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Georgia Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

posted on August 17, 2017
Kirby Smart’s debut as a head coach at his alma mater was filled with ups and downs as he adjusted to the team and the Georgia Bulldogs adjusted to some new moving parts. Despite surprising losses though, there were also enough impressive victories for a young squad to lend credence that 2017 could be a special season in Athens.   As a result, the Bulldogs begin the year with sky-high expectations of not only winning the SEC East but also loosening the grip that rival Alabama has on...
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Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017

posted on August 16, 2017
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 less than two weeks away, it’s time to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon’s projected national champion. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson on the final play of last year’s title game, and even though both sides of the ball have a few holes to fill, coach Nick Saban’s program is still the team to beat. Ohio State...
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Heisman Watch: 12 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2017

posted on August 16, 2017
The Heisman Trophy is handed out to college football’s most outstanding player but when it comes to preseason predictions, the award is not much more than a popularity contest that features the biggest names in the sport. That’s one reason why you’ll hear about USC’s Sam Darnold, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson in just about every conversation when it comes to the trophy prior to the start of the season.   Heisman Watch: ACC I...
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15 College Football Teams Poised for a Breakout Season in 2017

posted on August 16, 2017
Making preseason predictions or assembling rankings for all 130 college football teams is never easy. After all, it’s impossible to be 100 percent accurate at the end of any season. The emergence of breakout players, injuries, bad luck are just a few reasons why some teams don’t live up to the preseason hype. Additionally, college football always produces a handful of teams that exceed preseason expectations and end up better than predicted prior to the start of the season.   Which...
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Oklahoma Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

posted on August 16, 2017
It was just your typical offseason around the Oklahoma football program.   The Sooners were coming off a Big 12 title, their second in a row. A highly touted group of freshmen had just hit campus. Columnists were stretching to find new angles for think pieces about Bob Stoops' Sisyphean pursuit of a second national title.   But what happened on June 7 was far from typical. Stoops shocked the college football world and turned over the keys to the program to hotshot offensive coordinator...
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Predicting the ACC's Biggest Upsets in 2017

posted on August 16, 2017
There's something a little more compelling about a big upset in college football than most anywhere else.   This year, the ACC has a number of top-level teams, so the chances for a big stunner are there for the taking.   Teams like Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Miami and Virginia Tech all seem to have the requisite amount of preseason hype, so those are the squads that will be targeted in this look ahead at which games could possibly end up shocking the nation.   Here...
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Outrageous College Football Predictions for the SEC in 2017

posted on August 16, 2017
The polls are coming out. The odds are set. The pundits and prognosticators have all had their say. There really isn't much more to do before the 2017 college football season kicks off, right?   Who am I kidding?   For better or worse, it's time once again for some OUTRAGEOUS* college football predictions heading into the 2017 slate.   Continuing on with our series of preseason outrageousness, it's time to take a look at the SEC. The conference had a nice run of being viewed...
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Predicting the Pac-12's Biggest Upsets for 2017

posted on August 15, 2017
The college football conference with more bizarre late-night happenings than a Crispin Glover talk show appearance never fails to provide memorable, sometimes championship-altering upsets.    Who can forget Stanford's win at Oregon in 2012, or USC's victory there the season prior – both of which changed the face of the BCS championship. In 2014, Oregon State shocked Arizona State to change the complexion of Pac-12 South. Washington State did likewise when it stunned...
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Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big Ten in 2017

posted on August 15, 2017
The polls are coming out. The odds are set. The pundits and prognosticators have all had their say. There really isn't much more to do before the 2017 college football season kicks off, right?   Who am I kidding?   For better or worse, it's time once again for some OUTRAGEOUS* college football predictions heading into the 2017 slate.   Continuing on with our series of preseason outrageousness, it's time to take a look at the Big Ten. The nation's oldest conference...
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6 Teams Ready to Turn Close Losses into Big Wins in 2017

posted on August 15, 2017
Looking back at the preseason polls once a season has ended is like looking at an old yearbook before your high school reunion. I really thought that hair style looked good? And what’s with that shirt? What was I thinking?   I really thought Tennessee was a top-10 team? How could I have believed that Ole Miss and Michigan State were going to be fine after what they lost following 2015? And really? Notre Dame?   College football is inherently and beautifully unpredictable, and...
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