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Big Ten Football 2015 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 1 month ago
Ohio State is the favorite to win college football’s 2015 national championship, and a quick glance at Athlon’s projected All-Big Ten shows how loaded coach Urban Meyer’s team is for this year. The Buckeyes place nine players on the first team, including projected starting quarterback Cardale Jones and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Athlon Sports released its full...

Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 1 month ago
Ranking every college football coach is an impossible task. However, coaching is a critical component to every collegiate program. Needless to say, 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...

Big Ten Football 2015 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 1 month ago
The Big Ten is a conference on the rise. Ohio State is the defending national champion, Michigan State has won at least 11 games in four out of the last five seasons, and with new coaches at Penn State (James Franklin) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh) it won’t be long before both programs are back among the top 25 on an annual basis. In a prediction that should surprise no one, Ohio State...

B1G Shoes to Fill: Who Will be Replacing Some of the Conference's Best Running Backs in 2015?

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 2 months ago
The Big Ten Conference had a bit of a revival in 2014. Star power at the running back position had a lot to do with that, as all three finalists for the Doak Walker Award came from the Big Ten. Those three backs and two other B1G stars at running back have moved on via the NFL draft. Now we are left with one question: Who steps up and replaces those elite ball carriers? Here now are the...

Top 15 College Football Quarterback Matchups to Watch in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 year 2 months ago
Michael Vick was first. Then Vince Young. Then it was Tebow, RG3, Johnny Football and Super Mariota. The super quarterback is a relatively new phenomenon in college football that changed the way game is played forever. With new rules and new offensive innovation, the quarterback has become even more important — and it was already the most important position on the...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 year 2 months ago
When putting together Athlon Sports' college football magazine and preseason Top 25 each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish. And don’t forget that the College Football Playoff Committee made it very clear in its first season that it values scheduling....

Ranking the Big Ten's Offensive Triplets for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The Big Ten is known for possessing some of the nation’s top defenses, but this conference isn’t short on offensive talent for 2015. The Big Ten has three potential first-round picks at quarterback in next year’s draft. Cardale Jones is expected to start over Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett at Ohio State, while Michigan State’s Connor Cook is back for his third year under...

Michigan State Spartans 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 2 months ago
Mark Dantonio has transformed Michigan State into one of the nation’s top programs in recent years. The Spartans have claimed at least 11 wins in four out of the last five years and finished No. 3 nationally in 2013. Dantonio’s team is poised for another run at the Big Ten title, especially with senior quarterback Connor Cook back under center. But the big question for Michigan State...

Ranking the Big Ten's Running Backs for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The Big Ten boasted the nation’s only two running backs that eclipsed 2,000 yards last season, and both players – Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Indiana’s Tevin Coleman – have moved onto the NFL. But the running back position isn’t devoid of talent in the conference in 2015, as Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott is one of the nation’s best and is back to...