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Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: Central Michigan vs. Minnesota

By Tyler Waddell, 9 months 6 days ago
Thanks to the influx of additional bowl games this year, Minnesota is one of three teams in 2015 that finished with a 5-7 record but still received a postseason invite. The Golden Gophers lost five of six to end the regular season – including losses to three ranked opponents – but an extra game at the end of December gives new head coach Tracy Claeys some valuable time to get a...

College Football's 2015 Postseason All-Freshman Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 6 days ago
Every college football season is a new opportunity for the 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. 2015 is a good barometer for that statement, as three of the four College Football Playoff teams feature a freshman on the Athlon Sports first-team...

Top 25 College Football Games of 2015

By Kevin McGuire, 9 months 1 week ago
What is great about college football is that every season seems to offer a new handful of memories that can be shared and remembered for years to come. In 2015 we saw plenty of great comebacks and nailbiters filled with monster individual performances and bizarre plays you had to see to believe. This season offered a reminder of why it is important to never count a team out until the clock hits...

College Football's Postseason Awards for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
College football’s regular season concluded with Navy’s win over Army on Dec. 12, leaving 41 postseason games as all that’s left of the 2015 campaign. This year produced plenty of memorable endings and clutch performances, including Miami’s return for a game-winning score against Duke, Georgia Tech’s blocked field goal for a touchdown to beat Florida State, Michigan...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the December Bowl Games

By J.P. Scott, 9 months 1 week ago
The college football regular season is all wrapped up and bowl season is upon us. That doesn't mean there isn't plenty of outrageousness that'll take place. If anything, bowl season opens up the door for even more crazy occurrences. Strange matchups, motivated teams and teams who just decided to enjoy the free trip all factor into final scores that'll make you choke on a...

College Football's 2015 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
With the completion of college football’s regular season, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers from 2015. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there was no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. The bowl season kicks off on Dec. 19 and continues until the national championship on Jan. 11 in...

10 Best Big Ten College Football Games of 2015

By Kevin McGuire, 9 months 2 weeks ago
For the second straight season, the Big Ten has sent a team to the College Football Playoff. How it did so is quite the tale to tell as Michigan State knocked off Michigan and Ohio State on the road without leading for a single second in regulation in either game. The Spartans then capped off their Big Ten championship with a drive for the ages against undefeated Iowa. Of course, Michigan State...

Ranking the Watchability of the Big Ten's Bowl Games in 2015

By Tyler Waddell, 9 months 2 weeks ago
With three teams ranked inside the top 10 in the final College Football Playoff rankings — five in all — you could say that it has been a largely successful season for the Big Ten Conference thus far. Michigan State gets a shot at Alabama in the four-team playoff, Iowa received an invite to play Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Ohio State squares off against Notre Dame in the Fiesta...

Big Ten 2015 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
Most offseason predictions hinted January 2015 could be a turning point for the Big Ten. Ohio State’s national championship victory over Oregon and the arrival of Jim Harbaugh at Michigan signaled the Big Ten was ready to take a step forward and push the SEC and Pac-12 for the best conference in college football. Fast forward almost one year and it’s safe to say those offseason...

Predictions for Every College Football 2015-2016 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s bowl season is bigger and better than ever with 41 postseason matchups. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 19, Athlon’s editors are here with predictions for every bowl. The action begins on Saturday, Dec. 19 with five games, including the inaugural Cure Bowl and the Las Vegas Bowl between rivals Utah...