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Ranking the Toughest Games on Clemson's College Football Schedule in 2017

By Jon Kinne, 3 months 1 week ago
Projecting wins and losses before any college football season is a difficult endeavor.   For example, in 2016, who would have predicted that Clemson’s toughest challenges on the way to a national title would be Pittsburgh and NC State? Or that Troy from the Sun Belt would give the Tigers all they could handle?   But that is exactly what happened. Though the unexpected may (...

Boston College Football: 2017 Eagles Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Boston College finished strong, winning its final two games to become bowl eligible and then beating Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl. The heat isn’t completely off of head coach Steve Addazio, however, as the Eagles need to make significant strides on offense if they want to get out of the bottom tier of the ACC Atlantic Division. The hope is that a new quarterback and some impact...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Miami's College Football Schedule in 2017

By Antwan Staley, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Mark Richt’s first season with the Miami Hurricanes was a tale of streaks. Miami won its first four games of the 2016 season, only to lose the next four to Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.   But the streaking didn’t stop there, as the Hurricanes finished the campaign with five straight wins, including a 31-14 convincing victory over West Virginia in...

Syracuse Football: 2017 Orange Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Dino Babers’ first season at Syracuse produced just four wins as one of the nation’s most productive passing attacks couldn’t overcome one of the most generous defenses. The offense should continue to improve with nine returning starters, including one of the ACC's top quarterbacks in Eric Dungey. The defense returns even more experience (10 starters) but has farther to...

Duke Football: 2017 Blue Devils Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks 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 3 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 3 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...