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

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 2 weeks 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...

Ohio State's Punting an Underrated Factor in Buckeyes' Rematch with Oklahoma

By Allen Kenney, 4 months 2 weeks ago
In what was supposed to be one of the marquee matchups of the 2016 college football season, the Ohio State Buckeyes left no doubt as to the superior team in throttling the Oklahoma Sooners, 45-24.   OSU pounded the ball on the ground for nearly 300 yards, chewing up more than six yards per carry, while quarterback J.T. Barrett and wideout Noah Brown exploited OU's woebegone...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 2

By J.P. Scott, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The first full week of the 2017 college football season had a bit of everything. We saw some offenses that lit up the scoreboards, some defenses that held their ground and some upstarts pull off a couple of upsets.   Week 2 has a few interesting matchups that lend themselves to some outrageous outcomes. After going 2-for-5 last week, it's time for a new batch of OUTRAGEOUS* ...

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

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 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...

College Football's Top 20 Quarterback Debuts of 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 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, 4 months 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...

College Football Week 1 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks 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...

College Football Top 25 Rankings (Week 1)

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks 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 first weekend of the 2017 season didn't disappoint. Alabama knocked off Florida State in Atlanta on Saturday night, while Tennessee and Georgia Tech played an entertaining overtime affair in the same stadium on Monday night. Ohio State...

Top 5 College Football Kickoff Games of All-Time

By Aaron Tallent, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Most college football teams with a shot at success start their season off with a tune-up or two, but a handful play their fellow ranked opponents on a neutral site. This is just one of many efforts over the past four decades to bring a “bowl game” feel to the beginning of the college football season.    The first and longest-running of these efforts was the Kickoff...

UTEP Miners vs. Oklahoma Sooners Preview and Prediction

By Allen Kenney, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Back in 2012, Bob Stoops took Oklahoma to El Paso to start the season with a game against Mike Price’s UTEP Miners. In what should have been a rout, the Sooners slogged through a 24-7 win that wasn’t truly decided until the fourth quarter.   It will be Lincoln Riley and Sean Kugler on the sidelines this time around in the two teams’ first meeting in six years. If the...