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The Big Ten's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 days 16 hours ago
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and...

Big Ten Football Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 16 hours ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Whether it’s a true freshman playing for the first time, a junior college recruit stepping into the lineup or a player on the roster that’s finally ready to assume a starting job, predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. The...

10 Must-See Quarterback Matchups of 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Ali-Frazier. Manning-Brady. Magic-Bird. Mariota-Hundley? Okay, maybe I’m over doing it a bit. But as far as college football fans are concerned, there will be no bigger quarterback matchup in 2014 than when UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota battle it out on the same field. College football entered the “super quarterback” era when Michael...

Q&A with Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days ago
You can call Shilique Calhoun whatever you want — he has at least three nicknames so far — but be sure to call him one of the best defensive ends in the nation. Calhoun, a 6'4", 257-pound fourth-year junior from Middletown, N.J., shunned early entry into the NFL, despite a first-round draft grade, to return to Michigan State with the intent of earning his degree and...

11 Big Ten Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Here are Athlon Sports' favorite, most important and most interesting Big Ten statistics you need to know about in 2014: 0-0: Big Ten teams in the BCS title game not named Ohio StateNebraska's 2001 national championship game appearance doesn't count for the Big Ten (although, the Big Ten would probably be fine with the Big 12 keeping that one). So other than Ohio State...

Ranking the Big Ten's Running Backs for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The Big Ten is well-stocked with talent at running back for 2014. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is a projected first-team All-American, while Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah isn’t far behind. Gordon and Abdullah each averaged over six yards per carry in Big Ten games last year.The depth at running back extends beyond Gordon and Abdullah with Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford,...

The Complete History of Big Ten Realignment

By Braden Gall, 4 weeks 16 hours 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...

5 Reasons Why 4-Star DE Jashon Cornell Could Sign with Michigan State

By Evan Buhler, 1 month 4 days ago
Jashon Cornell is an elite 4-star defensive end who can also play defensive tackle. From Minnesota, Cornell is a defensive lineman who can redirect well and surge to ball-carriers quickly in short areas...Begin Slideshow

Which Schools Can End Their Heisman Droughts?

By David Fox, 1 month 4 days ago
Note to the uninitiated: Charles Woodson is not a good name to drop around Knoxville.In 1997, the Michigan defensive back beat out Peyton Manning for the Heisman Trophy, one of the greatest Heisman heists if you ask anyone in SEC country.Tennessee had Heisman runners up before (four of them total) and had been closer in the voting (Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung beat out Johnny Majors by 72...

Ranking the Big Ten Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week 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...