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College Football Week 9 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Week 9 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Four undefeated teams - West Virginia, Boise State, Nebraska and Baylor - suffered their first defeat of the season, while Clemson rallied late in the fourth quarter to defeat Florida State, and Washington stayed unbeaten after a tough road win at Utah. Ohio State avoided back-to-back...

Maryland Terrapins vs. Indiana Hoosiers Preview and Prediction

By Jake Rose, 1 year 2 months ago
The Big Ten expansion of 2014 may be lining the pockets of the University of Maryland athletic department, but the fruits from the school’s transition from the ACC have yet to reach the gridiron. Since entering the B1G, the Terrapins are just 7-13 against conference foes and have yet to finish with a .500 season in conference play. At first glance the 2016 Terps look formidable with a 5-2...

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Preview and Prediction

By Chip Minnich, 1 year 2 months ago
The Northwestern Wildcats make their first return to Ohio Stadium since 2007, seeking to ride a three-game winning streak back into Big Ten West Division contention. Conversely, Ohio State is coming off a surprising loss on the road at Penn State, regrouping for an opportunity to get back to its winning ways.   Northwestern has built its offense around junior running back Justin Jackson....

College Football's 12 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 9

By Bryan Fischer, 1 year 2 months ago
We’re just a few days out from the first set of College Football Playoff rankings so the games this weekend figure to play a big part in the national title race. This week has some huge Top 25 matchups between some big-name teams, but it’s the one-on-ones between the names on the back of the jerseys that are even juicier.   Whether you’re a college football fan, a...

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The battle to win the Big Ten’s West Division comes into focus on Saturday night, as Nebraska travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin in a crucial game for both teams. The Cornhuskers enter Week 9 atop the West Division at 4-0 in Big Ten action. However, Nebraska has yet to hit the toughest part of its schedule, which begins on Saturday night against the Badgers. Wisconsin has already...

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 9

By Mitch Light, 1 year 2 months ago
The Week 9 edition of college football’s picks against the spread features predictions for some of Saturday’s biggest games, including Clemson-Florida State, West Virginia-Oklahoma State, Washington-Utah and Georgia-Florida. Additionally, conference matchups such as Iowa State-Kansas State, Northwestern-Ohio State, Michigan-Michigan State and Baylor-Texas feature lines...

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Purdue Boilermakers Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 1 year 2 months ago
James Franklin and Penn State scored a much-needed signature victory Saturday night in front of a White Out crowd against Ohio State, and now the Nittany Lions are back in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2011. It’s been a long time coming for the program, but now the focus is on avoiding a letdown this week on the road against Purdue.   Sometimes it can be good to go on the...

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 2 months ago
Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys has quietly guided the 2016 edition of the Golden Gophers to within one game of bowl eligibility before the end of October. After dropping its first two Big Ten games of the season, Minnesota has turned it around with back-to-back wins over Maryland and Rutgers. With a game against Illinois this weekend and another against Purdue the following Saturday, it's...

Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans Preview and Prediction

By Mike Bainbridge, 1 year 2 months ago
Prior to the start of the regular season, most people likely assumed the Michigan Wolverines (7-0) would be the favorites entering their yearly matchup against the Michigan State Spartans (2-5). Favored by 23.5 points though? Probably not.    The Wolverines have been as impressive as any team in the country through eight weeks of the season, smothering teams with their No....

Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 9

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months 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...