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Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 8

posted on October 19, 2017
Week 7 of the 2017 college football season was a lot of fun — depending on who you were rooting for. We saw four top 10 teams take losses, throwing quite the wrench in everything we thought we knew.   As Week 8 approaches, it's getting tougher to pick the potential outrageous outcomes. Parity seems to be en vogue around the country, so literally nothing surprises us at this point. Be that as it may, here are five more OUTRAGEOUS predictions for this weekend's action.   Outrageous...
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Miami Hurricanes Midseason Review and Second Half Preview

posted on October 19, 2017
It has been an interesting first six weeks of the season for the Miami Hurricanes. Hurricane Irma forced the Hurricanes to cancel their road game against Arkansas State and reschedule two more games (at Florida State, vs. Georgia Tech).   Then on Oct. 7, the Hurricanes finally ended their seven-game losing streak to the Seminoles on a last-second touchdown pass.   While it is only mid-October, at 5-0 (3-0 ACC), Miami is not only in contention for its first ACC Championship Game appearance,...
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Penn State Nittany Lions Midseason Review and Second Half Preview

posted on October 19, 2017
So far, so good. Halfway through the college football season, Penn State has done everything it was expected to do as the Nittany Lions entered their bye week with a clean 6-0 record. Saquon Barkley has been a top candidate for the Heisman Trophy, the defense has played inspired football, and the defending Big Ten champions have scored revenge against Pittsburgh and avoided tripping up in early conference road tests against Iowa and Northwestern.   Now the real challenges begin for Penn...
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Podcast: College Football Week 8 Preview (Listen Now!)

posted on October 18, 2017
In the latest Cover 2 podcast, Braden Gall and Mitch Light preview the Week 8 college football schedule highlighted by the Penn State-Michigan game in Happy Valley and USC’s trip to Notre Dame. They also dive into the Heisman Trophy race. Mitch has Bryce Love at the top of his list. Braden is a Saquon Barkley guy.     Other topics discussed:   • Braden’s trip to the Wisconsin game this week   • Alabama’s dominance   • Can Texas...
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College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 8

posted on October 18, 2017
Week 8 of the 2017 college football season features plenty of intriguing matchups, as conference play and league showdowns go into full effect in mid-October, and Athlon Sports is ready with complete predictions, preview and picks for the eighth weekend of action. The Week 8 slate kicks off on Thursday night with two matchups. Louisiana travels to Arkansas State in Sun Belt action, while Memphis visits Houston in a key game for the American Athletic Conference's West Division....
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Boston College Eagles vs. Virginia Cavaliers Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
There are genuine good vibes around both programs as the Virginia Cavaliers and Boston College Eagles prepare to meet this weekend in Charlottesville in an ACC crossover game.   For Virginia, head coach Bronco Mendenhall's second year has put the team right where it wants to be, as the Cavaliers are 5-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Although the schedule so far hasn't been all that tough, the Cavaliers do own a road win over Boise State and are playing up to their potential, something...
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Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
With the help of losses by Clemson and Washington, the TCU Horned Frogs bumped up to fourth in the AP poll after handling Kansas State 26-6. The revenge tour continues for TCU, who is now 4-0 against teams it lost to last season (Arkansas, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Kansas State).   Meantime, in Lawrence, the brutal season continues for the Kansas Jayhawks. KU was crushed by Iowa State 45-0 and had less than 110 total yards of offense on the afternoon. Now the Jayhawks go back on the...
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Air Force Falcons vs. Nevada Wolf Pack Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
Air Force and Nevada are set for a Friday night clash in Reno following a tale of two fourth quarters a week ago. The Falcons fell behind 27-0 at home to UNLV before storming back and winning 34-30. Air Force won the fourth quarter 14-0 to pick up its second win of the season. Now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West play, the Falcons gained important momentum as they prepare to make a run at a bowl game.   On the other hand, Nevada pushed first-place Colorado State to the limit, held a two-score...
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Colorado State Rams vs. New Mexico Lobos Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
The New Mexico Lobos will host the Colorado State Rams in a key battle in the Mountain West Conference's Mountain Division on Friday night. Head coach Bob Davie's Lobos are coming off of a disastrous performance in a 38-0 loss to Fresno State, while Mike Bobo has the Rams firing on all cylinders offensively — leading the division and sporting an undefeated record in conference play.   Colorado State at New Mexico   Kickoff: Friday, Oct. 20 at 10:15 p.m. ET TV Channel:...
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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
Two Big Ten teams looking to get to .500 in conference play will face off for the first time ever as Rutgers hosts Purdue on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights (2-4, 1-2 Big Ten) are coming off of a solid 35-24 road win at Illinois, while the Boilermakers (3-3, 1-2) fell at Wisconsin 17-9.   When Purdue hired head coach Jeff Brohm away from Western Kentucky, the hope was that he would put his stamp on the offense. Well improvement has come slowly, especially in Big Ten games where the Boilermakers...
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