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5 Critical Position Groups to Watch in the Big Ten West in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
The balance of power in college football and the strength of divisions is always cyclical. The Big Ten West is on the wrong side of the cycle in 2016, as Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern enter the year with key question marks and projected to finish outside of the top 25 by most preseason prognosticators. Iowa is the heavy favorite in the Big Ten West this fall, but the Hawkeyes have a few...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 50 names, we tried to stick...

Ranking the Big 12 Expansion Candidates

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
The Big 12 could be expanding by two or four teams in the near future, as the conference’s board of directors on Tuesday authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate and gather information on programs interested in joining the league. The timeline for expansion is expected to move fast, as the new programs could join the Big 12 in time for the 2017 season. While expansion isn’t...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. However, this position is also the most difficult one to judge, rank or evaluate. With the uncertainty and difficulty in evaluating this position, it should come as no surprise that a handful of names...

Examining the Over/Under 2016 Win Totals for the Big Ten's West Division

By Matt Josephs, 2 weeks 1 day ago
The Big Ten West is going to be a fun race although Iowa could be the team best built to win it, again. The Hawkeyes will have to fend off challenges from Nebraska and Wisconsin among others. The other intriguing race will be for last place between Illinois and Purdue, most likely.   Related: Examining the Over/Under 2016 Win Totals for the Big Ten's East Division   For...

College Football's All-Star Baseball Team

By Lance Dozier, 2 weeks 4 days ago
There are a lot of prospective student-athletes coming out of high school that are two-sport athletes. In fact, in the 2016 NFL Draft 88.5% of players selected were dual-sport athletes back in their Friday Night Light days. That statistic goes to show that only the best of the best make it professionaly - especially with only 1.6% of student-athletes playing on Sundays.   Out of...

What if Big Ten College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game?

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level. What if each Power 5 league had an all-star game during the offseason...

The Big Ten's 15 Most Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 15 names, we tried to stick...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to project how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by December. The top four teams for year three of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from 2015. Clemson and Alabama are among the favorites to win it all in 2016, with Florida State, Ohio State...