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Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 9

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 4 weeks ago
College football’s Week 9 slate kicks off on Thursday night with five matchups. Virginia Tech at Pitt and California at USC are the two marquee contests on Thursday, but Appalachian State at Georgia Southern is a key game for positioning within the Sun Belt. Three games are slated for Friday night, with USF hosting Navy in a critical American Athletic Conference matchup. After South...

5 Greatest Blocked Kicks in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 9 months 4 weeks ago
Grant Haley’s 60-yard return of a blocked Ohio State field goal for a touchdown last Saturday reminded us just how quickly a game can change when the kicking game is disrupted. All college football fans can think of a time where their team’s fate turned on a kick that failed to launch, and sometimes it can mean the difference in their national championship hopes.   While...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 9

By J.P. Scott, 9 months 4 weeks ago
The Big Ten ended up winning the day last weekend on the back of Penn State's upset of Ohio State. Everything about the game — from the blocked field goal to the fans to the suddenly unstoppable defensive front of Penn State — was nothing short of outrageous.   This weekend, the Big Ten takes center stage once again with a trio of matchups that have the potential to...

College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 9 hours ago
The first eight weeks of the college football season are in the books and Week 8 produced one of the season's biggest upsets with Penn State's victory over Ohio State. While the Buckeyes dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten, the path for coach Urban Meyer's team is still there to earn a playoff spot. Ohio State takes on Michigan in the regular season finale and could face...

Which Nebraska Player is the X-Factor Against Wisconsin?

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 10 hours ago
The Saturday night showdown between Nebraska and Wisconsin is one of the most anticipated games for Week 9. The winner of this matchup solidifies a case as the top team in the Big Ten West’s Division and moves a step closer to booking a trip to Indianapolis for the conference title game. The Cornhuskers are 4-0 in league play, but this is the biggest test of 2016 for coach Mike Riley...

Seven-Step Drop: Chaos aside, the College Football Playoff path for all the contenders is pretty simple

By Bryan Fischer, 10 months 1 day ago
Seven days ago this column was all about how the storylines surrounding college football were about to shift from disappointing teams like Notre Dame and Oregon being the talk of the sport to the chaos that inevitably happens.    Well, on Saturday the chaos came. And it came hard.   While the day did not start in Happy Valley, the biggest narrative shift occurred there just...

College Football Poll Watch: Wisconsin Punished for Winning, Alabama Near-Unanimous No. 1

By J.P. Scott, 10 months 1 day ago
Penn State's win over Ohio State this past weekend certainly changed the road map to the College Football Playoff. It, coupled with some other upsets around the country, also caused some voters in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Polls to turn in some questionable ballots.   Here's what stuck out to me this week:   Wisconsin was literally punished for winning...

College Football Week 8 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 2 days ago
Week 8 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Alabama continued to distance itself from the rest of the nation, as the Crimson Tide handled Texas A&M to remain unbeaten. LSU and Auburn scored key victories in SEC West action, Penn State knocked off Ohio State to score the biggest win of coach James Franklin's tenure in Happy...

Michigan State Spartans vs. Maryland Terrapins Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 10 months 4 days ago
Could the defending Big Ten champions really be in danger of not reaching the postseason this year? The way things have started out for Michigan State, nothing is off the table. The Spartans have looked as vulnerable as ever under head coach Mark Dantonio, with instability in the passing game and a defense that has lost its way. Is this the week Michigan State gets back to doing what it does...

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Preview and Prediction

By Chip Minnich, 10 months 4 days ago
A highly-ranked Ohio State football team, clinging to a touchdown lead in an overtime period, faces a critical fourth down. The Buckeye defensive line rises to the occasion, sacking the opposing team's quarterback to preserve the victory.   If it sounds familiar from Ohio State's 30-23 overtime win over Wisconsin last weekend, it should. The exact same scenario presented itself...