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Ranking the Big Ten College Towns (Expert Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 year 7 months ago
The old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” couldn’t be more true when it comes to ranking college towns. Do you prefer larger metropolitan areas? Do you enjoy the isolated peace and quiet of a quaint small town? Cost of living, nightlife, food, culture, weather, surrounding geography and more go into evaluating a city. Every college campus is...

Big Ten 2015 Football Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 1 year 7 months ago
Never before has scheduling been a bigger issue than the 2014 College Football Playoff. The committee clearly took a stance on Baylor’s weak non-conference matchups and it cost the Bears a chance at the national championship. A perceived lack of quality wins also has long been an issue for Big Ten champions. It hurt Michigan State two years ago and nearly cost Ohio State last fall....

10 College Rivalries Killed by Conference Realignment

By David Fox, 1 year 7 months ago
Thanksgiving hasn’t been the same since the Texas A&M and Missouri started hanging out with the SEC. Or since West Virginia and Pitt started rolling with the Big 12 and ACC, respectively. Conference realignment ended a handful of traditional rivalries, either because of scheduling conflicts or acrimonious relationships. In other words, no more Texas-Texas A&M. No more...

Ranking the Big Ten's Football Coaching Jobs in 2015 (Expert Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 year 7 months ago
Is it easier to win at Ohio State or Michigan? Wisconsin or Nebraska? Which program provides the most support? Which program has access to the best players? Which program has proven it can succeed at a high level over time? Which program has the most pressure to win? These are all the questions head coaches must ask themselves when deciding to accept a job or not. So Athlon Sports...

College Football's Top 25 Players on the Rise for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
Each season always brings a new cast of college football stars. Whether it’s touted true freshmen living up to the hype in their first season on campus, a sophomore ready to emerge in their second year, or an upper classmen taking on a bigger role, there’s no shortage of breakout player options in the preseason. Which players might emerge with a breakout year in 2015? Here...

Penn State Nittany Lions 2015 Schedule and Analysis

By Braden Gall, 1 year 8 months ago
James Franklin enters his second season in Happy Valley with his work cut out for him. The quarterback position is settled and the defense should be in good shape under star coordinator Bob Shoop, but his offensive line and running game are still major question marks. There is a lot to like about this team considering it claims one of the best rosters in the league, but it won just...

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

By Braden Gall, 1 year 8 months ago
A new era of football begins in Lincoln this season as Mike Riley takes over at Nebraska. The Huskers boast the best roster in the division and could be considered the front-runner in the West. Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska hasn't gotten any favors from the schedule and that could once again be an issue in 2015. If Riley's bunch makes it to the B1G title...

College Football's Top 15 Quarterbacks on the Hot Seat for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 8 months ago
Quarterback is easily the position with the most pressure in any college football season. Whether it’s a quarterback fighting to keep a starting job, replacing a standout from the prior season or just looking to elevate their overall play, signal-callers will be securitized and watched closely all offseason. With spring practice underway, quarterback play is under the spotlight and...

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 Big Ten Early Preview

By Braden Gall, 1 year 8 months ago
 Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 Big Ten conference preview. The Big Ten enters a season as a defending champ for the first time since 2002 and only the third time since 1968. However, could a repeat be more likely than you think? Who are the top challengers to the Buckeyes in the East? How does Michigan State move forward without former...

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Players on the Rise for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 8 months ago
With the volume of high-powered offenses and talent at the skill positions every year, it’s not easy being a defensive coordinator or a player on that side of the ball. However, there’s no shortage of standouts that emerge each season out of spring practice and the regular season. After taking a look at the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers on the rise for 2015, it...