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Big Ten College Football Teams as Rock and Roll Bands

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Music, like sports, sparks debate, creates discussion and can even lead to heated disagreements. But both are unquestionably a huge part of American culture. So Athlon Sports has decided to combine two of our favorite things — rock and roll with college football. What if our favorite football programs were rock and roll bands? Every Power 5 team will be represented, so if...

14 Big Ten Stats You Need to Know for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Here are the most important and interesting stats you need to know about the Big Ten in 2015: 513.2: Indiana yards per game with Nate SudfeldIn the five games that Sudfeld finished last year, the Hoosiers averaged 513.2 yards per game and won three times, including a road victory over eventual SEC East champ Mizzou. In the seven games Sudfeld didn’t finish (six of which he didn...

College Football's Top Coordinators on the Rise for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
College football coordinators have a huge impact on their team in any season. And it’s no secret that hiring good coordinators and retaining them is critical to the long-term success of any head coach. Changing coordinators or a promotion of an assistant into the play-calling role can also provide a boost for any team or provide a fix for a struggling unit. Every year there’s a...

Big Ten Football 2015 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks 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 month 3 weeks 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 month 3 weeks 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, 2 months 3 days 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...

Ranking College Football's Graduate Transfer QBs for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
Transfers are a big part of any college football season. And over the last few seasons, graduate transfers have become a bigger part of the offseason player movement landscape. However, taking a transfer (graduate or four-year) isn’t necessarily a recipe for success. Graduate transfer quarterbacks were a mixed bag of success in 2014, as Cody Sokol (Louisiana Tech), Tyler Murphy (...

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

By Braden Gall, 2 months 4 days 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....

College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #26-40

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 5 days ago
The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project how the upcoming year will play out on the field. Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for this season and continues the countdown to September with a look at the teams ranked No. 26-128. In the 26-40 range, there’s no shortage of intriguing teams or programs that could push for a...