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Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 12 hours ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2020 season complete after the Ohio State-Alabama showdown in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2021. Alabama ranks as the No. 1 team in the very early top 25, followed by Clemson at No. 2. Oklahoma is poised for a run at the...

College Football: 15 Players With Big Bowl Games Who Could Break Out in 2021

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Just one game remains in the 2020-21 college football season, as the bowl slate wrapped up on Saturday, Jan. 2. It’s hard to read too much into bowl games due to opt outs and the unusual nature of the 2020 season. However, several players had big performances that could carry into the ’21 campaign. The definition of breakout players can vary from analysts and fanbases across the...

Who Should Win the Heisman Trophy for the 2020 College Football Season?

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 14 hours ago
The Heisman Trophy will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 5 to one of four finalists for the 2020 college football season. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith and Alabama quarterback Mac Jones are up for the most prestigious award in college football. Due to COVID-19 and the timing of the announcement, the award will be presented...

Peach Bowl Prediction and Picks: Georgia vs. Cincinnati

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Despite being undefeated and having the highest ranking for a Group of 5 champion in the College Football Playoff era, Cincinnati was left out of the playoff and is set to face Georgia in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Luke Fickell's Bearcats have been an impressive team from start to finish this season but they will go head-to-head with Kirby Smart's Bulldogs in what could be quite the...

Armed Forces Bowl Prediction and Preview: Tulsa vs. Mississippi State

By Juan Jose Rodriguez, 3 weeks 6 days ago
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will close out a 2020 season for the history books when they square off for the first time ever with the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on New Year's Eve. This matchup will also be Mississippi State's inaugural appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl, while Tulsa lost both of its previous appearances in 2006 and 2011.  ...

2021 NFL Draft: College Football Players Leaving Early for NFL

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 9 hours ago
The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to take place in Cleveland, Ohio on April 29-May 1, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college football players are already declaring their intent to jump early to the next level. As of Friday, Dec. 18, 136 underclassmen players have already declared for the 2021 NFL Draft and some will not return to college for a fall or spring season. The list of names declared...

New Mexico Bowl Prediction and Preview: Hawaii vs. Houston

By Todd Saelhof, 1 month 4 days ago
Head coaches that have faced each other before will close out the 2020 season when Hawaii and Houston meet in the New Mexico Bowl.   It's somewhat fitting that two teams that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus, albeit in different ways, are meeting in the New Mexico Bowl, which had to move from Albuquerque to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, because of state restrictions...

Montgomery Bowl Prediction and Preview: Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic (FAU)

By Mike Ferguson, 1 month 5 days ago
First-year head coaches will look to start their tenures off with bowl victories on Wednesday night. Ryan Silverfield and the Memphis Tigers will square off with Willie Taggart and the Florida Atlantic Owls in the Montgomery Bowl.   After a 5-1 start, FAU dropped its final two games of the regular season. Memphis closed the year by winning four of five, although three of those wins came...

College Football Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Every 2020-21 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
College football’s 2020-21 bowl season features 28 matchups, and Athlon’s editors are here with picks against the spread (ATS) for every postseason contest. One game is slated for Dec. 21 to start the bowl season, the Peach and Citrus Bowl matchups headline the action outside of the CFB Playoff games on Jan. 1, while the final contests before the national title takes place on Jan. 2...

Boca Raton Bowl Prediction and Preview: UCF vs. BYU

By John Coon, 1 month 5 days ago
The UCF Knights and BYU Cougars will duel in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday, wrapping up a 2020 season that took numerous unexpected turns for both schools.   The No. 16 Cougars (10-1) are looking to wrap up an 11-win season for the first time since 2009 and their first one-loss season since 1996. BYU saw its New Year's Six bowl dreams go poof after falling a yard short...