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Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh Football Prediction and Preview

By Todd Saelhof, 1 day 11 hours ago
COVID-19 isn't going to stop the long-standing rivalry between ACC programs Syracuse and Pittsburgh.   One that dates back to 1916 and has been an annual fixture since 1955 continues here in the strange year of 2020 on Saturday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.   But that doesn't mean the world-wide health crisis isn't playing a part in the proceedings, with players from...

College Football Top 130 Team Rankings for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 day 11 hours ago
College football's 2020 season is underway, and Athlon Sports will rank every team following the games every weekend. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 130 teams won't take the field this fall. Instead, 76 are set to play, while 54 are not planning on a fall season. Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma headline the top 76 rankings after Week 2, with Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame and Texas A...

College Football Teams That Plan to Play a 2020 Season

By Steven Lassan, 1 day 15 hours ago
College football's 2020 season has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 40 teams have already decided not to play in the fall and will hope to schedule a season in the spring. With the Big Ten's announcement on Sept. 16 to start its season on Oct. 24, 90 programs are trying to play a full schedule in the fall. The Big Ten joins the ACC, Big 12 and SEC as the...

College Football Teams That Have Canceled Their 2020 Season

By Steven Lassan, 1 day 15 hours ago
College football's 2020 season will be remembered for the uncertainty and lack of participation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the Big Ten's announcement on Sept. 16 to start its delayed season on Oct. 24, 39 FBS teams are sitting out this fall while Air Force is set to play just two games.   UConn was the first program to not play fall sports this fall, followed by the...

ACC Football: Top 15 Must-See Games of 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 1 day 16 hours ago
The 2020 ACC football schedule is nothing if not historic.   As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the three Power 5 conferences participating in a fall 2020 season recalibrated its schedule. Part of that included adding affiliate member Notre Dame into the fold — the first time the Fighting Irish have been members of a football conference.   Certainly, Notre Dame'...

College Football Players Opting Out 2020 Season

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 13 hours ago
The COVID-19 pandemic is going to have a major impact on the 2020 college football season. As a result of the uncertainty surrounding the season, amount of games likely to be played, along with health risks associated with COVID-19, some players may choose to opt out for the 2020 season. The list of players opting out could grow into August and Athlon Sports will track these announcements by...

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 9 hours 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, just 76 teams will play this fall. As of early September, the Big Ten, Pac-12, MAC and Mountain West won’t play a fall season and are pursuing starts later in the winter. As a result, the top 25 will look a lot...

College Football Week 2 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 11 hours ago
With the second weekend of the 2020 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team and freshman from...

College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 2)

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 13 hours 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 2020 season was headlined by Clemson's easy win at Wake Forest, Louisiana's upset over Iowa State, Arkansas State's road victory at Arkansas State and Miami's win over UAB on Thursday night....

6 College Football Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Week 2

By Kevin McGuire, 6 days 13 hours ago
If any lesson could be learned from Week 1 of the college football season, it is that there are going to be some not-so-perfect performances as teams return to game action. That meant picking against the spread was a dangerous activity. You can expect that trend to carry over to Week 2 as the ACC and Big 12 begin sending teams out to the football field. Among the teams in action this week are...