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Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.   This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Iowa's College Football Schedule in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 4 days ago
The Iowa Hawkeyes had what can only be described as a "dream" regular season in 2015. Like many successful teams, the road was paved with plenty of haters and doubters along the way. Kirk Ferentz's squad was up to the challenge through 12 games, besting all comers and earning a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game.   It was there — in the postseason — where the...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Ohio State's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Chip Minnich, 2 weeks 20 hours ago
In 2015, Ohio State's schedule was widely criticized for its perceived weakness and quality of opponents. Flash forward to the 2016 season, and those critiques will not be heard. Of Ohio State's 12 opponents, 10 played in a bowl game last season and two teams qualified for the College Football Playoff.   Throw in the massive roster upheaval, due to the 12 NFL Draft choices from...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Quarterbacks for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Having a dual-threat quarterback who makes the defense respect his arm and legs is arguably a must for effective offenses in today’s college football. These quarterbacks have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play signal-caller seems to possess - speed...

College Football Podcast: Jeremy Foley, Beer and... Gaming?

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Braden Gall and David Fox break down a slow news week in college football.   - Jeremy Foley is stepping down as Florida's Athletic Director. How impressive was his run and was he the first of a new type of AD.   - Ohio State will sell beer at games this year, bringing the total to more than 30 FBS schools selling alcohol at sporting events. What is the downside? Are there any...

Big Ten Football 2016 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa are projected to be the Big Ten’s top four teams this season, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the Athlon Sports projected All-Big Ten team for 2016. Michigan leads the way with 13 overall selections, while Iowa and Michigan State rank a close second with 12 picks. Ohio State returns only six starters, but the Buckeyes have a...

The Most Important Player on Every Big Ten Team in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Every team has that one guy who needs to show up every week and get his job done at the highest level in order for his team to have success. Sometimes that player is simply the most talented one on the team. Often it's the quarterback. Other times, the most important player is one who simply plays a key role in the game plan and scheme from week to week.   Whatever the case, these...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play back seems to...

College Football Podcast: Big 12 Championship Game, Vegas Odds and Jeffery Simmons

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light are back in the booth talking the latest in college football.   - Did the Big 12 get it right by adding a conference championship game? What are the benefits and drawbacks of a 13th data point? How should the new divisions be divided?   - How good of a job is Baylor? Where does it rank nationally and within the Big 12? Where did it rank before...

Big Ten Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry has produced plenty of memorable moments throughout its history, and the battle on Nov. 26 should have plenty at stake, as the East Division title and a spot in the College Football Playoff could be up for grabs. With Jim Harbaugh taking over in Ann Arbor, the intensity in this rivalry has only increased over the last two years. The Wolverines took a step...