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

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 2 weeks 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, 1 month 2 weeks 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...

Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 3 weeks ago
You know the big names to take the field in the Big Ten this season, like Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett or Michigan hybrid safety/linebacker Jabrill Peppers. We can go on for days about those players. If you want to dig a little deeper, however, you can uncover some players with the potential to be true wild cards for their teams and in the Big Ten championship hunt.   Related: Big...

College Football's Top 15 QB Matchups for Friday Games in 2016

By Lance Dozier, 1 month 3 weeks ago
As we all know, a majority of college football games are played on Saturday. But there are quite a few games this year that fall on Friday - 56 to be exact. That is the most ever, and hey, maybe that’s not a bad thing. A matchup on Friday (or a midweek game) provides Group of 5 teams more publicity. But these matchups also take away from high school games and...

College Football's Top 100 Impact Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Transfers are a huge part of any college football season. Whether it’s a graduate transfer eligible right away or a player that sat out the previous year due to NCAA rules, impact players are available in the transfer ranks every year. A transfer could be a one-year stopgap solution or help a team fill a void for a couple of seasons after a few misses on the recruiting trail....

Big Ten's Top Players Returning from Injury in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Injuries are an unfortunate part of any college football season and usually take a toll on all 128 teams by the end of the year. Several key players were hit by the injury bug in 2015, including a handful of big names from the Big Ten. Wisconsin running back Corey Clement, Nebraska wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El, Michigan State cornerback Vayante Copeland and Penn State linebacker...

Ranking College Football's Top 30 Impact Quarterback Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. This position is the toughest to evaluate, develop and project for upcoming seasons. Finding a new starter or replacing a departing senior comes easy for some teams. While all teams would prefer to develop a quarterback pipeline through the recruiting ranks, a transfer from another program could be the right fit as...

College Football 2016 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 days ago
The 2016 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2016 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of players on offense. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Stanford...

14 Big Ten Stats You Need to Know for 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 3 days ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is just around the corner. What better way to get you ready for another fall of gridiron action than to give you some stats to chew on. Here's a nice serving of some key numbers to pay attention to in 2016 from around the Big Ten.   89.0: Tackles for a loss by Illinois in 2015 It would seem new head coach Lovie Smith is taking...