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California Golden Bears vs. Oregon State Beavers Prediction and Preview

By Todd Saelhof, 4 days 13 hours ago
It wasn’t supposed to be like this for the California Golden Bears. Not after a 3-0 kick-start to what was shaping up to be a promising NCAA football season.   But since that sparkling run to put them in the AP Top 25, the Bears (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12) have been barely there, losing three straight — all Pac-12 affairs — including a Week 7 no-show against the previously winless...

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Washington Huskies Prediction and Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 4 days 13 hours ago
Saturday's Pac-12 Conference matchup between Colorado and No. 15-ranked Washington was very nearly a showdown of two teams alone atop their respective divisions. Instead, this rematch of the 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game becomes a virtual must-win for either to stay in the hunt to get back to Santa Clara this season.   Both the Buffs and Huskies come in tied atop their divisions, but...

UCLA Football: Bruins Midseason Review and Second Half Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 4 days 17 hours ago
Alright, so language like "the best 1-5 team in college football" has an undeniable back-handed compliment quality to it. But despite starting the Chip Kelly era with the worst record of any UCLA team dating back to 1943, significant improvement in key areas is evident through the first half of the Bruins' 2018 schedule.   Five weeks of strides finally culminated in a...

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Week 8

By Mitch Light, 5 days 17 hours ago
The Week 8 edition of college football picks against the spread is highlighted by an intriguing Big Ten battle between perennial power Ohio State and upstart Purdue, an SEC West clash between reeling Auburn and high-scoring Ole Miss and a key Pac-12 North game between Oregon and Washington State in Pullman. Here are 10 predictions for games against the spread.   Purdue (+13.5) over Ohio...

10 Surprising College Football Stats to Get You Ready for Week 8

By Athlon Sports, 5 days 17 hours ago
It was an upsetting college football Saturday, especially if you were a ranked team. We have now reached the halfway points of the season, but don't worry there are still plenty of game remaining. Here are 10 statistics to get you ready for Week 8.   8: AP Top 25 teams that lost on Saturday It was a chaotic weekend on the gridiron as eight teams in the AP Top 25 lost. The victims...

Washington State Football: Cougars Midseason Review and Second Half Preview

By John Coon, 5 days 17 hours ago
Fears that Washington State would end up going through a rebuilding year have evaporated at the midpoint of the season. The Cougars are in second place in the Pac-12 North and have a chance to make a big statement with three divisional opponents making trips to Pullman.   One key for Washington State (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) is finding a way to win the Apple Cup. The Cougars have not prevailed...

College Football 2018 Midseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 19 hours ago
With half of the 2018 college football season completed, it’s time to hand out some hardware in the form of midseason All-America selections. This list is likely to look drastically different by December, but the players honored and mentioned below have performed at a high level through the first seven weeks of 2018.   Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leads the way for the...

Stanford Cardinal vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Prediction and Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 6 days 15 hours ago
Both Arizona State and Stanford went into their bye weeks on low notes, dropping Pac-12 Conference games. But as they return from the break with a Thursday night showdown in Tempe, events of the past weekend open paths for each to contend in their respective divisions.   Oregon's win over Washington gives Stanford a straight shot back to the Pac-12 Championship Game for the fifth time...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 16 hours ago
The start of college football’s 2017-18 bowl season is over two months away, but with Week 7 completed, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame are Athlon's projected picks after Week 7 to reach the CFB Playoff. With Georgia losing to LSU, the Bulldogs have slipped in the race to claim...

Utah Football: Utes Midseason Review and Second Half Preview

By John Coon, 6 days 17 hours ago
Utah's dreams of claiming a Pac-12 South title aren't dead yet as the Utes reach the season's midpoint. Back-to-back resounding wins over Stanford (40-21) and Arizona (42-10) rescued Utah after a 0-2 start in league play threatened to derail the season.   The Utes (4-2, 2-2 Pac-12) enter a much more favorable stretch over their final six regular-season games. Their toughest...