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Wisconsin's Defense Quietly Ranks as One of the Best in the Big Ten

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 10 months ago
Michigan State claimed a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl victory on the strength of its defense last season. Penn State is wasting a perfectly good defensive effort this season. When discussing the best defenses in the Big Ten, Wisconsin tends to fly under the radar, but it is the defense that could lead the Badgers back to Indianapolis for a shot at a Big Ten championship this season. ...

Maryland Hopes to Spark New Big Ten Rivalry Against Penn State

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 10 months ago
It may be years before we can fairly pinpoint the most extreme low point of Penn State’s sanction era, but there may be a new leader in the clubhouse. Maryland made the trip Beaver Stadium to face its new Big Ten neighbor to the north, mixed things up with Penn State as the teams took the field, refused to shake hands during the coin flip and then went home celebrating a 20-19 victory....

Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs is Athlon Sports' Week 10 Player of the Week

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs shined in the Volunteers’ 45-42 overtime win over South Carolina. Dobbs was the catalyst in a furious fourth-quarter rally, guiding Tennessee’s offense 21 points – including the game-tying touchdown with just 11 seconds remaining.Whether it was on the ground or through the air, South Carolina’s defense simply had no answer for the...

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah Leaves Game Against Purdue With to Knee Injury

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 11 months ago
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah left Saturday’s game against Purdue due to a knee injury. Abdullah was injured early in the first half against the Boilermakers and was replaced by Imani Cross and Terrell Newby.Prior to the knee injury, Abdullah rushed for just one yard on six carries.According to coach Bo Pelini, Abdullah will not return in the second half.However, Abdullah’s...

Maryland Refuses to Shake Hands With Penn State During Pregame Coin Toss

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 11 months ago
New rivalries are a part of any league as expansion has changed the outlook of all of the Power 5 conferences in recent years.In their first meeting as Big Ten foes, Maryland and Penn State attempted to jumpstart a new rivalry with some pregame fireworks between the two teams.Only time will tell if this actually becomes a rivalry, but these two teams wasted no time showing their dislike for each...

Betting Against the Spread: College Football Week 10 Picks

By Braden Gall, 1 year 11 months ago
You can blame me, Ole Miss fans. I cost you the game against LSU (not Bo Wallace) by picking the Rebels to cover in Baton Rouge. Needless to say, I need to make it up to you but I’m hoping you glanced at the Top 25 picks. I went 11-6 against the number and am, happy to say, now tied for the lead among my Athlon peers at 70-65-4 on the year. (I am very proud of this, clearly). ...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Week 10 Predictions

By Braden Gall, 1 year 11 months ago
 Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan preview the big games of Week 10. The Pac-12 has a full slate of interesting games, Auburn-Ole Miss and the Cocktail Party highlights another great SEC schedule, Gameday is in Morgantown and who really cares about the Big Ten? We pick every big game for Week 10 and also offer up some locks of the week against the spread.Send any ideas, questions or...

Big Ten Week 10 Preview and Predictions

By David Fox, 1 year 11 months ago
“Two weeks until Ohio State-Michigan State” may as well be the theme for this Saturday in the Big Ten. A nice way to put this week would be to call it a table-setting Saturday. Northwestern and Iowa meet in an important game to set the table for a Wildcats’ bowl bid or the Hawkeyes’ hopes for a division title. Melvin Gordon and Ameer Abdullah have a chance to...

Outrageous College Football Predictions: Week 10

By Braden Gall, 1 year 11 months ago
The original reality TV show is sports. No contrived setting where seven strangers living in a house or one bachelor searching for love can match the excitement the Iron Bowl delivered last fall. The beauty of college football lies in its complete unpredictability and drama. Here are some outrageous predictions for Week 10. Note: The point of this column is to have some fun...

Expert Poll: Week 9 Heisman Trophy Voting

By Braden Gall, 1 year 11 months ago
Athlon Sports has formed a Heisman Trophy committee. Each week, we will ask 13 members of the national college football media to rank their top candidates for the Heisman Trophy. Each voter will rank their top five candidates, with each first-place vote getting five points and each last-place vote getting one point. The Panel: Stewart Mandel, FOX SportsDave Revsine, Big Ten...