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

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The regular season is in the books for most college football teams across the country but a precious few are left standing to battle for a conference title. As great as some of the matchups are this weekend between championship contenders are though, they might not hold a candle to the games within a game — between players on either side of the ball.   Whether you’re a...

How USC and Stanford Changed on the Way to the Pac-12 Championship Game

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Temperatures inside the visiting team media tent within the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum tunnel get sweltering; especially on a late summer night. Despite this, and a 42-24 loss to Pac-12 rival USC, Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips was not sweating.   "We have a lot to improve on, and a lot of weeks to get there," Phillips said. "So, we'll see who's a...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Championship Week

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Championship Week is upon us, and we have an incredible slate of games that simply WILL decide who punches a ticket to the College Football Playoff.   There have been a lot of narratives leading up to this weekend. The lobbying has already begun — including some by teams who aren't playing for a conference title. Now, however, all that matters is what happens on the playing...

College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 14

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Week 14 of the 2017 college football season is the final weekend of action and several key matchups are on tap for Championship Saturday. The action starts on Friday night with the Pac-12 Championship and a rematch from earlier this year, as USC and Stanford meet at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Saturday's slate features a couple of intriguing matchups in the first wave of games,...

10 Head Coaching Moves College Football Programs Would Like to Forget

By Aaron Tallent, 1 month 2 weeks ago
With the end of college football’s regular season comes numerous coaching vacancies. Some programs, like Florida and UCLA, have found their guy. Others — um, Tennessee — have made national news, but still don’t have a coach to show for it.     A good coaching hire can revitalize a program. A bad one can cause years of damage. Everything looks easy from a...

When Conference Championship Games Cause Chaos

By Aaron Tallent, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Ever since Antonio Langham returned an interception for a touchdown in the first SEC Championship Game 25 years ago, one truth has remained: no college football team is safe on conference championship weekend.   Since that groundbreaking night in 1992, more conference championships have been created and they add to the excitement of the season. However, they can also wreak havoc on...

5 Reasons Why Stanford Will Win the Pac-12 Championship Game

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 month 2 weeks ago
USC dominated Stanford 42-24 back on Sept. 10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in what was the Pac-12 opener for both teams. The Trojans entered the game sixth in the AP Top 25, and was widely considered the conference favorite and a College Football Playoff contender at the time. Losses to Washington State and Notre Dame derailed those title hopes, but an undefeated run through...

Pac-12 Championship Game Preview and Prediction: Stanford vs. USC

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 3 weeks ago
When asked earlier this season if the USC-Stanford series had developed into a rivalry, Cardinal head coach David Shaw gave his endorsement. The ingredients are all there: The first game between the two was played in 1905, two decades before USC began either of its rivalries with UCLA or Notre Dame.   In recent years, the series has also taken on a contentious and competitive look....

Seven-Step Drop: College Football Playoff Selection Committee's Conundrum Sums up Season

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 weeks ago
When the College Football Playoff was announced with just a four-team setup, many instantly clamored for eight, 16 or even more teams. It was a natural reaction after years of being limited to just two teams for the ultimate prize and four just felt too small.   But the powers at be realized far quicker than most fans that in just about every season there has only been six or so teams...

College Football Top 25 Rankings (Updated)

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 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 13th weekend of the 2017 season featured several rivalry matchups, including the showdown in the SEC between Auburn and Alabama. The Tigers victory pushes coach Gus Malzahn's team into the top four, while the Crimson Tide are...