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Norfolk State Spartans vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview and Prediction

By Chris Dougherty, 1 year 9 months ago
Rutgers kicks off their 2015 campaign under mass scrutiny after a late August internal investigation involving head coach Kyle Flood, and the suspension of five players for the first half of their opener against Norfolk State. If nothing else, Rutgers must come out with a bang against their season-opening FCS opponent, who’s coming off a 4-8 season and heads into 2015 with a new head coach...

Stanford Cardinal vs. Northwestern Wildcats Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 1 year 9 months ago
This is a battle of contrasting styles, between a squad with a bruising running game and gritty defense versus a speedy team who likes to spread out and hurl the ball all over the field. Traditionally, the former would be from the Midwest while the latter hails from the West Coast. Actually, these two are the complete opposites of those stereotypes. The first team mentioned comes from the Pac-12...

Week 1 College Football Against the Spread Predictions

By Braden Gall, 1 year 9 months ago
College Football is back and so are my weekly picks against the spread. I will do my best to give sage and timely advice every Friday morning… for entertainment purposes only, of course. Week 1 is the best week of the year as so much is unknown about most teams and spreads are generally off kilter. Look for programs you think are underrated in the preseason and are facing young...

Illinois State Redbirds vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Preview and Prediction

By Robert A. Boleyn, 1 year 9 months ago
College football’s 2015 season officially arrives in Iowa City Saturday as the Big Ten West Division's Iowa Hawkeyes play host to the Missouri Valley Football Conference and STATS FCS preseason No. 2 Illinois State Redbirds in a game most pundits will be looking past as the collegiate season opens across the country. Don't let the lack of enthusiasm or coverage of...

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 1 year 9 months ago
Heading into the season the hot seat was as hot as any for Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. That seat hit a boiling point of no return last week, just one week prior to the first game of the season for Illinois. With Beckman losing his job amid controversy, Illinois looks to regain the focus on the field with Bill Cubit taking over as interim head coach with the Illini preparing to open the...

Richmond Spiders vs. Maryland Terrapins Preview and Prediction

By Elton Hayes, 1 year 9 months ago
Maryland welcomes Richmond to College Park for Saturday’s season opener. Richmond, an FCS member, rolls into Byrd Stadium ranked No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll, after posting a nine-win 2014 season that ended with a loss to Coastal Carolina in the second round of the FCS playoffs. In 2014 Maryland finished third in the Big Ten East behind Ohio State and Michigan State, and...

Flashback: Nebraska's season-opening win streak looks to hit 30

By David Fox, 1 year 9 months ago
When Danny McManus arrived at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 1985, the then-sophomore Florida State quarterback allowed himself to soak up the scene. There was Tom Osborne, in the flesh. McManus, who grew up in Hollywood, Fla., saw plenty of the Nebraska coach on trips to the Orange Bowl. “You just remember the sea of red and then our pocket of garnet and gold in...

Michigan State Spartans vs. Western Michigan Broncos Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 1 year 9 months ago
Michigan State travels to Kalamazoo in order to fulfill its end of the "3 for 1" contract with Western Michigan. The stadium is already sold out. However, one might wonder how many of those in attendance will be wearing green and white, not brown and gold. A significant portion of players for Western Michigan have already faced Michigan State. Two years ago, the Broncos'...

5 Nebraska Blackshirts Who Can’t Afford Many First-Game Jitters

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 year 9 months ago
While The Suspension Bowl featuring BYU and Nebraska is going to be handicapped due to several members of both teams on the sideline, the Cougars and Cornhuskers aren’t left entirely wanting for talent. How defensive coordinator Mark Banker’s first set of Blackshirts handle Taysom Hill likely determines whether or not the people of Lincoln go home happy. Related: ...

Pac-12 Week 1 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
The Pac-12 has its share of one-sided matchups in Week 1, but the conference also boasts intriguing games with Boise State-Washington, Oregon-Eastern Washington, Utah-Michigan and Texas A&M-Arizona State. Stanford is a dark horse pick to get to the College Football Playoff, but the Cardinal opens 2015 with a tricky road test at Northwestern. Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams faces his...