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Ranking the Big Ten's Football Rosters for 2015

By Braden Gall, 3 months 2 days ago
Recruiting rankings matter. They are not a guarantee of future success but they are the foundation every national championship has been built upon. It takes great coaching, development and luck to win a title, but having better players is the only way to start. In fact, the data backing up the value of recruiting rankings is impenetrable. For example, look at last year’s rosters...

Big Ten Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

By Braden Gall, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the Big Ten consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned: Lapping the fieldThe Buckeyes are the clear-cut biggest dog on the block in the Big Ten when it comes to recruiting. SB Nation worked the math and proved that,...

Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 days ago
College football’s 2014 season has ended, and the focus shifts from the national championship picture to signing day, spring practice and early preseason rankings for 2015. While last year and Ohio State’s national title victory over Oregon is still fresh in our minds, it’s never too early to think about next season. While repeating as a national champion in college...

Buckeyes, Harbaugh Will Return Big Ten to National Prominence

By Braden Gall, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Ohio State won the BCS National Championship in 2002 in dramatic fashion over heavily-favored Miami. An unbeaten, Charles Woodson-led Michigan team split a national championship with Nebraska in 1997. But, quickly, name the last time the Big Ten won a national title in football before the ’97 Wolverines? That would be the undefeated 1968 Ohio State Buckeyes coached by Woody...

Bulldogs eye up Illini in Heart of Dallas Bowl

By The Sports Network, 5 months 4 days ago
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to take down a power five conference team when they take on the Big Ten's Illinois Fighting Illini in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, which will be held at the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 26. The Bulldogs finished as the top team in Conference-USA's West Division this season, going 8-5 overall and 7-1 in conference play. LaTech had a chance...

Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech

By Mark Ross, 5 months 1 week ago
A pair of surprising postseason participants will get the post-Christmas bowl action going when Illinois and Louisiana Tech meet up in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. After each program won just four games in 2013, neither the Fighting Illini nor the Bulldogs were picked by many to earn a bowl invite this fall. Now they have an opportunity to cap off successful seasons with a win in the...

NCAA Bowl Game Matchup -- Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

By The Sports Network, 5 months 1 week ago
NCAA Bowl Game Matchup -- Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl Illinois Fighting Illini:== Aug 30 - W vs. Youngstown St, 28-17== Sep 6 - W vs. Western Ky, 42-34== Sep 13 - L at Washington, 19-44== Sep 20 - W vs. Texas State, 42-35== Sep 27 - L at Nebraska, 14-45== Oct 4 - L vs. Purdue, 27-38== Oct 11 - L at...

Bulldogs eye up Illini in Heart of Dallas Bowl

By The Sports Network, 5 months 1 week ago
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to take down a power five conference team when they take on the Big Ten's Illinois Fighting Illini in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, which will be held at the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 26. The Bulldogs finished as the top team in Conference-USA's West Division this season, going 8-5 overall and 7-1 in conference play. LaTech had a chance...

Big Ten's Top 10 Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 5 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten played a lot of dramatic and exciting games in 2014. Unfortunately, when it came to non-conference contests, the league didn’t win too many of them. However, an entire year of disappointment can all be washed away by two great showings by Ohio State in the College Football Playoff. But, in the meantime, here are the best and most exciting Big Ten games of the 2014...

Big Ten predictions: Week 14

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 4 days ago
Here are our takes on all the games involving Big Ten teams this week - including our picks straight up, against the spread and the over/under.