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College Football's Post-Week 5 Bowl Projections

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 weeks ago
The first five weeks of the college football season are in the books. And as expected, the 2016 season has already experienced some unexpected teams on the rise and on the decline. Florida State was picked by many as a preseason favorite to reach the national championship, but the Seminoles are out of the picture with two losses. Louisville, Washington, Michigan and Tennessee are four teams on...

Seven-Step Drop: Separation Saturday Clarifies College Football Playoff Race

By Bryan Fischer, 1 year 2 weeks ago
CLEMSON, S.C. — In the end, it was just one yard.   One yard separated Clemson from Louisville this season, and only one. It’s hard for the most anticipated, top-five matchup of the regular season to live up to expectations but as the exuberance of the fans, players and coaches calmed down and the reality of an epic clash at Death Valley began to come into focus late...

College Football Poll Watch: Louisville and Wisconsin Get Respect; Washington Enters Title Discussion

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 2 weeks ago
With three matchups between top 10 teams on the schedule heading into this past weekend, we knew we were going to learn a lot more about how this college football season would eventually shake out. We learned that Clemson and Michigan were every bit the contenders that we thought they were. Both were able to rise to the task and take care of business against formidable opponents at home. We also...

College Football Week 5 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 weeks ago
Week 5 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Clemson edged Louisville in a Saturday night thriller, Washington dominated Stanford on Friday night, Tennessee defeated Georgia on a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass, Michigan knocked off Wisconsin in a defensive slugfest, and North Carolina upset Florida State in Tallahassee.   With...

Michigan State Spartans vs. Indiana Hoosiers Preview and Prediction

By Mike Bainbridge, 1 year 3 weeks ago
Last Saturday was not kind to either Michigan State (2-1) or Indiana (2-1) as both lost for the first time and each team did so in disheartening fashion.   Michigan State kicked off its Big Ten slate with a clunker, getting trounced by then-No. 11 Wisconsin 30-6. The Spartans’ offense had all sorts of issues, allowing four sacks, turning the ball over four times (one fumble, three...

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 3 weeks ago
When Nebraska lost to Illinois in Champaign a year ago, it was the first definitive sign that the Cornhuskers were going to be in trouble the rest of the season. It was a game that Mike Riley's team had every opportunity to win, should not have been in danger of losing, yet lost anyway.   It defined Nebraska's season.   On Saturday, the Fighting Illini make their way to...

Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 weeks ago
After a six-year hiatus in meetings on the gridiron, Michigan and Wisconsin are set to clash this Saturday in Ann Arbor for an intriguing matchup of two top-10 teams. Conference realignment and Big Ten expansion is the main reason behind the lack of recent matchups between the Badgers and Wolverines. However, there’s plenty at stake this Saturday for what should be one of the top games in...

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 1 year 3 weeks ago
Mitch Leidner leads Minnesota into Beaver Stadium this weekend, looking to guide the Gophers to a 4-0 start to the season in their Big Ten opener. Penn State, of course, has already played a Big Ten game. It did not go very well last weekend at Michigan. Do the beleaguered Nittany Lions have enough in the tank to rebound this weekend on their home turf?   Minnesota at Penn State  ...

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 3 weeks ago
Iowa City will be the site of a critical Big Ten West battle on Saturday, as Northwestern tries to avoid starting conference play 0-2 while defending division champion Iowa looks to move to 2-0.   The Hawkeyes have won three straight against the Wildcats, including back-to-back blowouts in 2014 and ‘15. Iowa's performance over the last two weeks, however, makes it difficult to...

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Preview and Prediction

By Chip Minnich, 1 year 3 weeks ago
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights return to Ohio Stadium, this time with a familiar face at the helm. Former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash is in his first year as the head coach at Rutgers. Ash has Rutgers at 2-2 entering this game against Ohio State, coming off a close home loss to Iowa, 14-7.   Ohio State begins Big Ten play well rested, coming off a...