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Athlon Archive: Chris Spielman - Not Ruthless, Just Realistic

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 6 months ago
Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman was one of the most feared linebackers of his day, winning the 1987 Lombardi Award and earning consensus All-America honors in 1986-87. The decorated recruit made an immediate impression as a freshman in 1984, with a style described as “brutality” after his debut against Oregon State. Athlon Sports spoke with Spielman before his sophomore...

Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 6 months ago
Ohio State opens 2015 as the favorite to repeat as college football’s national champion. Winning back-to-back titles is no easy assignment, but coach Urban Meyer’s team is loaded with proven talent. Running back Ezekiel Elliott is a Heisman contender, and there’s no shortage of options at quarterback. The defense is also one of the best in the nation.Follow Athlon Sports on...

Athlon Archive: Orlando Pace - The Pancake Man

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 6 months ago
After the 1995 season, Ohio State tackle Orlando Pace had only scratched the surface of his potential — and at that point he was already a Lombardi Award winner and blocker for a Heisman Trophy recipient. Pace would finish his career as a two-time unanimous All-American, a Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, a top-four finisher for the Heisman Trophy and a likely Pro Football Hall of...

Ranking the Big Ten's Offensive Triplets for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
The Big Ten is known for possessing some of the nation’s top defenses, but this conference isn’t short on offensive talent for 2015. The Big Ten has three potential first-round picks at quarterback in next year’s draft. Cardale Jones is expected to start over Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett at Ohio State, while Michigan State’s Connor Cook is back for his third year under...

Don't listen to Nick Saban, the Bowl System is just fine

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
Don’t buy it. Don’t buy what Bill Hancock is selling. Don’t buy what the conference commissioners are selling. Certainly, don’t buy what Nick Saban is selling. The Alabama Crimson Tide head coach has built up more than enough equity during his amazing career to have intelligent and respected opinions about his game. But his latest comments about the...

College Football's Post-Spring National Championship Odds for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
Spring practice is over for all 128 college football teams, which means it’s a long wait until the teams officially hit the field once again in the fall. But there’s no shortage of college football news, as oddsmaker Bovada has released its updated national championship odds for 2015. And it should be no surprise the Buckeyes open as the favorite at 7/2 odds. A look...

Michigan State Spartans 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 6 months ago
Mark Dantonio has transformed Michigan State into one of the nation’s top programs in recent years. The Spartans have claimed at least 11 wins in four out of the last five years and finished No. 3 nationally in 2013. Dantonio’s team is poised for another run at the Big Ten title, especially with senior quarterback Connor Cook back under center. But the big question for Michigan State...

SEC, ACC have no right to hate Big Ten for Satellite Camps

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
The SEC has only itself to blame. You too, ACC. Coaches (and fans) from both leagues have some serious diaper rash when it comes to "satellite camps." But the SEC and ACC power brokers are directing their anger in the wrong direction. They have no right to get angry at the Big Ten or Urban Meyer or James Franklin. Penn State's Franklin immediately began the Big Ten...

College Football's Post-Spring 2015 Heisman Odds

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
The 2015 college football season doesn’t begin until September, but there’s no shortage of news to keep the conversation moving until kickoff. With Everett Golson transferring to Florida State, oddsmakers have shifted the outlook for the Heisman race. Bovada updated its Heisman odds on Wednesday morning to reflect Golson’s transfer, and the former Notre Dame passer is...

Nebraska or Michigan: Which Team has a Better Chance to Finish in the Top 25 in 2015?

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
Nebraska and Michigan are two of the Big Ten’s most intriguing teams to watch in 2015. Both programs have new coaches guiding the program, as former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh has returned to Ann Arbor, while Mike Riley was hired to replace Bo Pelini in Lincoln. With the coaching changes at both programs, combined with an intriguing core of talent, the Cornhuskers and...