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Duke Football: 2017 Blue Devils Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
After leading Duke to four straight bowl games, head coach David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils stumbled to a 4-8 record last season. There could be a potential rebound thanks to the emergence of a young quarterback, but the defensive outlook is considerably cloudier due to a lot of turnover and questionable depth. A wide-open ACC Coastal Division helps Duke’s chances of at least getting...

The Most Shameful College Football Games of 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 3 months 2 weeks ago
FCS football is fun and features plenty of talent. Games against FBS opponents can serve purposes, as they are oftentimes displays of in-state support and, of course, are big paydays that FCS programs need to survive.   But some games just make no sense. They are over before they start, and they do little but fill out schedules and act as glorified byes for bigger programs – often...

Wake Forest Football: 2017 Demon Deacons Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Wake Forest went to and won a bowl game last season, but it could be tough to pull off a repeat of either feat this fall. The Demon Deacons remain a relatively young team and depth is at a premium, so the key players must stay healthy. The offense returns eight starters, but also was one of the nation’s least productive in 2016. The defense more than did its part in 2016, but only five...

ACC Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The ACC stuffed the trophy case last season and claimed the top spot among college football’s conferences. Clemson defeated Alabama for the national title, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Florida State defeated Michigan in the Orange Bowl, and 11 teams finished with a winning record. Additionally, the ACC capped a strong regular season by claiming nine bowl...

North Carolina Football: 2017 Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
After a three-year run which saw North Carolina win the ACC Coastal in 2015 and finish no worse than a tie for third the other two seasons, the Tar Heels are practically starting over. Six starters return on each side, but the offense is looking to replace a most, if not all, of its production. The defense will have a new coordinator running things and hopefully will hold up better against the...

5 Players That Need to Step Up for Clemson in 2017

By Jon Kinne, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Clemson’s first national title since 1981 was a blast for everyone involved. But once the regular season kicks off on Sept. 2, despite the championship and the heavy personnel losses, expectations will remain sky high.   In order for Clemson to again take home an ACC crown and contend nationally, several players must step up this fall. Here are five (in alphabetical order...

Georgia Tech Football: 2017 Yellow Jackets Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Thanks to a strong finish, Georgia Tech enters 2017 with momentum in what looks to be a crowded ACC Coastal Division. The Yellow Jackets return plenty of experience, but will be breaking in a new starting quarterback and have some questions up front on defense. As usual, Paul Johnson’s team should be able to run the ball effectively, but the development of the passing game and the...

Top 25 College Football Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 3 months 2 weeks ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

Pitt Football: 2017 Panthers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Pittsburgh beat a pair of conference champions (Clemson, Penn State) last season, but the 2017 Panthers are going to look a lot different. More than half of the starting lineup is gone as the offense will be led by a graduate transfer quarterback and the defense features a practically brand-new front seven. Pitt has been a solid team in the first two seasons under head coach Pat Narduzzi, but...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...