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New Mexico Bowl Preview and Prediction: Marshall vs. Colorado State

posted on December 12, 2017
Colorado State and Marshall both ended the regular season on a down note, but the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 16 is an opportunity to end the year with a little momentum. The Thundering Herd started 6-1 but won just one of their final five matchups. The Rams got off to a 6-2 start and finished just 1-3 over their final four games. While bowl games are just a one-game exhibition, Marshall and Colorado State would at least like to end the year with some hardware and erase the disappointment from November.   Colorado...
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Cure Bowl Preview and Prediction: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State

posted on December 12, 2017
It was a year of streaks for both Western Kentucky (6-6) and Georgia State (6-5).   After a 1-2 start to the regular season, the Hilltoppers got on a roll, rattling off four consecutive wins and were looking like the class of Conference USA once again. That did not materialize, however, as WKU lost four out of its last five games to close the season, including a 41-17 blowout loss to FIU in the finale.   For the Panthers, a pair of two-game losing streaks bookended their 2017 campaign,...
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Las Vegas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Boise State vs. Oregon

posted on December 12, 2017
This is the matchup the Las Vegas Bowl wanted. Boise State and Oregon will tangle in Sam Boyd Stadium on the opening day of the 2017 college football bowl season. It's sure to produce plenty of fireworks on the field and, maybe, some off the field as well.   Boise State is 2-0 all-time against Oregon after sweeping a home-and-home series in 2008 and '09. Both games are memorable for contentious moments. The second one featured Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount punching Boise State...
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15 Best ACC College Football Games of 2017

posted on December 12, 2017
From top to bottom, the ACC was the best conference in college football during the 2017 season. The ACC boasts the defending national champion and No. 1 seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, Clemson, as well as the 2016 Heisman winner and '17 Heisman finalist, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.   There was much more to the ACC in the past season than Clemson and Jackson, though.   Teams such as NC State, Wake Forest and Boston College emerged to deliver marquee moments...
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Ranking the Watchability of the Big 12's Bowl Games in 2017

posted on December 12, 2017
Oklahoma has been the Big 12’s headliner this season, but the conference will be well represented throughout the bowl schedule. Eight teams are in the postseason, which is an increase from the six that qualified in 2016 as Big 12 teams went 4-2 in their bowl games.   The Sooners’ return to the College Football Playoff is the highlight for this bowl season, but it’s far from the only intriguing matchup involving Big 12 teams. In fact, if it weren’t for some extenuating...
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Clemson Tigers 2017 Team Awards

posted on December 12, 2017
Clemson heads into the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed, so a lot of positive things happened for the Tigers over the past three months. Here are some awards for Dabo Swinney’s guys.   Offensive MVP: Kelly Bryant, QB The stats say that Bryant competed 66 percent of his throws for 2,426 yards and 12 touchdowns while running for 639 yards and 10 more scores. But his true importance went beyond the numbers and was obvious to anyone that followed Clemson this season. When Bryant...
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Ohio State Buckeyes 2017 Team Awards

posted on December 12, 2017
With a little more than two weeks to go, Urban Meyer and his coaching staff are busy preparing Ohio State to take on USC in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. While the coaches and players are busy with preparations for their Dec. 29 game in Arlington, Texas, here are some awards that relate to the 2017 season, up until this point.   Offensive MVP: J.T. Barrett, QB Barrett will leave Ohio State holding virtually every Buckeye passing record, along with many Big Ten marks. While the records...
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West Virginia Mountaineers 2017 Team Awards

posted on December 12, 2017
Despite fielding one of the most unproven rosters in the Big 12, expectations were high for the West Virginia Mountaineers in 2017 following a 10-win season. Head coach Dana Holgorsen led his team to a 7-5 overall record and 5-4 mark in conference play against a tough schedule during the regular season, which included four losses to ranked opponents and wins against two others. As the Mountaineers prepare for Utah and the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26, here are some team awards.   Offensive...
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Podcast: College Football Coaching Carousel (Listen Now!)

posted on December 11, 2017
It’s time for Coach-A-Palooza 2017! In the latest Cover 2 podcast, Braden Gall and Mitch Light react to what has been a crazy few weeks on the coaching carousel.   Topics discussed:   • Why Chip Kelly was the best hire by any school.   • What the heck is going on at Pac-12 schools not named UCLA.   • Why Jimbo Fisher is not a sure thing at Texas A&M.   • How many coaches would we have hired instead of Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee.   Send...
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Ranking the Watchability of the ACC’s Bowl Games in 2017

posted on December 11, 2017
The Atlantic Coast Conference is again well represented during the bowl season. Ten ACC teams are in the postseason, highlighted by the defending champs looking to retain their crown in this year’s College Football Playoff.   But with bowls flooding the airwaves beginning on Dec. 16, it is virtually impossible to watch every game. Here is a ranking of the ACC bowl games, from “must-see TV” to “I’ll have it on if the wife and kids are out.”   1....
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