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College Football's 2016-17 All-Bowl Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2016-17 bowl season is officially over. Monday night's championship game featured a thriller between Alabama and Clemson, as the Tigers scored in the final seconds to knock off the Crimson Tide from the top spot. In addition to the national championship, the Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State and the Orange Bowl matchup with Florida State and Michigan were...

P.J. Fleck's Presence Adds a New Degree of Difficulty to the Already Competitive Big Ten West

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago
P.J. Fleck is rowing his boat to the Twin Cities.   Minnesota has plucked the Western Michigan coach — one of the hottest young names in college football — from the cozy confines of the MAC and inserted him into the wild and underrated Big Ten West.   For the Gophers and the Big Ten Conference in general, this is a great move. It's yet another splash in terms of...

10 Best Position Battles to Watch in the National Championship Game

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 weeks ago
It’s here. After one long and entertaining season, we’re finally down to just one last college football game. While the national title game is always a must-watch affair, this year’s edition is one of the most unique meetings in the sport’s history because it’s the first rematch in the championship game era. As good as Alabama-Clemson Part II will be in Tampa...

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 season is still several months away, but it’s never too early to predict next year’s top 25 teams. Alabama and Clemson will close out the 2016 season on Jan. 9, and both teams should begin 2017 near the top of the rankings. However, there will be no shortage of contenders next fall, as Florida State, Ohio State, USC, Penn State, Oklahoma and...

6 Coaching Candidates to Replace Tracy Claeys at Minnesota

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys was fired on Tuesday after his first full season with the program. Claeys guided the Golden Gophers to a 9-4 record in 2016 and was 2-4 as the program’s interim coach after Jerry Kill stepped down due to health reasons last year. While Claeys led Minnesota to a nine-win season and a Holiday Bowl victory over Washington State, there was a lot of turmoil...

College Football's 12 Best Position Battles to Watch in the Playoff Games

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The race for the national title is down to four as the College Football Playoff semifinal games are set. As fun as Alabama against Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Clemson vs. Ohio State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl are, the one-on-ones between the names on the back of the jerseys are even juicier than the ones on the front this postseason.   Whether you’re a college...

College Football’s 12 Best Position Battles to Watch in New Year's Six Bowl Games

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 4 weeks ago
We’re hitting the home stretch of the college football bowl season and with 2017 quickly approaching, that means it is almost time for the New Year’s Six games. As good as some of the games look on paper however, some of the one-on-ones between the names on the back of the jerseys are even juicier than the ones on the front.   Whether you’re a college football fan, a...

Predictions for Every Remaining College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
College football’s 2016-17 bowl slate has reached its halfway point. With the games from Dec. 27 completed, 20 games are in the books and 20 bowl contests remain, with the national championship also to come on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. While just 21 games are left in the college football season, there are several high-profile matchups on the upcoming slate. Ohio State-Clemson and Alabama-...

Holiday Bowl Preview and Prediction: Minnesota vs. Washington State

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 1 day ago
The 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl: It's the bowl game that almost wasn't. Or, at least, the 39th edition of the San Diego-hosted contest almost got a drastic makeover when the Minnesota Golden Gophers teased a boycott, the result of 10 player suspensions.   Much to the chagrin of Northern Illinois – the next team up in line for a bowl bid – Minnesota reversed...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-Freshman Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 5 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),...