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

By Bryan Fischer, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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...

Gameday Photos: Maryland at Texas

By hmcclary, 2 months 2 weeks ago

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
West Virginia and Virginia Tech renew an old, bitter Big East rivalry on Sunday night in Landover, Md., at FedEx Field. This is the first meeting between the Hokies and Mountaineers since 2005, and there’s some hardware at stake – the Black Diamond Trophy.   West Virginia is coming off its best season since joining the Big 12 in 2012. The Mountaineers finished 10-3 overall and...

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Iowa State Cyclones Preview and Prediction

By Robert A. Boleyn, 2 months 2 weeks ago
With his team’s 25-20 victory over Iowa State last season, Northern Iowa's Mark Farley became the winningest coach in Panthers history (134-67 in six years). Second-year Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell hopes his team is ready to even the score at home in the comfy confines of Jack Trice Stadium as the two kick off their 2017 campaigns.   But if the preseason hype...

Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview and Prediction

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The Texas Tech Red Raiders started 3-1 last season, but suffered through a largely disappointing Big 12 slate and finished 5-7. Tech missed a bowl bid for the second time in head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s first four seasons at the helm. As a result, Kingsbury enters 2017 with on one of the hottest seats in college football.   A turnaround is possible, but it will be difficult given...

UTEP Miners vs. Oklahoma Sooners Preview and Prediction

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Back in 2012, Bob Stoops took Oklahoma to El Paso to start the season with a game against Mike Price’s UTEP Miners. In what should have been a rout, the Sooners slogged through a 24-7 win that wasn’t truly decided until the fourth quarter.   It will be Lincoln Riley and Sean Kugler on the sidelines this time around in the two teams’ first meeting in six years. If the...

20 College Football Games to Look Forward to This September

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The college football season is almost upon us and while it may technically start in late August, it’s the month of September that is the heart of the action on the gridiron. Featuring the bulk of the non-conference matchups and several compelling conference openers, it doesn’t get much better than this slate after a long offseason without the sport.   What games are...

College Football's 15 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 1

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 2 weeks ago
College football is back in our lives and judging by the Week 1 schedule, better than ever. This year’s slate has just about everything you can want, from blue blood matchups to intriguing meetings of schools from vastly different parts of the country. There’s even what some are calling the best opening game ever down in Atlanta between a pair of top-three teams who will be...