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Maryland Terrapins vs. Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
For only the third time, the Maryland Terrapins will be facing the Wisconsin Badgers. Maryland has previously played at Wisconsin in 2014 (lost 52-7) and hosted the Badgers in '15 (lost 31-24). The Terrapins are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, while Wisconsin enters this contest undefeated.   Maryland started the season with an impressive road win at Texas but has slumped to a record of 3-3. Key injuries at the quarterback position have impacted...
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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
The Iowa State Cyclones are set to travel to Lubbock Saturday to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Matt Campbell led Iowa State to a huge upset win over Oklahoma and improved to 2-1 in Big 12 play with a 45-0 shutout of Kansas. Kliff Kingsbury took himself off the hot seat with wins over Arizona State, at Houston and guided the Red Raiders into the Top 25 ahead of last week’s game at West Virginia, which resulted in a 46-35 loss after failing to protect an 18-point lead.   Preseason...
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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Duke Blue Devils Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
It seems as though the Duke Blue Devils have already played two different seasons. Over the first four games, Duke averaged 40 points per game with each contest resulting in a victory. But during the last three, the Devils have scored just 37 total points and lost each time.   Pittsburgh travels to Durham this week, and the Panthers don’t really want to hear about Duke’s troubles. Following a loss to NC State, Pittsburgh is now 2-5 and is winless in three ACC battles.   Pittsburgh...
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10 College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 8

posted on October 18, 2017
The Week 8 edition of college football picks against the spread is highlighted by an intriguing showdown in the SEC West (LSU travels to Ole Miss) and a critical Big Ten East battle (Penn State hosts Michigan). Here are 10 predictions for games against the spread:   Ole Miss (+7) over LSU No team has changed the tenor of its season more in the last two weeks than LSU. After losing at home to Troy, the Tigers ripped off wins at Florida and over Auburn (in a game in which they trailed 20–0)....
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
Western Kentucky (4-2) extended its winning streak to three games last week in a 45-14 blowout victory over Charlotte. The Hilltoppers had a season-high 627 yards of total offense, including 398 passing yards and six total touchdowns from senior quarterback Mike White, who is starting to play some his best ball of the year.   Trending the opposite direction, after starting the season 2-0, Old Dominion (2-4) comes into Friday’s matchup riding a four-game losing streak after getting blown...
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Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Preview and Prediction

posted on October 18, 2017
In Marshall and Middle Tennessee you have a pair of Conference USA East Division teams that have swapped places when it comes to preseason expectations. The Blue Raiders were projected to be a threat to Western Kentucky for the top spot, while the Thundering Herd were being viewed as a borderline bowl team.   Halfway through the season and a look at the standings finds Marshall (5-1, 2-0 CUSA) one win away from bowl eligibility and tied for first in the East with FAU, while Middle Tennessee...
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FCS Football: Best Games and Predictions for Week 8

posted on October 18, 2017
Welcome to another episode of “Who’s Needs the Victory More?”   At this point in the college football season, teams with a little more desperation can spring some surprising upsets to make conference races a little crazier.   So, yes, the best team doesn’t always win on any given FCS Saturday.   Here are the Week 8 games of the week:   Note: All times ET   Saturday, Oct. 21   Saint Francis (4-2, 2-0 Northeast) at Duquesne (5-1, 2-0),...
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Florida Gators Midseason Review and Second Half Preview

posted on October 18, 2017
If it wasn’t for a couple of miracle plays, the Florida Gators could easily be 1-5 heading into their bye week. As it is, the Gators are 3-3 (3-2 SEC), and while a third straight SEC East title is unlikely, the team could still become bowl eligible.   At the halfway point, the Gators' offense is ranked 105th in the country (351.2 yards per game). Florida's defense is leading the way once again, currently ranking 41st in the FBS (354.8 ypg).    Things won't...
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Texas Longhorns Midseason Review and Second Half Preview

posted on October 18, 2017
The Tom Herman era got off to a disastrous start at Texas, as Big Ten also-ran Maryland beat the stuffing out of the Longhorns in their season opener. UT has shown incremental progress since then, especially in hard-fought losses to Oklahoma and USC.   Moral victories only take a team so far, though. Herman’s ‘Horns are still looking for a signature win to prove he’s every bit the coaching prodigy Texas fans were promised when he was hired.   Offensive MVP: QB Sam...
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UCLA Bruins Midseason Review and Second Half Preview

posted on October 18, 2017
Injuries and other issues plagued UCLA en route to a 4-8 finish in 2016. With quarterback Josh Rosen back in the fold, however, 2017 opened with a lot of promise — promise the Bruins can still reach in the second half of their schedule.   UCLA sits at 3-3, 1-2 in Pac-12 play, following a roller-coaster few years. The Bruins' season-opening win over Texas A&M served as a fitting metaphor for the entire first portion of the season, with UCLA playing poorly enough to fall behind by...
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