Athlon Sports: Previewing Memphis vs. USF Friday night football

Paxton Lynch
October 1, 2015

One month into the college football season it is beginning to look more and more as though the Group of Five representative in the New Years Six could be coming out of the American Athletic Conference. Houston, Navy and Temple are all off to solid starts while the Mountain West Conference has stumbled, but the Memphis Tigers may be putting together the best possible candidate as we enter October. Memphis…


Wife Knows Best: Week 1 College football picks

September 4, 2015

The ultimate domestic dispute resumes for Year 2 Last year I asked my wife to make picks for a handful of college football games each week. She obliged, and kicked my¬†butt some weeks. Now she’s back and ready to get off on the right foot as we once again go head-to-head! Loser has to do the dishes (well, actually, I generally do those the most anyway). Here we go with…


2015 Preview: Picking the SEC

Alabama vs Tennessee
September 3, 2015

Oh, you thought I forgot about the SEC? think again. I was merely saving the best for last. The SEC did not have a postseason to remember last season, leaving the door open for SEC haters and critics to blast the conference. The truth is the SEC remains the strongest conference from top to bottom with the talent coming in (and leaving for the NFL) and the coaching is improving…


2015 Preview: Picking the Pac-12

August 25, 2015

The Pac-12 has come on strong in recent years and has climbed the conference totem poll as a result. Not only has Oregon become a national force, but Stanford has developed quite the reputation and the Pac-12 South is emerging as one of the top divisions in the sport of college football. With USC on the rise, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State all legitimate Pac-12 contenders in their own right…


2015 Preview: Picking the Big Ten

Ezekiel Elliott
August 23, 2015

Is the Big Ten on the upswing? It would be hard to say otherwise given how last season ended for the conference and what has transpired since. Ohio State won the national championship after sneaking in to the College Football Playoff as the No. 4 seed, knocking off top seed and SEC champion Alabama and No. 2 seed and Pac-12 champion Oregon (who in the process took out the ACC…


2015 Preview: Picking the Big 12

TCU tied for the top spot in the McGuire Ranking in 2014, but...
August 5, 2015

OK, let’s put our cards on the table. I don’t hate the Big 12, I just hate its nonconference scheduling. I don’t think the Big 12 needs to expand to survive. In fact, I think it manages just fine with 10 members (well, as long as those 9 get along with Texas). I don’t think the Big 12 should have been involved in the College Football Playoff last season, but…


2015 Preview: Picking the ACC

Deshaun Watson
August 3, 2015

The ACC is starting to gain some confidence as a conference based on success in recent seasons. Florida State won a BCS title and Clemson defeated Ohio State in the Orange Bowl two postseasons ago. Last year the Seminoles were invited to the College Football Playoff and Georgia Tech topped the SEC’s Cinderella team from Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl, and Clemson¬†smacked Oklahoma up and down the field in…


2015 Preview: Picking the Mountain West Conference

July 28, 2015

Boise State has been known to be one of the top little engines that could in college football, and this season should be no different. In fact, this little blue engine could have enough steam to make for some heated conversations later in the season if things start off well for the Broncos. Considering the strength of the Mountain West Conference as a whole compared to other Group of Five…


2015 Preview: Picking Conference USA

July 4, 2015

Keeping in the patriotic spirit of July 4th, and to follow up this morning’s American Athletic Conference predictions, why not serve up a helping of Conference USA predictions for the new season? A year after Marshall fell just shy of potentially cashing in on a big bowl payout, Conference USA looks elsewhere this season to see if a contender can rise to the occasion. It will not, but there are…


2015 Preview: Picking the American Athletic Conference

Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel throws a 22-yard touchdown pass to Shaq Washington in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Toledo, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. Kiel tied a school record with six touchdown passes as Cincinnati won 58-34. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
July 4, 2015

College football may still be a little under two months away, but that does not mean it is too early to start doing some projecting. Today I am starting to reveal my offseason win projections, and what more appropriate way to get it started than by sorting through the American Athletic Conference. After all, it is the most patriotic conference in college sports and it is July 4 (sorry Conference…