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Ranking the Toughest Games on North Carolina’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Jon Kinne, 5 months 1 week ago
In college football, you can have a difficult schedule because you play some of the top-ranked teams in the land. But you can also have a difficult slate by facing quality opponents each week with very few easy games during the course of the year.   The latter is what makes North Carolina’s 2017 football schedule a bit daunting. Larry Fedora's Tar Heels open with a Power Five...

5 Reasons Why the Miami Hurricanes Can Win the ACC Coastal in 2017

By Antwan Staley, 5 months 1 week ago
Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Miami Hurricanes have yet to win a conference championship, let alone the ACC Coastal Division. Last season, Virginia Tech claimed the Coastal, the Hokies’ sixth division title since they also joined the conference in 2004.   With so many changes in the ACC, Miami has as good a shot of any team to finish in first place in its division. Here are...

Virginia Football: 2017 Cavaliers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 1 week ago
Nothing went right for head coach Bronco Mendenhall in his first season at Virginia, begining with an opening home loss to FCS member Richmond. The Cavaliers stumbled to 2-10 as both sides of the ball struggled mightily. Mendenhall has experience returning at quarterback and some intriguing receivers, but the running game is unproven and the offensive line remains the biggest question mark with...

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

By Jon Kinne, 5 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, 5 months 1 week 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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...
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