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Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2019 season complete after LSU defeated Clemson in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2020. Clemson takes the top spot in the very early top 25, followed by Ohio State at No. 2. Alabama checks in at No. 3 as a slight favorite over LSU (No. 4)...

D'Eriq King: 5 Potential Transfer Destinations for the Former Houston QB

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Houston quarterback D’Eriq King has decided to transfer for his senior season, becoming a sought-after signal-caller for the 2020 college football season. King passed for 50 touchdowns and 4,925 yards in four years with the Cougars and added 1,421 yards and 28 scores on the ground. After playing in four games under first-year coach Dana Holgorsen in 2019, King decided to redshirt and later...

Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The Big Ten should have plenty of competitive races in both divisions in 2020, but it's no surprise Ohio State is the team projected as the very early favorite next fall. The Buckeyes are primed for another playoff run thanks to the return of quarterback Justin Fields and one of college football's top rosters. Penn State should be Ohio State's top competition in the East, with...

College Football's 2019 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
With college football’s 2019 regular season in the books, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers for the All-America team. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there were no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. Heisman winner Joe Burrow was an easy selection as the first-team All-America...

Bowl Game Predictions: College Football Picks for Every Bowl Game in 2019-20

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
College football’s 2019-20 bowl season kicks off on Friday, Dec. 20, and continues until the national championship in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 13. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 20, three writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Two games are scheduled for Friday, six games are slated for the first...

College Football Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Every 2019-20 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
College football’s 2019-20 bowl season features 39 matchups, and Athlon’s editors are here with picks against the spread (ATS) for every postseason contest. Two games are slated for Dec. 20 to start the bowl season, the Rose and Sugar Bowl matchups headline the action on Jan. 1, while the final contest outside of the national title takes place on Jan. 6 with the LendingTree Bowl...

Redbox Bowl Prediction and Preview: California vs. Illinois

By Gabe Salgado, 4 weeks 1 hour ago
The Redbox Bowl will feature another Pac-12 vs. Big Ten contest when the California Golden Bears take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Monday.   The Bears (7-5) are playing in their second straight bowl game after posting back-to-back losing seasons in 2016-17. The Illini (6-6) are playing in their first bowl game since 2014 — Illinois lost in the Heart of Dallas Bowl — and...

Ranking the Watchability of the Big Ten's Bowl Games in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 2 days ago
The college football bowl season is here, and the Big Ten is serving up a loaded plate for fans this season. With Ohio State in the College Football Playoff and Wisconsin and Penn State each taking part in New Year's Six bowl games, the Big Ten will have plenty of spotlight opportunities to shine. One of the most intriguing matchups isn't even in the New Year's Six, but in the Citrus...

Illinois Football: 2019 Team Awards

By Gabe Salgado, 1 month 5 days ago
The Illinois Fighting Illini are finally turning the corner under Lovie Smith. The long-time NFL coach wasn't exactly on the hot seat, but it was starting to get warm after going 9-27 (4-23 in the Big Ten) over his first three seasons in Champaign. Heading into the 2019 season, Smith was given a contract extension which was questioned by the Illini faithful. And in the early weeks of the...

Big Ten Football: Players Who Need to Step Up for Their Teams This Bowl Season

By Gabe Salgado, 1 month 1 week ago
As the song goes, it's the most wonderful time of the year. It's bowl season on the college football schedule as 39 games will fill the calendar staring Dec. 20 and going on through the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 13. The Big Ten will make its presence felt with nine teams set to appear this postseason.   Since 2013, the Big Ten has gone 28-27...