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West Virginia Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Jeremy Simon, 1 month 4 days ago
Despite being picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 by the media there is plenty of optimism surrounding West Virginia leading into the 2017 season.   Florida transfer quarterback Will Grier has been cleared to start the season coming off of an NCAA suspension and after sitting out last season due to transfer rules.   Grier will have plenty of weapons at his disposal, including...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

Ranking the Big 12 Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The Big 12 features a solid collection of running backs at the top of the league, as West Virginia’s Justin Crawford, Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill, Baylor’s Terence Williams and TCU’s Kyle Hicks are back after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in 2016. Texas junior Chris Warren is healthy after missing most of last year due to a knee injury, and he’s expected to...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the Big 12

By Matt Josephs, 1 month 1 week ago
It has not been a dull offseason for the Big 12, highlighted by the departure of longtime Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. In addition, more news kept coming out of Baylor. Unfortunately, it was predominantly negative.   As for the 2017 season on the field, expect plenty of points to be scored and the Big 12 to get plenty of opportunities to improve its standing and reputation as it...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...

Big 12 Wild Card Players in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 1 month 2 weeks ago
A year ago, fresh faces such as Oklahoma edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas helped shape the Big 12 race. Other programs counted on newcomers and unknowns who ultimately didn’t have the same impact on the field.   Here are some of the wild cards who could have a hand in setting the course of the Big 12 this season.   Baylor Bears...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...

Ranking the Toughest Games on West Virginia’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Jeremy Simon, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Trying to build off of a rare 10-win season for the West Virginia Mountaineers will be no easy task. After once again losing valuable pieces of the puzzle to the NFL, Dana Holgorsen and Co. will look to put together back-to-back double-digit-win seasons, which hasn’t happened since the Mountaineers went 32-5 under Rich Rodriguez from 2005-07.   Success on offense will begin...