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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...

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...

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Ohio State and Oklahoma meet in Columbus on Saturday night in a clash of top-five teams with College Football Playoff aspirations in 2017. While it’s only Week 2, the playoff and national title implications for this game are obvious. These two teams were the preseason favorite in their respective conferences, and a win here would be a good resume boost in December.   Ohio State...

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...

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

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 1 week 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...