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College Football’s 12 Best Position Battles to Watch in New Year's Six Bowl Games

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 3 weeks ago
We’re hitting the home stretch of the college football bowl season and with 2017 quickly approaching, that means it is almost time for the New Year’s Six games. As good as some of the games look on paper however, some of the one-on-ones between the names on the back of the jerseys are even juicier than the ones on the front.   Whether you’re a college football fan, a...

Music City Bowl Preview and Prediction: Nebraska vs. Tennessee

By Kyle Kensing, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Either Nebraska or Tennessee will leave Nashville and the 2016 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl singing the blues.    This postseason between college football giants of yesteryear promises to be exciting, if recent results are any indication. Big Ten representative Nebraska comes into Friday's contest with an incredible 12 games in the last two seasons decided by a...

Predictions for Every Remaining College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2016-17 bowl slate has reached its halfway point. With the games from Dec. 27 completed, 20 games are in the books and 20 bowl contests remain, with the national championship also to come on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. While just 21 games are left in the college football season, there are several high-profile matchups on the upcoming slate. Ohio State-Clemson and Alabama-...

Orange Bowl Preview and Prediction: Florida State vs. Michigan

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
The New Year’s Six portion of the bowl slate kicks off on Friday night with Florida State and Michigan squaring off in the Orange Bowl. The Wolverines fell just short of reaching the College Football Playoff after a strong second season under coach Jim Harbaugh. After a 3-2 start, the Seminoles rebounded to a 9-3 final mark and earned their third consecutive trip to a New Year’s Six...

Foster Farms Bowl Preview and Prediction: Indiana vs. Utah

By John Coon, 4 months 4 weeks ago
Utah winning bowl games is not yet as predictable as death, taxes and heated arguments over politics, but it is closer than just about anything else these days.   Since Kyle Whittingham took over as co-head coach in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and as head coach in the ‘05 season, Utah has posted a 9-1 record in bowl games. Whittingham's winning percentage in bowl games is the best in...

Pinstripe Bowl Preview and Prediction: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern

By Chip Minnich, 4 months 4 weeks ago
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl has seen its share of high-scoring games in its relatively short past, with Duke defeating Indiana 44-41 in overtime in 2015. Heading into this contest that features Pittsburgh and Northwestern, it is entirely possible that the 2016 version may be another offensive shootout.   Pittsburgh (8-4, 5-3 ACC) finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Coastal...

Holiday Bowl Preview and Prediction: Minnesota vs. Washington State

By Kyle Kensing, 4 months 4 weeks ago
The 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl: It's the bowl game that almost wasn't. Or, at least, the 39th edition of the San Diego-hosted contest almost got a drastic makeover when the Minnesota Golden Gophers teased a boycott, the result of 10 player suspensions.   Much to the chagrin of Northern Illinois – the next team up in line for a bowl bid – Minnesota reversed...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-Freshman Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 days ago
Every college football season is a new opportunity for the true or redshirt freshmen players on 128 FBS teams to make a statement. While each year always produces a handful of freshmen standouts, it seems more first-year players are making an impact at a high level. The 2016 season produced plenty of standouts in the freshmen ranks, including quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (Alabama),...

Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: Maryland vs. Boston College

By Adam Kurkjian, 5 months 3 days ago
While this may not be the sexiest matchup of the college football bowl season, it carries a good bit of weight for each team as the two put a bow on their 2016 campaigns.   For Boston College, the Eagles had to deal all season with the possibility that an extra loss here or there could result in the firing of head coach Steve Addazio. After posting a winless record in ACC play in 2015,...

Big Ten All-Freshman Team for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 4 days ago
The Big Ten had a standout year on the gridiron, as Ohio State made the College Football Playoff as the No. 3 seed, and Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan finished inside of the top 10 of the final poll. While the Buckeyes have a shot to win it all in January, the future of the program is in good hands with seven freshmen earning a spot on Athlon’s Freshman All-Big Ten team for 2016....
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