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The Complete History of Big Ten Realignment

By Braden Gall, 1 week 5 days ago
Conference realignment reached a fever pitch a few years ago and it caused great headaches for fans and coaches across the nation. The dollars and “sense” of conference realignment blazed a path through college football for a few years following the turn of the century, however, teams shifting leagues for greener pastures isn’t a new phenomenon. The Big Ten was...

Ranking the Big Ten Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Ranking anything in sports is subjective. We may all agree on certain things — like Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant or that Lambeau Field is better than the Edward Jones Dome — but for the most part, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Ranking college football stadiums is not only subjective but also extremely intricate. General atmosphere, fan support, home-field...

Big Ten Football 2014 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
The 2014 college football season kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes in Dallas with the first four-team playoff in the FBS ranks on January 12, 2015. Since it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming college football season, Athlon Sports has already released its projected rankings for 2014, as well as conference predictions. With the predictions released, it’s time...

Big Ten's Top 10 Must-See Non-Conference Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 days ago
The Big Ten is in desperate need of some non-conference success. This league has begun to fall behind the rest of the biggest boys in college football and some marquee non-conference wins — along with expansion — is a great way to regain some national respect. In 2014, the Big Ten has plenty of opportunities for headline grabbing wins against national...

Big Ten Win Total Projections for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The start of the 2014 college football season is still over 80 days away, but there is no shortage of news to fill the offseason in the Big Ten. Although there’s a long way until kickoff, the preview magazines for 2014 are already on newsstands, and Vegas isn’t far behind with its projections for the upcoming season. CG Technology has released some its win total projections for...

Big Ten Football 2014 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
2014 Big Ten PredictionsEast DivisionBig TenOverall 1. Ohio State (No. 3)7-112-1 2. Michigan State (No. 11)7-110-2 3. Penn State (No. 22)6-210-2 4. Michigan (No. 32)5-38-4 5. Maryland (No. 48)3-56-6 6. Indiana (No. 58)2-65-7 7. Rutgers (No. 73)1-74-8 West DivisionBig TenOverall 1. Wisconsin (No. 15)7-110-3 2. Iowa (No. 26)6-29-3 3. Nebraska...

2014 College Football Rankings: #68 Illinois Fighting Illini

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The 2014 college football season starts on Aug. 27 and continues into mid-January with the first edition of the four-team playoff. Athlon Sports is counting down until kickoff with projections and previews for all 128 FBS teams. Here is our team preview for No. 68 Illinois. Previewing Illinois' Offense for 2014:Second-year offensive coordinator Bill Cubit wasn’t ready to...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Scheduling in college football is all that matters. Sure, coaching, rosters and even a little bit of luck play bigger roles in determining championships in the NCAA ranks.But scheduling in college football plays as big a role as any of those other factors. Non-conference play varies greatly from team to team. So, too, does crossover play within the divisions of any conference. Home and road...

Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten isn’t particularly deep at quarterback this season, but there’s plenty to like at the top.Ohio State’s Braxton Miller takes the No. 1 spot in the quarterback rankings, and the senior is expected to be one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman Trophy in 2014. Miller threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 scores in 12 games. The...

Uniform Upgrades Coming for Illinois in 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Illinois joined the new uniform release party this spring, unveiling helmets and jerseys for 2014 on Wednesday night.The program is switching to a power “I” design on the helmets, which is a needed change from the simple Illinois underlined on the helmets.And the overall design of the jerseys is pretty solid. White, orange and blue will be the three jersey colors, and the Fighting...