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

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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...

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones Preview and Prediction

By Robert A. Boleyn, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The battle for in-state bragging rights heats up in Iowa this weekend, as the Iowa Hawkeyes travel an hour west of Iowa City to visit in-state rival Iowa State in Ames for the annual Cy-Hawk Trophy series. Both teams are coming off wins in the opening weekend, with Iowa handing the Wyoming Cowboys and potential NFL first-round draft pick Josh Allen a 24-3 road loss, while Iowa State handled...

East Carolina Pirates vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Preview and Prediction

By Antwan Staley, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Both the East Carolina Pirates and the West Virginia Mountaineers will enter their Week 2 matchup coming off of a loss. The Pirates were trounced by defending FCS champion James Madison 34-14 at home. West Virginia lost to bitter rival Virginia Tech 31-24 at FedEx Stadium Sunday night.   Now, the Pirates and Mountaineers will try to put their losses behind him and get their first win of...

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. South Alabama Jaguars Preview and Prediction

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Few teams were as impressive in their Week 1 victories as the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter over Tulsa before winning 59-24. Oklahoma State was explosive offensively, and an inexperienced but athletic, talented Cowboys defense did well to hold the Golden Hurricane to 4.4 yards per play.   South Alabama was less successful holding down the Ole...

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 2

By Mitch Light, 1 month 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...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterback Debuts of 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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...