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West Virginia Emerges as Big 12 Title Contender After Win Over Baylor

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 8 months ago
West Virginia is a Big 12 title contender. That seems strange to say after the Mountaineers finished 4-8 with losses to Iowa State and Kansas last year, but Saturday’s win over Baylor showed coach Dana Holgorsen’s team will be a factor in the conference race over the second half of the season. West Virginia played one of the nation’s toughest schedules in the first half of...

Utah's Devontae Booker is Athlon Sports' Week 8 Player of the Week

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 8 months ago
Behind a solid defense and a timely offense, Utah has emerged as a contender in the Pac-12 South. The Utes took a step forward in the division race with an overtime victory over Oregon State on Thursday night, improving to 2-1 in conference play with a huge showdown against USC ahead next Saturday.Leading the way in Utah’s victory was running back Devontae Booker, who earns Athlon Sports...

Betting Against the Spread: College Football Week 8 Picks

By Braden Gall, 2 years 8 months ago
Last week was awful. There is no other way around it. In one group (top picks) I was 1-5. In the “if you must” group, I was 2-2. And in the Top 25, I went a pathetic 3-11-1. My only comfort is that the rest of the Athlon Sports staff failed you as well. So all of that hard work over the last month has gone to waste. It’s time to rebound. Last Week: 3-6Year-to-...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Week 8 Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 years 8 months ago
  Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan preview the big games of Week 8. The Big 12 takes center stage with five ranked teams in action. Notre Dame visits Florida State in the ACC, Stanford and Oregon highlight key games out West and plenty of SEC contenders are looking to hold off upsets. The guys also offer up some locks of the week against the spread.Send any ideas,...

Big 12 Week 8 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 2 years 8 months ago
Few weekends in the Big 12 will be as important and as critical as Week 8. The top ranked team and lone unbeaten in on the road at one of the most difficult places to win in the league. Two of the greatest coaches in Big 12 history will battle in Norman with two ranked teams. And Oklahoma State has its first of many brutal road trips against a ranked TCU squad without its star quarterback....

20 Predictions for the Second Half of College Football's 2014 Season

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 8 months ago
The first half of the 2014 college football season is in the books, and it’s time to revisit the preseason predictions and make a few changes for the next eight weeks.No conference, team or player performs exactly how most expect from the preseason, so it’s only natural to have changes of opinion in several different areas by the midpoint of the season.That’s the case in 2014,...

Expert Poll: Week 7 Heisman Trophy Voting

By Braden Gall, 2 years 8 months ago
Athlon Sports has formed a Heisman Trophy committee. Each week, we will ask 13 members of the national college football media to rank their top candidates for the Heisman Trophy. Each voter will rank their top five candidates, with each first-place vote getting five points and each last-place vote getting one point. The Panel: Stewart Mandel, FOX SportsDave Revsine, Big Ten...

Outrageous College Football Predictions: Week 8

By Braden Gall, 2 years 8 months ago
The original reality TV show is sports. No contrived setting where seven strangers living in a house or one bachelor searching for love can match the excitement the Iron Bowl delivered last fall. The beauty of college football lies in its complete unpredictability and drama. Here are some outrageous predictions for Week 7. Note: The point of this column is to have some fun...

College Football 2014 Midseason Awards and Recap

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 8 months ago
The first half of the 2014 college football season is officially in the books. And at the midpoint of 2014, it’s time to look back at the first seven weeks, examine preseason predictions and take a glimpse at what the second half of the season has to offer.With half of a season still to go, plenty of changes, surprises and disappointments should be expected this year.Mississippi State...

College Football's Post-Week 7 Bowl Projections

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 8 months ago
With seven weeks in the books, college football’s bowl and national title picture is surrounded in uncertainty. The new playoff format has added a new layer of intrigue, as four teams – instead of two – will have a shot at the national championship once the bowl pairings are announced in early December. While only seven weeks are in the books, it’s never too...
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