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10 FCS vs. FBS Football Games to Avoid Watching in 2016

By Craig Haley, 1 month 1 week ago
No doubt you’ve circled plenty of Saturdays on your calendar for this fall. College football is coming and not soon enough to its millions of fans.   The excitement often starts with early-season matchups between FBS and FCS programs, when the big boys in Division I have to be on guard. Last year, nine FCS teams topped the much-larger FBS.   Related: 15 Best FBS vs. FCS...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.   This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by...

Iowa Hawkeyes 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2015 season was certainly a memorable one for Iowa. The Hawkeyes finished 12-2, claimed the Big Ten’s West Division title and came within a goal-line stand of reaching the College Football Playoff. Considering Iowa had not won more than eight games since 2010 and coach Kirk Ferentz was starting to feel a little heat, last year’s record was a huge surprise. While the Hawkeyes...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Kickoff for the 2016 college football season is still over 100 days away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and previews for the upcoming year. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2016 Athlon Sports College...

15 Best FBS vs. FCS Football Games in 2016

By Craig Haley, 1 month 2 weeks ago
FCS teams upsetting FBS programs have come to be one of the leading storylines early in a college football season. Over the first few weekends, Cinderella fires up fans as if it’s March.   Three years ago, FCS teams took down FBS opponents 16 times – a single-season record. Last year, it was nine times, which is still a decent number.   In 2016, there are 113...

Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The quarterback position in the Big Ten is filled with uncertainty in 2016. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Iowa’s C.J. Beathard are easily the league’s top options, but the question marks begin at No. 3. Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong takes the third spot in Athlon's early rankings for 2016, with Illinois’ Wes Lunt checking in at No. 4. Armstrong and Lunt have the...

Top 25 Big Ten 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Another NFL Draft has copme and gone, and the 2016 edition was a big year for the Big Ten, specifically the Ohio State Buckeyes. Looking forward in time, however, and it looks as if next year could be big for Ohio State's archrival, the Michigan Wolverines.   Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   Power Five Conference 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch...

Iowa Hawkeyes 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 1 day ago
Every few years it seems Kirk Ferentz finds something to work with that turns into a somewhat magic run by the Iowa Hawkeyes. Last year may have been just, although an undefeated regular season ended unceremoniously with losses to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game and a whopper of a loss to Christian McCaffrey and Stanford in the Rose Bowl. But a new season will be here soon enough...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten looks to make some noise this season with some high-profile, non-conference matchups against the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. Will the conference hold its head above water or will it crumble under pressure and lead many around the nation to declare the Big Ten dead before mid-September?   Related: Ranking the Big Ten’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2016...