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College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 2

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Week 2 of the 2017 college football season features several intriguing matchups, and Athlon Sports is ready with complete predictions, preview and picks for the second weekend of action. Due to the NFL opener, the Week 2 slate features only one game on Thursday night, as Utah State hosts Idaho State. On Friday, Purdue takes on Ohio, Memphis travels to UCF and Oklahoma State hits the road for a...

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Boston College Eagles Preview and Prediction

By Adam Kurkjian, 4 months 2 weeks ago
This season has gotten off to a nice start for both the Boston College Eagles and Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and each will look to continue to keep the good times going when they meet Saturday afternoon.   Boston College defeated Northern Illinois, 23-20, on the road last Friday night, for its fifth straight win going back to last year, while Wake Forest rolled past FCS foe Presbyterian,...

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Duke Blue Devils Preview and Prediction

By Jon Kinne, 4 months 2 weeks ago
With many analysts around the country touting Northwestern as a sleeper team in the Big Ten West, the Wildcats entered the season feeling very confident. But midway through the fourth quarter of the opening game, Northwestern found itself down at home to a Nevada team that most have pegged for the bottom half of the Mountain West standings. The Cats did, however, score twice late to come away...

Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

By Adam Kurkjian, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The Purdue Boilermakers nearly pulled off a stunning upset over the Louisville Cardinals last Saturday, and now the North Carolina Tar Heels are going to be the next ones to take a shot at Lamar Jackson and Co.   Louisville had its fits and starts in the opener, but overall, the offense, under the direction of their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, found a way to get it done against...

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 2

By Mitch Light, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The Week 2 edition of college football picks against the spread is highlighted by one of the premier regular-season games of the season — Auburn’s trip to Clemson in a battle of the Tigers. Elsewhere, Luke Fickell, a former Ohio State player and coach, takes his Cincinnati Bearcats into Ann Arbor to face Michigan; Louisville visits North Carolina in a key ACC Atlantic vs. Coastal...

5 Greatest Comebacks in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 4 months 2 weeks ago
UCLA’s 34-point comeback over Texas A&M in the final 17 minutes on Sunday was one for the ages. Is it the greatest of all time? Well, there are a few factors to consider.   All comebacks of more than two touchdowns are a testament to a team’s perseverance, but in determining the best rally, one must consider the point deficit, the amount of time they had, and the opponent...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterback Debuts of 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Quarterback play is always under the spotlight during the preseason or throughout the course of a regular season for all 130 college football teams. This process starts in high school, as evaluating prospects and how they will translate to FBS play is no easy assignment. And at the FBS level, a lot of factors go into a quarterback evaluation. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Louisville's Lamar...

Seven-Step Drop: Lessons That Will Define the 2017 College Football Season After Week 1

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 2 weeks ago
A year ago heading into the college football season, just about everybody was labeling Week 1 as the greatest opening act in the sport’s history. It wasn’t hard to see why with powerhouse program meeting powerhouse program just about everywhere you looked.   As good as some of the games were though, there were also a handful of duds and only a few nominal upsets along the...

College Football Week 1 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Week 1 of the 2017 college football season lived up to the hype. With several marquee matchups in the opening weekend, the action at the FBS level didn't disappoint. Alabama remained the team to beat after a win against Florida State, Michigan dominated Florida, Louisville rallied to beat Purdue, Tennessee knocked off Georgia Tech in overtime, and Virginia Tech beat West...

College Football Top 25 Rankings (Week 1)

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The first weekend of the 2017 season didn't disappoint. Alabama knocked off Florida State in Atlanta on Saturday night, while Tennessee and Georgia Tech played an entertaining overtime affair in the same stadium on Monday night. Ohio State...