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College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 3

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Week 3 of the 2017 college football season features a couple of key non-conference matchups and league showdowns among top 25 teams, and Athlon Sports is ready with complete predictions, preview and picks for the third weekend of action. The Week 3 slate doesn't quite have the overall high-profile matchups from last weekend's action, but Saturday night's ACC showdown between...

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. South Florida Bulls Preview and Prediction

By Mark Ross, 1 week 3 days ago
Lovie Smith will return to Tampa when his Illinois Fighting Illini face the weather-weary South Florida Bulls on Friday night. Smith, who was head coach of the Buccaneers (2014-15) prior to taking the job at Illinois, will be back on the sideline of Raymond James Stadium for this matchup of 2-0 teams.   Illinois is 2-0 after winning just three games in Smith’s first season as head...

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 3

By Mitch Light, 1 week 3 days ago
The Week 3 edition of college football picks against the spread is highlighted by a huge battle in the ACC Atlantic Division: Clemson at Louisville. Elsewhere, red-hot UCLA makes the long trip to Memphis for a tricky game at the Liberty Bowl; Florida and Tennessee meet in Gainesville in a pivotal early-season SEC game; and Oklahoma hopes to avoid a letdown as Tulane visits Norman. Here are 10...

College Football Top 25 for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days 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...

College Football Top 25 Rankings (Updated)

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days 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...

College Football Week 2 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days 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...

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview and Prediction

By Mike Bainbridge, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Western Kentucky is looking to extract some demons that have haunted them the past few years when traveling to face a Big Ten team. The Hilltoppers are 0-6 all-time against current teams from the conference and their last few tries have led to heartbreak.   In 2014, WKU held a six-point lead against the Illini before allowing 21 points in the fourth quarter. And in 2015, the Hilltoppers...

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

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days 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...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterback Debuts of 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days 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...

College Football Week 1 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Week 1 of the 2017 college football season lived up to the hype. With several marquee matchups in the opening weekend, the action at the FBS level didn't disappoint. Alabama remained the team to beat after a win against Florida State, Michigan dominated Florida, Louisville rallied to beat Purdue, Tennessee knocked off Georgia Tech in overtime, and Virginia Tech beat West...