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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...

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Nebraska will have some new faces to look forward to this season as the Cornhuskers look to make a push to get to the Big Ten Championship Game at the end of the year. Head coach Mike Riley needed to make a few changes this season after the Huskers dropped four of their final six games to end 2016. With the addition of a transfer quarterback and a new defensive coordinator, there is a...

Louisville Cardinals vs. Purdue Boilermakers Preview and Prediction

By Adam Kurkjian, 1 month 3 weeks ago
This game will have a bit of a familiar feel to it for new Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm.   The former Western Kentucky head coach is a Louisville native who both played his college ball with the Cardinals and served as the program's quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach from 2003-08.   But as he prepares for his inaugural game coaching the Boilermakers, he has the...

Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Arlington, Texas and AT&T Stadium is home to one of college football’s marquee showdowns for Week 1, as Michigan and Florida meet on Saturday afternoon in one of the top non-conference tilts of the 2017 season.   In addition to conference bragging rights between the Big Ten and SEC, the nation’s longest winning streak in openers is also on the line. Florida has won 27...

Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Northwestern Wildcats Preview and Prediction

By Chip Minnich, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Northwestern was able to overcome a 1-3 start in 2016, rallying to achieve bowl eligibility and a 31-24 win over Pittsburgh in the 2016 Pinstripe Bowl. Behind talented offensive players such as quarterback Clayton Thorson and stellar running back Justin Jackson, as well as a strong defense returning seven starters, the Wildcats look to be a factor within the Big Ten West Division in...

20 College Football Games to Look Forward to This September

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 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, 1 month 3 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...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 1

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 3 weeks ago
It has finally arrived! The first full slate of the 2017 college football season is here. With it comes a clean slate for nearly every team in the land as they chase their College Football Playoff dreams. But as is the nature of a sport with more than 120 teams playing for the same goal, things are going to get a little crazy. You could even say, things are going to get OUTRAGEOUS!* And it all...

Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 1

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Week 1 of the 2017 college football season features several intriguing matchups, and Athlon Sports is ready with complete predictions, preview and picks for the opening weekend. A handful of games kick off the Week 1 slate on Thursday night, including Indiana hosting Ohio State, Buffalo-Minnesota and Tulsa-Oklahoma State.   Friday night also features a busy schedule of games, as Lane...

Ball State Cardinals vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview and Prediction

By Mike Bainbridge, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Despite being in neighboring states, this will be just the second meeting between Illinois and Ball State, with the previous matchup coming back in 2007. In all, the Cardinals are just 3-36-1 all time against teams from the Big Ten, with all three victories coming against in-state rival Indiana.   If there were ever a time to notch a win over another B1G foe, now would be it, as Illinois...