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Purdue Boilermakers 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 3 days ago
Purdue won just two games last season, posting one of the worst records by a Power Five team. Darrell Hazell is squarely on the hot seat entering this season, and the prospects for considerably better results don't look that promising. Purdue does return 16 starters, but the life in the Big Ten is never easy. Follow Athlon Sports on Twitter: @AthlonSports Previewing Purdue...

Northwestern Wildcats 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 1 week ago
Northwestern is coming off an impressive 10-3 record from 2015, but coach Pat Fitzgerald's team has a lot of work to do in order to reach double-digit wins once again. The Wildcats can lean on running back Justin Jackson to carry the offense, while quarterback Clayton Thorson should be better in his second year as the starter. The defense was a standout group last season and returns a solid...

James Franklin Has No More Excuses for Penn State in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 9 months 1 week ago
It took a couple of years, but James Franklin is finally in position to leave his stamp on the Penn State football program. A strong contingent of Nittany Lions fans are unwilling to accept the idea Penn State has been in a rebuild mode since Franklin’s hiring following the departure of Bill O’Brien to the NFL, but there is no better way to describe the state of the program than by...

Penn State Nittany Lions 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 1 week ago
Penn State hasn't quite reached expectations in James Franklin's two seasons, but this team still has a lot of talent and the overall depth has improved. However, playing in one of the hardest divisions that college football has to offer is no small task. The Nittany Lions are looking for a spark on offense, with Franklin turning to former Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead as the program...

Pair of Potential Blackshirts There for the Taking for Nebraska This Summer

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 9 months 1 week ago
By now, most Nebraska fans are familiar with Stevie Tu'ikolovatu’s name even if they can’t pronounce it. It appears that Tu'ikolovatu will take his 6-foot-1, 320-pound frame to one of three schools as a graduate transfer following his departure as a member of the Utah Utes.   Alabama, USC and Nebraska are all in the mix, but the Cornhuskers seemingly give him the best...

Wisconsin Badgers 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 1 week ago
There are some big shoes to fill in Madison this fall. Second-year coach Paul Chryst has to replace defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, quarterback Joel Stave and wide receiver Alex Erickson and also faces one of the nation's toughest schedules. Chryst started off his UW head coaching career with an impressive 10-win season, but can he repeat that standard in 2016? Finding a...

5 Things That Need to Happen for Nebraska to be a Top 25 Team in 2016

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 9 months 1 week ago
Consider 5Dimes Sportsbook to be a bigger fan of Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley than a few Big Red backers. 5Dimes has the Huskers sitting at an over/under of 9.5 wins for the upcoming season which would easily put them in 2016’s Top 25.   Related: Nebraska Cornhuskers 2016 Preview and Prediction   Here’s what they need to do to get there.   1....

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 1 week ago
Mike Riley’s debut at Nebraska resulted in a losing record (6-7), but the Cornhuskers were better than their win total indicated. A minus-12 turnover margin was largely to blame for six losses by eight points or less. If Nebraska eliminates some of the turnovers, improving its win total by a couple of games and contending for the Big Ten West isn’t out of the question. The offense...

5 Reasons Why Ohio State Will Contend for the College Football Playoff in 2016

By Chip Minnich, 9 months 1 week ago
At first glance, it would make complete sense for a casual college football fan to dismiss Ohio State as a College Football Playoff contender during the 2016 season. Think about the talent lost — 12 players chosen during the 2016 NFL Draft, including five in the first 20 picks. Every single player drafted was a significant contributor to Ohio State's 2014 national championship team....

Ohio State Buckeyes 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 1 week ago
Despite losing a wealth of talent to the NFL, Ohio State is poised for another run at the Big Ten Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Urban Meyer’s team returns only six starters, but elite recruiting has the Buckeyes’ roster stocked for a quick rebuild. J.T. Barrett is the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback and the lack of a controversy under center should allow the...
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