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Big Ten Isn't "Back" Until West Division Finds Quality QBs

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Traditionally, the Big Ten has had excellent quarterback play. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer, Kyle Orton and Drew Stanton all threw for at least 1,700 yards in the NFL last season. With Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg and the Ohio State triumvirate, the Big Ten’s passing game is in good hands again in 2015. In the East Division, at...

Big Ten Football 2015 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day 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 month 5 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...

College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #41-60

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 6 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. 41-60. The 41-60 range features two teams breaking in new coaches (Houston and Pittsburgh), along with a...

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

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week 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....

Minnesota Golden Gophers 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Few coaches get more out of their team than Jerry Kill at Minnesota. It's easy to forget that the Golden Gophers were one half away from winning the Big Ten West Division last fall. With just four starters back on offense, Kill knows his offense has some work to do this summer. Luckily, the defense brings back seven starters, so expect Minnesota to win low-scoring games early in the...

Ranking the Big Ten's Offensive Triplets for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week 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...

Ranking the Big Ten's Running Backs for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks 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...

Top 25 Big Ten 2016 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The 2015 NFL Draft is over and more than 400 players have begun the next chapter of their football careers. So what better time than now to look ahead to next spring and the 2016 NFL Draft. Here are the top 25 prospects that could be drafted from the Big Ten: 1. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State (6-4, 230)He got no support from his running game or offensive line last fall, but...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
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. With that in mind, Athlon continues its countdown to the season by ranking the college football coaches by conference. Needless to say, ranking college football coaches is no easy...