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College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #61-80

By Athlon Sports, 7 hours 58 min ago
The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project how the upcoming year will play out on the field. Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for this season and continues the countdown to September with a look at the teams ranked No. 26-128. The 61-80 rankings release features more teams from the Power 5 leagues, as well as some predicted...

Bowl Games Have No Place in the College Football Playoff

By Braden Gall, 8 hours 28 min ago
Nick Saban wants college football to focus more on the bowls. His biggest fear is that the College Football Playoff is taking too much attention away from prestigious and historically significant games like the Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl. With TV ratings soaring for bowl games and new games pushing the total number of bowls to 41, Saban and fellow bowl czar Bill Hancock couldn’t be...

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 10 hours 28 min ago
After Rutgers first season in the league, fans in the Big Ten still don’t know what to make of the Scarlet Knights. Kyle Flood got a lot out of his team last fall but enters his important fourth season with increased pressure and a rebuilt depth chart. In a brutal division, returning to a bowl game should be a reasonable goal.Follow Athlon Sports on Twitter: @AthlonSportsPreviewing Rutgers...

Illinois Fighting Illini 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 10 hours 28 min ago
Tim Beckman’s teams have improved every year he’s been at Illinois. But an offseason fraught with negative headlines and a very difficult Big Ten schedule have raised questions about his long-term future with the Illini. A critical fourth season could go either direction for a team that has underachieved for the better part of a decade.Follow Athlon Sports on Twitter: @...

Top 15 College Football Quarterback Matchups to Watch in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 day 6 hours ago
Michael Vick was first. Then Vince Young. Then it was Tebow, RG3, Johnny Football and Super Mariota. The super quarterback is a relatively new phenomenon in college football that changed the way game is played forever. With new rules and new offensive innovation, the quarterback has become even more important — and it was already the most important position on the...

College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #41-60

By Athlon Sports, 1 day 7 hours ago
The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project how the upcoming year will play out on the field. Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for this season and continues the countdown to September with a look at the teams ranked No. 41-60. The 41-60 range features two teams breaking in new coaches (Houston and Pittsburgh), along with a...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 day 7 hours ago
When putting together Athlon Sports' college football magazine and preseason Top 25 each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish. And don’t forget that the College Football Playoff Committee made it very clear in its first season that it values scheduling....

Indiana Hoosiers 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 day 10 hours ago
There is no doubt that 2015 is a big year for Kevin Wilson at Indiana. The Hoosiers have clearly gotten better under Wilson during his time in Bloomington, but this program has fallen just short of taking the next step — aka, get to a bowl game. The Big Ten East has gotten tougher, so Indiana will have to continue to show improvement (and stay healthy) if it wants to reach the...

Northwestern Wildcats 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 day 10 hours ago
Pat Fitzgerald is the father of Northwestern football but his Wildcats have missed the postseason two seasons in a row after five straight bowl games. His roster returns a large chunk of the depth chart — try 15 starters — but he has to plug holes at key positions like quarterback. His roster is in good shape but he needs to regain some former magic if Northwestern wants to...

Iowa Hawkeyes 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 day 10 hours ago
Kirk Ferentz is entering his 17th season at the helm of the Iowa Hawkeyes football program. He’s seen amazing highs — two Orange Bowls and two Big Ten titles — and plenty of lows. For all of the heat he’s taken, Ferentz has still gotten Iowa to 12 bowls games in his last 14 seasons. That should once again be the target of the ’15 squad. The question...