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College Football's 10 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 2

By Bryan Fischer, 2 weeks 13 hours ago
College football welcomed us back in thrilling fashion during Week 1 and shows no signs of stopping with a terrific slate of powerhouse matchups. Whether it’s an SEC team going up against Touchdown Jesus, the defending national champions facing their biggest test, or the marquee non-conference matchup between two of the winningest college programs of all time, there’s a little...

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Virginia Cavaliers Preview and Prediction

By Chip Minnich, 2 weeks 1 day ago
The Virginia Cavaliers are coming off of an impressive 28-10 victory over William & Mary last Saturday at home. For a team that struggled through the 2016 season with a 2-10 record in head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s debut, a strong start was a welcomed change, even against an opponent from the FCS ranks. Virginia was led by senior quarterback Kurt Benkert, who was 27-for-39 for 262...

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Michigan State Spartans Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Western Michigan began the season with the goal to prove that its success last year — a 13-0 record before an appearance in a New Year’s Six bowl — was no fluke. Last Saturday, the Broncos were tied with USC at the end of the first, second and third quarters. Unfortunately for WMU, the Trojans erupted for 28 points in the fourth, and a monumental upset slipped away...

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Coming off an impressive season-opening win at home, the defending Big Ten champions from Penn State welcome their in-state rivals from Pittsburgh back to Beaver Stadium for the first time since 1999. Coincidentally, Penn State is looking for its first win against the Panthers since that 1999 matchup.   Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi has kept his team tucked away from the media this week...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 2

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 1 day ago
The first full week of the 2017 college football season had a bit of everything. We saw some offenses that lit up the scoreboards, some defenses that held their ground and some upstarts pull off a couple of upsets.   Week 2 has a few interesting matchups that lend themselves to some outrageous outcomes. After going 2-for-5 last week, it's time for a new batch of OUTRAGEOUS* ...

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

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days 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, 2 weeks 2 days 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...

FAU Owls vs. Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The Wisconsin Badgers and Florida Atlantic Owls had two very different starts to their respective seasons last weekend. After a slow start in the first half, Paul Chryst's Badgers ripped off seven unanswered touchdowns to take down Utah State 59-10. Lane Kiffin's Owl's did not fare as well, as they ended up on the losing end of a 42-19 methodical beatdown at the hands of Navy....

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Michigan Wolverines Preview and Prediction

By Mike Bainbridge, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Remember this time a week ago when everyone and their cousin was questioning whether the young pups on defense for Michigan would be ready for the big stage? Those questions were answered swiftly as the Wolverines suffocated the Florida Gators in the opener, allowing just 192 yards of total offense in the 33-17 victory.   Cincinnati also was able to secure a somewhat comfortable 26-14...

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Duke Blue Devils Preview and Prediction

By Jon Kinne, 2 weeks 2 days ago
With many analysts around the country touting Northwestern as a sleeper team in the Big Ten West, the Wildcats entered the season feeling very confident. But midway through the fourth quarter of the opening game, Northwestern found itself down at home to a Nevada team that most have pegged for the bottom half of the Mountain West standings. The Cats did, however, score twice late to come away...