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Predictions for Every College Football 2017-18 Bowl Game

posted on December 11, 2017
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 16 and continues until the national championship in Atlanta, Ga. on Jan. 8. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 16, three writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games are slated for the first Saturday of action and nine other matchups are scheduled before Christmas. The bowl slate resumes after Christmas with three games on Dec....
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Top 5 Moments from Baker Mayfield's 2017 Heisman Trophy Season

posted on December 09, 2017
If Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield had to be described in one word, “polarizing” might be the first that comes to mind. Some believe his antics are signs of a Johnny Manziel 2.0, while others believe those actions exude confidence and leadership. There also are questions as to whether the 6-foot-1 senior will be successful in the NFL.   What’s one thing the experts agree on? That Mayfield was the most-deserving candidate for the Heisman Trophy in 2017....
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Podcast: College Football Bowl Preview (Listen Now!)

posted on December 08, 2017
In the latest Cover 2 podcast, Braden Gall and Mitch Light take a look at the bowl schedule and highlight which games they are most looking forward to watching.   Other topics discussed: • Are there too many bowl games? • Why star upperclassmen should sit out the postseason — and why we shouldn’t care. • Why Braden is horrified by the Boston College-Iowa matchup in the Pinstripe bowl. • Why your mom should be nice to you (Hint: Watch Mindhunter on Netflix).   Send...
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Baker Mayfield: Sooners' Unlikely Savior

posted on December 08, 2017
The evening of Dec. 29, 2014 felt like rock bottom for the Oklahoma Sooners.   Behind unheralded backup quarterback Cole Stoudt, the Clemson Tigers had just torched the team in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 40-6. It made for a fitting end to a season in Norman that started with national championship hopes and quickly devolved into disaster.   Head coach Bob Stoops made some dramatic changes to the program in the following days, the kind that seemed like a last gasp by a legendary coach...
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FCS Football: Quarterfinal Playoff Games and Predictions

posted on December 07, 2017
The home teams in the FCS quarterfinals say they’re ready to take a stand.   The first two rounds have been quite competitive with three road teams winning each time.   But this is the quarterfinals, where the big boys pound their chest. Home teams won all four games last year and three of the four in 2015.   The most vulnerable home team this weekend is sixth-seeded Sam Houston State, which hosts red-hot Kennesaw State. James Madison, North Dakota State and South Dakota...
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10 Amazing Heisman Trophy Stats You Need to Know in 2017

posted on December 07, 2017
On Saturday, the Heisman Trophy fraternity will welcome either Bryce Love or Baker Mayfield into its prestigious ranks or will celebrate just the second repeat honoree ever in Lamar Jackson. Both Jackson and Mayfield are returning to New York City as finalists last year.   Below are 10 facts to know about the 2017 Heisman Trophy ceremony.   13.5: Number of inches the Heisman Trophy stands The Heisman Trophy stands a little more than a foot tall and weighs approximately 25 pounds.   Crafted...
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3 Reasons Why Chad Morris is the Right Hire for Arkansas

posted on December 07, 2017
Arkansas concluded its coaching search on Wednesday, as SMU's Chad Morris was hired to replace Bret Bielema as the program’s next head coach. Morris went 14-22 in three seasons with the Mustangs, including a 7-5 mark in 2017. Prior to SMU, Morris was a high school coach in the state of Texas and had stints as an assistant at the collegiate level at Tulsa and Clemson.   Morris inherits a team that went 4-8 last season but went to bowl games in the three previous years. The switch...
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3 Priorities for New Florida State Coach Willie Taggart in 2018

posted on December 07, 2017
Florida State’s search to replace Jimbo Fisher lasted less than a week, as Willie Taggart was hired from Oregon as the program’s next head coach. Taggart is a Florida native, and considering he grew up a fan of the Seminoles, coaching at Florida State is his dream job. Additionally, he’s been a successful coach at WKU, USF and Oregon. All signs point to this being a standout hire for the Seminoles for 2018 and beyond.   For every new coach, the to-do list after the initial...
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FCS Quarterfinal Preview and Prediction: Weber State Wildcats vs. James Madison Dukes

posted on December 06, 2017
The longest active winning streak in Division I football will be on the line when defending national champion James Madison hosts Weber State on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. The No. 1-seeded Dukes (12-0) have won 24 games in a row, tied for the second longest run in FCS history, and are two victories away from a shot at back-to-back national titles.   The Wildcats (11-2) are looking to pull off the upset and extend their winning streak to eight games. Weber State,...
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3 Priorities for New Nebraska Coach Scott Frost in 2018

posted on December 06, 2017
After two seasons at UCF, Scott Frost decided to come home to Lincoln and take over at Nebraska. The former quarterback under legendary coach Tom Osborne went 18-7 with the Knights and guided the program to an American Athletic Conference title in 2017. Considering his familiarity with the program and track record at UCF, it won’t take Frost much time to generate improvement out of Nebraska’s roster. But Frost has a few key question marks to address on both sides of the ball this spring...
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