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James Franklin Has No More Excuses for Penn State in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 1 day 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, 3 months 1 day 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, 3 months 2 days 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, 3 months 2 days 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, 3 months 3 days 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, 3 months 3 days 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, 3 months 4 days 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, 3 months 4 days 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...

Will Michigan Live Up to the Preseason Hype in 2016?

By Mike Bainbridge, 3 months 1 week ago
Looking back, this offseason for the Michigan Wolverines was not all that different from a year ago.   Satellite camps (I promise we won’t cover this below), quarterback competition and Jim Harbaugh at the forefront of everything Maize and Blue dominated the college football headlines yet again, and that will assuredly continue as we trudge through the summer months towards the...

Michigan Wolverines 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
Jim Harbaugh has Michigan back among the nation’s best, and the Wolverines should be in the conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff in 2016. Road trips to Ohio State and Michigan State will determine just how high Michigan climbs in rankings, but the pieces are in place for a run at the Big Ten title. While a new quarterback must emerge to replace Jake Rudock, the...