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The College Football Playoff: The Only 12 Contenders

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Just reading the words “playoff contender” warms the soul, doesn’t it?Or “playoff berth,” “playoff contention” or “postseason bid.”No one really knows what to expect from the College Football Playoff or Playoff Selection Committee — not the fans, not the media and not the coaches. But we all can agree that it’s going to be...

College Football's Best Head Coach-Quarterback Tandems for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The old saying about the Jimmys and Joes is true.Winning games in college football is about the players. If your favorite team has the best players, more times than not, your favorite team is going to win the game. And the most important player on any gridiron is the quarterback. This isn’t really up for debate.That said, the head coach (obviously) is the most influential non-player piece...

2014 College Football Rankings: #11 Michigan State

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 1 week ago
Michigan State is coming off one of the best seasons in school history, winning 13 games and finishing No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. The Spartans claimed the Big Ten title and return a solid foundation to contend once again in 2014. Quarterback Connor Cook and running back Jeremy Langford led the way for a dangerous offense, while the defense returns five starters from a unit that...

Top 10 Tight Ends of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Athlon Sports continues its series looking back the best players of the BCS Era (1998-2013). Today, the staff ranks the 10 best tight ends to play at least one season during the BCS Era.Note: Florida's Aaron Hernandez was No. 5 initially but has been removed from the rankings by choice.1. Chase Coffman, Missouri (2005-08)Stats: 247 rec., 2,659 yds, 30 TDsIt didn’t take long for Tigers...

Who Leads the Big Ten in Rushing in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten produced seven 1,000-yard rushers last season, headlined by Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah with 1,690 yards on 281 attempts. Abdullah was joined in the 1,000-yard club by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and James White, Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller, Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford and Minnesota’s David Cobb.Hyde and White expired their eligibility,...

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

By Braden Gall, 3 months 1 day 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, 3 months 6 days 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...

The All-Big Ten Team of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 3 months 3 weeks ago
All-conference teams are a great indicator as to who is the best in each league. Earning first-team honors more than once is a pretty good sign that you were one of the best at your position during your career. The rare three-time (or even four-time) all-league selection makes you one of the best college football players of all-time.As the College Football Playoff Era begins in 2014, Athlon...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably the most important to winning a national or conference title. No matter how much talent a program has, winning a national title is difficult if the...

Michigan State Spartans 2014 Spring Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 3 months 4 weeks ago
Mission accomplished.It was 1987 the last time Michigan State won an outright Big Ten championship or played in the Rose Bowl. Mark Dantonio ended both of the streaks in one awesome performance against undefeated Ohio State in the Big Ten title game last fall.Then he capped the emotional trip to Pasadena by suspending his senior captain and MSU legacy and still managed to topple mighty Stanford...