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Illinois Fighting Illini 2017 Spring Football Preview

By J.P. Scott, 4 days 6 hours ago
Year two of the Lovie Smith era at Illinois kicked off on Tuesday, as the Fighting Illini are the first FBS program in the country to begin spring practice.   Smith's first Champaign campaign did not go well, as his team finished 2016 with a 3-9 record. Illinois’ 2-7 Big Ten mark placed them second to last in the West Division, ahead of only Purdue.   Related: ...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 7 hours ago
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level. Great coaching, support staffs, state-of-...

College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 7 hours ago
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year....

Ranking the Big Ten's Football Rosters for 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 2 days ago
Recruiting may be the lifeblood of a college football program, but developing the incoming talent and maxing out the potential of a roster is a big reason why some coaches thrive and others will fail. At Ohio State, Urban Meyer and his staff continue to excel in both categories, which is why Ohio State routinely has the most talented roster in the conference. That has shown to pay off in the...

5 Newcomers for the Ohio State Buckeyes to Watch In 2017

By Chip Minnich, 1 week 4 days ago
Despite concluding the 2016 college football season on a very disappointing note, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his restructured coaching staff were able to land one of the nation's best recruiting classes. Ever since being hired as Ohio State's head coach in November 2011, Meyer has been bringing in quality talent to Columbus. What has Ohio State's coaches and fans...

15 Junior College Transfers to Watch in the Big Ten for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The 14 teams in the Big Ten rarely recruit a hefty number of junior college prospects each season, but there are a handful of names joining the conference expected to make an impact in 2017. Ohio State lost three key members from its 2016 secondary, and former Alabama cornerback Kendall Sheffield should compete for a starting job after a year in the junior college ranks. Andrew Van Ginkel is...

5 Newcomers for the Nebraska Cornhuskers to Watch in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 5 days ago
National Signing Day is over, Tommy Armstrong graduates in May and – thanks to the hiring of a new defensive coordinator – the Cornhuskers are switching up their defensive approach.   It's a new day in Nebraska.   With that new day come new faces. Some of those faces have a chance to become very familiar to fans in Lincoln's Memorial Stadium come September....

College Football's Top 10 Impact True Freshmen Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit campus prior to spring ball. Enrolling early has its advantages for incoming freshmen, and a couple of prospects could make an impact at quarterback in...

5 Things We Learned About Nebraska After National Signing Day 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Nebraska endured a little bit of National Signing Day drama — for better and worse — but the Cornhuskers’ 2017 class is officially signed, sealed and delivered.   What are the biggest takeaways for Mike Riley’s crew as the head coach enters Year 3 in Lincoln? Glad you asked.   1. Hey, those names look familiar Keyshawn Johnson Jr., son of the former No. 1...

College Football's Top 15 Impact True Freshmen for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program looks for the upcoming season. With spring practice just around the corner, the focus around the nation now shifts to the 2017 season. Some of the...