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Early Pac-12 Football Predictions for 2018

posted on January 15, 2018
The Pac-12 is a league in transition on the gridiron for the 2018 college football season. The conference is set to feature five new head coaches, including Chip Kelly at UCLA and Herm Edwards at Arizona State. In addition to the turnover at the top, the league also loses quarterbacks Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA) and Luke Falk (Washington State). Washington returns most of its core from 2017 and is the early favorite to hoist the conference title next fall. The Huskies need to produce more...
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College Football's 2017-18 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

posted on January 15, 2018
An outstanding postseason with the first overtime games in both College Football Playoff National Championship and Rose Bowl history put a fitting cap on what was an unforgettable 2017 college football campaign.   Preseason No. 1 Alabama ascended to the mountaintop for the fifth time under head coach Nick Saban, which might suggest a ho-hum season on the surface. However, the 2017 season featured more twists over the course of the fall than any since 2007, and concluded with more controversy...
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FCS Players to Watch at Shrine, NFLPA All-Star Games

posted on January 15, 2018
This week’s two major college football all-star games are overflowing with players from the FCS level.   The 93rd annual East-West Shrine Game boasts 16 players from the subdivision, while there’s a whopping 22 at the seventh annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.   The Shrine Game includes Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, who’s fresh off winning a second straight Walter Payton Award as the FCS offensive player of the year. Other players to watch include South...
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Early Big 12 Football Predictions for 2018

posted on January 12, 2018
Oklahoma opens 2018 looking to claim its fourth consecutive Big 12 title. Coach Lincoln Riley’s team was just a few plays away from earning a trip to the national championship game in 2017, and the roster is still loaded with talent for another run at the playoffs. Texas A&M transfer Kyler Murray is expected to replace Baker Mayfield at quarterback, and the Sooners can lean on Rodney Anderson at running back until the passing game develops behind the new signal-caller. Texas appears to be the...
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Podcast: Athlon Sports Way-Too-Early 2018 Top 25 (Listen Now!)

posted on January 11, 2018
In the latest Cover 2 podcast, Braden Gall and Mitch Light are joined by Steven Lassan to discuss Athlon Sports’ Way Too Early 2018 Top 25.   Items discussed:   • Alabama is No. 1. Again. (Boring!)   • Why is Michigan ranked so high?   • Will the strength of the Big Ten East make it difficult for the league to send a team to the CFB Playoff?   • What’s in store for blue bloods like Florida, Florida State and Texas.   •...
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Early ACC Football Predictions for 2018

posted on January 11, 2018
The top of the ACC in 2018 could look a lot like the 2017 standings. Clemson has claimed three consecutive conference titles and begins the preseason as the favorite for next fall. The Tigers should have an explosive offense, while the defense should remain among the best in college football. Florida State is the biggest threat to Clemson in the Atlantic Division, but coach Willie Taggart’s team is likely a year away from pushing for the top spot. In the Coastal, Miami finally reached...
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Early Ranking of the 10 Best Games of Week 1 of the 2018 College Football Season

posted on January 11, 2018
It’s always such a bittersweet moment when we crown a new national champion in college football. Alabama has just brushed the confetti off its shoulders and carried the title trophy to its awaiting bus. Fans of the two teams left the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and took to drinking in the pubs. And equipment managers had started throwing uniforms into the industrial-sized washers. Yet, there are those of us out here who are already thinking about what 2018 would bring. Yes, we’re jonesing...
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What ex-QBs are currently head coach at their alma mater?

posted on January 11, 2018
Every school would love to have a Steve Spurrier situation. The Ol’ Ball Coach famously won the Heisman Trophy as Florida’s QB before leading the Gators to a national title as head coach.   Currently, there are quite a few notable ex-QBs who coach their alma mater: • Nebraska just hired Scott Frost, who led the Cornhuskers to a co-national title in 1997.   • Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh was Big Ten MVP under legendary coach Bo Schembechler.   • Oklahoma...
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Early SEC Football Predictions for 2018

posted on January 10, 2018
After a thrilling, All-SEC national championship game in Atlanta, the Jan. 8 meeting could be the start of a run of Georgia-Alabama matchups in meaningful spots in a college football season. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide begin 2018 at the top of their respective divisions in the SEC and another meeting next December in the CFB Playoff wouldn’t be a surprise. While Alabama and Georgia are the standard for the rest of the conference, the next group of teams features two programs with new...
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Podcast: College Football National Championship Game Recap (Listen Now!)

posted on January 09, 2018
In the latest Cover 2 podcast, Braden Gall and Mitch Light recap on Monday’s night’s thrilling national title game.   Items discussed:   • Nick Saban’s gutsy decision to bench Jalen Hurts in favor of true freshman Tua Tagovailoa.   • Did Georgia get too conservative in the second half?   • What does this mean for the Bulldogs going foward?   • How does this title game stack up against some the great games in recent years?   •...
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