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LSU Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

posted on August 15, 2017
Miracles are not expected by the LSU faithful in Ed Orgeron’s first full season on the sidelines but a record better than last year’s 8-4 finish is a must, and widely expected to be accomplished. A marque non-conference, season-opening, neutral-site game against BYU could set the tone for Orgeron’s tenure in Baton Rouge while giving a solid outlook for the 2017 campaign. A miscue in Houston against the Cougars could force a repeat of last season’s fallen hope when the Tigers...
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Strength of Schedule Could Shape FCS Playoffs in 2017

posted on August 15, 2017
Top 25 rankings are fluid during the college football season, but going into the 2017 campaign, there are some telling signs about the schedules of some of the FCS powers.   The strength of regular season schedules – and lack of strength – just may foreshadow the postseason.   Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals North Dakota State and Northern Iowa enter the season with the most games against teams ranked in Athlon Sports’ FCS Preseason Top 25 – five each.   NDSU,...
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Nebraska Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

posted on August 14, 2017
After reaching an oh-so-familiar 9-4 record last season, Nebraska enters the 2017 college football season staring firmly down the barrel of a rebuild. That’s not exactly the place the program wanted to be in year three of Mike Riley’s tenure but it’s where the Cornhuskers look to be at in a year that could go a number of different ways depending on how quickly some fresh faces leave their mark.   While replacing so many starters will prove to be a challenge this season, the...
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Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2017

posted on August 14, 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.   We're going to get things rolling by trying to pin down the outrageousness that's going to take place in the ACC this season....
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Heisman Watch: Ranking the Group of 5's Top Candidates for 2017

posted on August 14, 2017
The Heisman Trophy is college football’s most prestigious individual award, so it should come as no surprise that it’s been very difficult for a player outside of a Power 5 conference to win it. In fact, the last time a player from one of the current Group of 5 conferences (AAC, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) did claim the Heisman was back in 1990 when BYU quarterback Ty Detmer was the winner.   As an FBS Independent, the Cougars at least have the advantage of being...
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College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2017

posted on August 11, 2017
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. Florida State and Alabama top Athlon's best defensive backfields for 2017, with Stanford and Virginia Tech headlining the next group of teams. The Seminoles boast two first-team...
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Heisman Watch: Big 12’s Top Candidates for 2017

posted on August 11, 2017
The Big 12 didn’t wind up having a team in the College Football Playoff last season but the conference was all over the Heisman Trophy ceremony, drawing the rare honor of sending not one but two finalists to New York for the sport’s ultimate individual honor.   Could the same thing happen again in 2017? Given the amount of players who put up eye-popping numbers in the conference, chances look good that there will be at least once finalist representing the Big 12 this December....
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North Carolina Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

posted on August 11, 2017
Larry Fedora inherited a solid program when he took over the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2012. The Heels had four consecutive winning seasons prior to Fedora’s arrival in Chapel Hill, though there was some turmoil off of the field. Despite uncertainty with regards to the NCAA, Fedora has maintained UNC’s winning ways, going to four straight bowl games as well as playing in the 2015 ACC Championship Game.   Now Fedora must prove that winning is ingrained in the program’s culture...
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Best Values in College Football Win Totals

posted on August 11, 2017
After breaking down each FBS conference and providing opinions on the win totals for all of those college football teams, it’s time to take a look at the best values. For this exercise, I am going to break my picks into two categories – “Best Values” and “Best Chance of Winning.”   Obviously I think all of these are going to win, but some of these plays are among my favorites because the price is too good not to take a shot. If I can give you an appealing...
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MAC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

posted on August 11, 2017
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused clichés used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches in the MAC to talk anonymously about their opponents.   Related: MAC Football 2017 Predictions   Note: These scouting reports come...
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