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Ranking the Big Ten's Expansion Wish List

By Braden Gall, 1 year 4 months ago
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is many things, but dumb isn’t one of them. His conference snaked football blue blood and powerhouse Nebraska from the Big 12 to grow the conference in 2011. He followed that up by stealing ACC founding member Maryland and Rutgers from the fledgling Big East to grow his conference into lucrative television and recruiting territories. The Big Ten has much to...

College Football Recruiting: Big Ten Team Consensus Rankings for 2013

By Braden Gall, 1 year 4 months ago
Recruiting in college football is downright nasty. It is a cutthroat, cannibalistic big business that is microscopically analyzed by fans, administrators and media members alike. The Big Ten's recruiting trail is chalked full of intriguing storylines. Coaches on the hot seat struggling, a host of new coaching staffs are getting adjusted, Nebraska is beginning to flex its recruiting muscle and...

Recruiting: Ranking the Big Ten's Best Football Rosters

By Braden Gall, 1 year 5 months ago
Preseason prognosticators like Athlon Sports — the most accurate college football preview magazine on newsstands — use many things to predict what the coming football season will look like. Returning starters, scheduling, historic trends, coaching, pending off-the-field issues and, of course, recruiting rankings all help Athlon editors predict the future of college football. Recruiting...

Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
The Big Ten had a year to forget in 2012. Two of the conference’s best teams (Ohio State and Penn State) were ineligible to compete for the postseason, while Michigan State underachieved and finished with a 7-6 mark. While the 2012 season will go down as a year to mostly forget, the Big Ten should be in better shape for 2013. Ohio State will be a national title contender and has a chance to...

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Preview and Prediction: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
From 1999 to 2009, Minnesota played in nine bowl games. But after two coaching changes and no postseason berths since, Jerry Kill has his Golden Gophers back in the postseason. The Big Ten program hasn’t won a postseason game, however, since a 2004 Music City Bowl victory over Alabama. Texas Tech went to 11 straight bowls, including four straight New Year’s Day games, before missing the...

How the 2012 All-Big Ten Team Ranked as High School Recruits

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
The merits of recruiting rankings are debated in every sports bar and around every water cooler in the nation. Athlon continues its look at how each all-conference team ranked as high school recruits with the first-team All-Big Ten team. Related: College Football's 2012 All-American Team as Recruits 2012 Offensive All-Big Ten Team as Recruits Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State (2011) AC100...

Ranking All 35 College Football Bowls for 2012: From Must-See to Must-Miss

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 7 months ago
Which bowls should you tune into? Athlon ranks and previews all of the matchups from the must-see to the ones you can avoid. Although Alabama and Notre Dame is clearly the biggest bowl game, with 34 other contests, there are plenty of other quality pairings to watch this postseason. Ranking the 35 Bowl Games: Must-Watch to Must-Miss 1. BCS National Title – Alabama (12-1) vs. Notre Dame (12...

Big Ten 2012 Season Recap and Awards

By Braden Gall, 1 year 7 months ago
Bizarre might be the best word to describe the 2012 edition of Big Ten football. The best teams with the best player and the best coach won't be playing for a championship of any kind after finishing the season as one of only two undefeated teams in the nation. The non-conference performance by the league as a whole was fairly atrocious as a road win over Syracuse might be the best out-of-...

Big Ten Week 13 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 1 year 7 months ago
Wisconsin is in and waiting for either Nebraska or Michigan in the Big Ten Championship game. Senior day will take place all across the Midwest, including what should be a very emotional day in Happy Valley. Michigan and Ohio State renew arguably the greatest rivalry in all of college football. And, oh by the way, the Big Ten is no longer at 12 teams as Maryland and Rutgers have officially...

10 College Football Coaches Who Should be Thankful

By David Fox, 1 year 7 months ago
A chance to coach college football at the top level of the game for a living should make any man on the sideline to be thankful. Some should be more thankful than others this year, though, to be coaching major college football this season. Whether they’re thankful for their health, thankful for a second chance or thankful to be gainfully employed despite the results, here is our list of...