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Michigan State 2015 Fall Camp Preview and Key Position Battles to Watch

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 4 weeks ago
Despite losing over a half dozen key contributors to the NFL Draft and graduation, not to mention arguably the best defensive coordinator in the country leaving for another job, the Michigan State Spartans enter 2015 fall practice as a dark horse contender for the College Football Playoff. The Spartans need to replace three elite offensive weapons if quarterback Connor Cook is going to...

Big Ten 2015 Preseason Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 weeks ago
With fall camps set to open in August for all 128 college football teams, the 2015 season is officially around the corner. There’s no shortage of position battles or schemes to work on this fall, but quarterback competitions will steal the spotlight in August. The Big Ten has a solid group of quarterbacks returning in 2015, starting with the Cardale Jones-J.T. Barrett duo at Ohio...

Big Ten's Future Scheduling Mandate Not in Best Interests of Non-Power 5 Programs

By Ryan Wright, 1 year 1 month ago
For the moment college football has forgotten about college football in a mad dash forward to appease a small group of the viewing public and more importantly to make television advertisers happy. Due to some unnecessary upcoming changes in scheduling, for years to come we will have the Big Ten to thank in part for a new evolution of the game. Since the BCS era has transitioned into the...

The Big Ten's Top 15 Heisman Candidates for 2015

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 1 month ago
We go through this exercise every year. "Who will be the face of the college football season?," we ask ourselves. Recently, names like Mariota, Manziel and Winston have answered that question, putting their own personal stamps on an entire season and making it their own en route to winning the Heisman Trophy. Every Power 5 conference is filled with players who could potentially do...

College Football's Top 25 Non-Conference Games for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 month ago
There is a lot that is still unknown about the College Football Playoff Committee. One thing that was learned about the new postseason format in year number one is that the voters value strength of schedule. Teams have ramped-up non-conference scheduling almost instantly (See: No. 4 below) and the results are a healthy list of top-level games. It may take a few full seasons for...

Why Michigan State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2015

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 1 month ago
Michigan State enters the 2015 season on the back of two of the most successful campaigns in program history. Over the past five seasons, the Spartans have taken several steps toward the top of college football's national pyramid of prestige and established itself as one of the Big Ten's premier programs. Related: Michigan State Spartans 2015 Preview and Prediction Expectation...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Michigan State's College Football Schedule in 2015

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 1 month ago
Despite the departure of a bevy of NFL talent and their defensive coordinator over the last couple of seasons, the Michigan State Spartans are still widely regarded as the second-best team in the Big Ten. There is still plenty to be excited about in East Lansing, starting at quarterback. Senior signal-caller Connor Cook is expected to be one of the premier passers in the nation and the face...

Top 10 Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 month ago
The College Football Playoff Committee proved the general trend of tougher scheduling last fall.  The Big Ten may not get one team in the Playoff — it could actually end up with two in college football's version of the Final Four. A big reason why that's even possible is Michigan State's non-conference showdown with Oregon. In fact, with five of...

College Football's Top 50 Players for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 1 month ago
Kickoff for the 2015 college football season is just around the corner. With fall camps underway, it won’t be long before teams are officially preparing for the opening week. With the season countdown under 15 days until kickoff, it’s time to take a look at the best 50 players in college football for the upcoming year. Ranking the best 50 players in college football is no...

Ranking the Big Ten Stadiums for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 month ago
Last summer, Athlon Sports asked 12 Big Ten experts Gerry DiNardo, Eddie George, Tom Dienhart, David Jones and more to rank their favorite stadiums in the Big Ten. Based on general atmosphere, fan support, home-field advantage, amenities, tailgating, surrounding campus and even scoreboards, here is how the voting shook out. However, attendance is an increasing concern for all...