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South Florida Bulls vs. Tulane Green Wave Preview and Prediction

posted on October 20, 2017
Among current American Athletic Conference members, the last one to complete a perfect season was Tulane in 1998. On Saturday, the Green Wave will try to ensure that South Florida doesn’t do likewise.   Tulane will host the No. 16 Bulls at Yulman Stadium, hoping to hand the 6-0 team from Tampa its first defeat of the year. USF is coming off a 33-3 drubbing of Cincinnati and hasn’t played a game against an FBS team that has been decided by fewer than 20 points in its first year...
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Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas State Wildcats Preview and Prediction

posted on October 19, 2017
While the Oklahoma Sooners were holding off the Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl last week, the Kansas State Wildcats were stumbling to a grand total of six points in a decisive loss to TCU.   Is OU shaping up for a letdown? Can KSU bounce back?   If both answers are “yes,” conditions will be ripe for an upset in Manhattan this weekend.   Oklahoma at Kansas State   Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. ET TV Channel: FOX Spread: Oklahoma -14   Three...
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Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins Preview and Prediction

posted on October 19, 2017
Oregon and UCLA share a few traits heading into Saturday's matchup at the Rose Bowl.   Both teams are coming off disappointing, 4-8 finishes a season ago. Each has shown marked improvement in 2017, but need to finish strong in the latter-half of the schedule to strengthen their postseason positioning. Also, neither team has won away from home this season —  a fact that benefits the host Bruins this week.   Despite a 3-0 start, Oregon limps in off two, lopsided losses,...
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College Football's 10 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 8

posted on October 19, 2017
A weekend of upsets has shaken up the college football world and made things very interesting on a number of fronts in Week 8. As great as some of the matchups are this week 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 college football fan, a coach or an NFL scout, here are 10 of the best position vs. position battles of the bunch between offensive stars and their defensive counterparts on the...
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Syracuse Orange vs. Miami Hurricanes Preview and Prediction

posted on October 19, 2017
When looking at the schedule before the season, some probably though Miami’s game against Syracuse would be a bit of a cakewalk. But after last weekend, assuming anything close to that would be a mistake.   Syracuse is fresh off of arguably the biggest upset of the season thus far, following a 27-24 home win over then-No. 2 Clemson last Friday night. Now the Orange will look to knock off a top-10 (and undefeated) team in back-to-back weeks.   Miami moved up to No. 8 in this week’s...
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Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Preview and Prediction

posted on October 19, 2017
Any chance Tennessee pulls the miracle at Alabama this week?   Nah. Won’t happen. Can’t happen. Never.   But didn’t four top-10 teams lose to unranked teams last week? Four of them!   Still, you say the Vols can’t beat the Tide?   Okay, okay, you’re probably right. The chances are extremely minute. I mean this is a Big Orange... er, Little Orange team that has lost three straight SEC games and looked more and more punchless along the...
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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Michigan State Spartans Preview and Prediction

posted on October 19, 2017
The Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan State Spartans will meet up on Saturday in East Lansing for what could be a sneaky-good Big Ten East tilt. Mark Dantonio's Spartans have been on a roll since losing to Notre Dame last month, taking down Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota in consecutive weeks. They'll try to keep their winning streak alive this weekend against a feisty Indiana squad. The Hoosiers took Michigan to overtime last week and could pull off a win against the Spartans with a similar effort.   Indiana...
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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview and Prediction

posted on October 19, 2017
On Saturday, Illinois and Minnesota will get together at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis with the goal of finally breaking through in the conference win column. Both the Fighting Illini and Golden Gophers enter this game 0-3 in Big Ten play, looking for some positive momentum as the second half of the 2017 season commences.   Illinois is 2-4 overall and has lost its last four games. Head coach Lovie Smith saw his team get off to a quick start but the good fortunes did not last, as the Illini’s...
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Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Utah Utes Preview and Prediction

posted on October 19, 2017
Utah faces the challenge of snapping a two-game losing streak against suddenly surging Arizona State.   The Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) suffered a 28-27 setback to USC after the Trojans stopped Troy Williams on a two-point conversion attempt in the final minute. Utah surrendered a 14-point halftime lead after its defense allowed USC to mount touchdown drives of 88, 93 and 98 yards in the second half. It's a key reason why Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham opted to go for two on his team's...
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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Preview and Prediction

posted on October 19, 2017
Don’t look now, Kentucky fans, but the Wildcats are one win away from their best start in a decade. Kentucky, which many at the beginning of the season expected to be a player in the SEC East, hasn’t disappointed as it enters Saturday’s showdown with Mississippi State at 5-1 and in sole possession of second place in its division at 2-1.   Mississippi State is coming off of a 35-10 win against beleaguered BYU. While the Bulldogs are a respectable 4-2 and 1-2 in conference...
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