...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Week 13 Predictions

By Braden Gall, 3 days 6 hours ago
 Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan preview an interesting weekend of games in college football. USC visits UCLA, two potential SEC title contenders are on the road, some Big Ten games with coaching implications and much more on this Week 13 podcast. We also offer up some locks of the week against the spread.Send any ideas, questions or comments to @BradenGall or @AthlonSteven or...

Pac-12 Week 13 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 3 days 8 hours ago
The Week 13 slate across the country is pretty sad, but the Pac-12 Conference is here to save college football. Four of the six Pac-12 games feature point spreads that are less than a touchdown and the other two feature teams that need to hold serve at home to keep their respective Pac-12 championship game hopes alive. Most importantly, a historic rivalry in Los Angeles is likely to...

Expert Poll: Week 12 Heisman Trophy Voting

By Braden Gall, 4 days 8 hours ago
Athlon Sports has formed a Heisman Trophy committee. Each week, we will ask 13 members of the national college football media to rank their top candidates for the Heisman Trophy. Each voter will rank their top five candidates, with each first-place vote getting five points and each last-place vote getting one point. The Panel: Stewart Mandel, FOX SportsDave Revsine, Big Ten...

Outrageous College Football Predictions: Week 13

By Braden Gall, 4 days 8 hours ago
The original reality TV show is sports. No contrived setting where seven strangers living in a house or one bachelor searching for love can match the excitement the Iron Bowl delivered last fall. The beauty of college football lies in its complete unpredictability and drama. Here are some outrageous predictions for Week 13. Note: The point of this column is to have some fun...

College Football's Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 7 hours ago
College football’s 2014 season has reached its final stretch run, and the bowl and national title picture is starting to clear. The playoff committee will release its fourth set of rankings on Tuesday this week, which should give fans, coaches and players a better idea of what the committee values heading into the last few weeks of the season. The new playoff format has added a new...

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 12 in the Pac-12

By Braden Gall, 5 days 8 hours ago
Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Pac-12 football action: 0: Arizona State TDs scored in the third quarter since the UCLA gameIronically, the last time Arizona State scored a point in the third quarter, it was against the Bruins. In the disappointing loss to Oregon State, the Beavers held the Sun Devils scoreless in...

Previewing the Five Must-Watch College Football Matchups of Week 13

By David Fox, 6 days 2 hours ago
Time for a bit of a breather for a handful of teams. Last week was plenty eventful with Alabama’s win over No. 1 Mississippi State, another Florida State comeback, a TCU scare, a Georgia rout of Auburn and an Arizona State flop in Corvallis. This week may not be nearly as dramatic. For starters, this week is the annual SEC-FCS challenge. SEC teams will face Eastern...