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Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 10 months 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten looks to make some noise this season with some high-profile, non-conference matchups against the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. Will the conference hold its head above water or will it crumble under pressure and lead many around the nation to declare the Big Ten dead before mid-September?   Related: Ranking the Big Ten’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 10 months 2 weeks ago
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.   The 2016 college football season opens with one of the best single days in the sport's history, which sets a fitting tone for the fall to follow...

NCAA Closes Imaginary Set of Flood Gates with Camp Ban While Opening A Real One

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 10 months 2 weeks ago
The NCAA: Protector of Student-Athletes Everywhere. At least that’s the tagline they want you to swallow hook, line and sinker while passing a ban on college football satellite camps.   For those of you just tuning in, Big Ten schools such as Michigan and Nebraska were setting up shop in SEC and ACC country. This didn’t sit well with either conference and it didn’t help...

Nebraska’s De'Mornay Pierson-El’s Best Option is a Different Red Shirt in 2016

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 10 months 3 weeks ago
There was a time when Nebraska wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El wasn’t just the best thing since sliced bread. He shoved aside the invention of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Since his serious leg injury (fractured left leg and torn knee ligament) in the Purdue game last season, Pierson-El’s been on the sideline recovering with an estimated return time of...

Big Ten Football 2016 Returning Starters Analysis

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 3 weeks ago
Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on the numbers, the data is an interesting early look at how teams are shaping up for the upcoming season.   The Big Ten features one of the nation...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 10 months 3 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season is shaping up to be a wild ride in the Big Ten with matchups in September against the SEC, Pac-12, ACC and Big 12 (and Notre Dame) highlighting the non-conference slate. Big Ten play will also open with a number of games that could set the tone for the division and conference championship hunt.   Ohio State and Michigan State may have some holes to plug,...

College Football Podcast: Toughest Predictions in 2016

By Braden Gall, 10 months 4 weeks ago
Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light are gearing up for another Athlon Sports preview magazine and the guys are discussing the most difficult decisions in 2016.   - What seperates Clemson from Florida State in the Atlantic Division?   - Who are the contenders in the Coastal and should we just flip a coin?   - Is a 10 Year War brewing in the Big East or can...

Illinois Fighting Illini 2016 Spring Football Preview

By J.P. Scott, 10 months 4 weeks ago
Make no mistake about it: Lovie Smith is the center of attention in Illinois — and that's a good thing. As the Fighting Illini prepare to start spring football, their new head coach will serve as a bit of a lightning rod in terms of attention to the program.   Related: Lovie Smith was an Easy Choice for Illinois After a Tough Decision   Smith's presence means...

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Linemen on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 2 days ago
Offensive linemen are the most underrated players in college football. The players in the trenches never get enough credit for their performance, but the five blockers up front set the stage for the skill players to have success. Recruiting and developing offensive linemen is never easy. However, there’s always a new wave of stars ready to emerge in the trenches. With the 2016 season...