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Big Ten's Impact Freshmen To Watch in 2013

By Braden Gall, 1 year 2 months ago
Named after two transcendent freshmen — Minnesota’s Darrell Thompson and Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El — the Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year award has been given to some seriously talented first-year athletes of late.Both Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and James White took home back-to-back such awards in 2009-10 surrounded by Buckeye quarterbacks. Ohio...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2013

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 2 months ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2013, Athlon asked coaches in the Big Ten to talk anonymously...

Big Ten Football Breakout Players for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task.The Big Ten has plenty of candidates to project for a breakout year, including Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, Purdue running back Akeem Hunt and Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence. Gardner has...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Whether you hate or love the BCS, the bowl season is exciting time for college football fans. Although some believe there are too many bowl games, it's one last chance to see teams before the long offseason sets in. And considering how long the offseason is, maybe 35 bowl games isn't too many after all. With college football's new playoff format coming with the 2014 season, this...

College Football 2013: Ranking the Big Ten's Logos

By Braden Gall, 1 year 3 months ago
Brand image is a massive part of modern 21st century business and college football is big business.Signature uniforms like Michigan’s winged helmet, picturesque monuments like The Horseshow in Columbus or historic personalities like Barry Alvarez help separate one team from the next in the Big Ten with clarity. Fans identify with these brand images and it helps build value...

College Football: The Big Ten's Best Traditions

By Braden Gall, 1 year 3 months ago
There are many reasons a sports fan can come to the realization that the college game is a better product than the professional version. Some of that has to do with charming, sleepy college towns and the scenic tailgating. The college game has bigger stadiums filled with more dedicated fans, historic bands and student sections. The offenses are more innovative and the rivalries are drenched in...

Unit Rankings: 2013 Big Ten Wide Receivers

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 3 months ago
The Big Ten had only four offenses average 30 points or more last season. Ohio State, Nebraska, Indiana and Northwestern reached that mark and each of those four teams should be among the conference’s best offenses for 2013.The Hoosiers take the top spot in Athlon’s Big Ten wide receiver/tight end rankings for 2013, as they return their top six pass-catchers from last year. Shane...

Big Ten Football 2013 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 months ago
The 2013 college football season is just around the corner, and Athlon continues its countdown to kickoff with a look at our first, second and third All-Big Ten teams for this season.Related Content: Big Ten Predictions for 2013First-Team OffenseQB Braxton Miller, Ohio StateRB Ameer Abdullah, NebraskaRB Venric Mark, NorthwesternWR Jared Abbrederis, WisconsinWR Allen Robinson, Penn StateTE...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Stadiums

By Braden Gall, 1 year 4 months ago
Fall Saturdays are special. Small towns, huge crowds, tailgating, bands, cheerleaders and student sections are just a few of the reasons college football is the best sport on the planet. When campuses jump to life across the nation each weekend in the fall, college stadiums become a staging ground for history. There are a variety of ways to evaluate the greatness of a stadium. Huge...