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Seven-Step Drop: Heisman Race, Not College Football Playoff Push was Biggest Takeaway of Week 2

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 1 week ago
If Week 1 was about quality of games, then Week 2 was all about the quantity with top-25 matchups all across the board and deep into the night. Whether you were at a game or trying to follow along at home by frantically flipping between channels, Saturday was quite the reminder that this sport can offer moment after moment in rapid-fire succession.   Of all the wins though, the biggest...

College Football Top 25 Rankings (Week 2)

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The second weekend of the 2017 season was filled with exciting games and intriguing non-conference matchups. Alabama easily handled Fresno State to remain No. 1 in the rankings, but Clemson, Oklahoma and USC each jump a few spots...

ACC Week 2 College Football Awards

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Week 2 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the ACC. Thanks to a dominant effort on defense, Clemson defeated Auburn 14-6 in Death Valley on Saturday night. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson had another huge performance in a victory against North Carolina. Elsewhere around the ACC, Duke picked up a key non-conference win...

College Football Week 2 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Week 2 of the 2017 college football season was filled with several intriguing matchups and storylines. And once again, a Saturday full of action didn't disappoint. Oklahoma upset Ohio State in Columbus, Clemson defeated Auburn in Death Valley, Georgia edged Notre Dame in South Bend, and USC handled Stanford in a key Pac-12 conference matchup.   With the...

Auburn Tigers vs. Clemson Tigers Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Death Valley will be rocking on Saturday night, as Clemson continues its national title defense by hosting Auburn in one of college football’s most anticipated non-conference matchups of 2017. These two teams met last season in Jordan-Hare Stadium, with Clemson winning 19-13. Auburn and Clemson easily took care of business in Week 1. Auburn defeated Georgia Southern 41-7, and coach Dabo...

College Football's 10 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 2

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 1 week ago
College football welcomed us back in thrilling fashion during Week 1 and shows no signs of stopping with a terrific slate of powerhouse matchups. Whether it’s an SEC team going up against Touchdown Jesus, the defending national champions facing their biggest test, or the marquee non-conference matchup between two of the winningest college programs of all time, there’s a little...

College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 2

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Week 2 of the 2017 college football season features several intriguing matchups, and Athlon Sports is ready with complete predictions, preview and picks for the second weekend of action. Due to the NFL opener, the Week 2 slate features only one game on Thursday night, as Utah State hosts Idaho State. On Friday, Purdue takes on Ohio, Memphis travels to UCF and Oklahoma State hits the road for a...

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 2

By Mitch Light, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Week 2 edition of college football picks against the spread is highlighted by one of the premier regular-season games of the season — Auburn’s trip to Clemson in a battle of the Tigers. Elsewhere, Luke Fickell, a former Ohio State player and coach, takes his Cincinnati Bearcats into Ann Arbor to face Michigan; Louisville visits North Carolina in a key ACC Atlantic vs. Coastal...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterback Debuts of 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Quarterback play is always under the spotlight during the preseason or throughout the course of a regular season for all 130 college football teams. This process starts in high school, as evaluating prospects and how they will translate to FBS play is no easy assignment. And at the FBS level, a lot of factors go into a quarterback evaluation. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Louisville's Lamar...

Seven-Step Drop: Lessons That Will Define the 2017 College Football Season After Week 1

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 2 weeks ago
A year ago heading into the college football season, just about everybody was labeling Week 1 as the greatest opening act in the sport’s history. It wasn’t hard to see why with powerhouse program meeting powerhouse program just about everywhere you looked.   As good as some of the games were though, there were also a handful of duds and only a few nominal upsets along the...