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Big Ten 2015 Football Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Never before has scheduling been a bigger issue than the 2014 College Football Playoff. The committee clearly took a stance on Baylor’s weak non-conference matchups and it cost the Bears a chance at the national championship. A perceived lack of quality wins also has long been an issue for Big Ten champions. It hurt Michigan State two years ago and nearly cost Ohio State last fall....

Ranking the Big Ten's Football Coaching Jobs in 2015 (Expert Poll)

By Braden Gall, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Is it easier to win at Ohio State or Michigan? Wisconsin or Nebraska? Which program provides the most support? Which program has access to the best players? Which program has proven it can succeed at a high level over time? Which program has the most pressure to win? These are all the questions head coaches must ask themselves when deciding to accept a job or not. So Athlon Sports...

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 Big Ten Early Preview

By Braden Gall, 4 months 1 day ago
 Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 Big Ten conference preview. The Big Ten enters a season as a defending champ for the first time since 2002 and only the third time since 1968. However, could a repeat be more likely than you think? Who are the top challengers to the Buckeyes in the East? How does Michigan State move forward without former...

Big Ten's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The national perception of the Big Ten shifted at the end of the 2014 season thanks to Ohio State’s national championship and Michigan’s hire of Jim Harbaugh as the program’s new coach. While the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is only going to increase in intensity with Harbaugh going up against Urban Meyer, don’t forget about Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The...

Big Ten 2015 Spring Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 weeks ago
Spring practice is already underway for a handful of college football teams, and the offseason workouts and scrimmages provide the first glimpse of how all 128 teams will look in 2015. The Big Ten is home to college football’s defending national champs (Ohio State), as well as a cast of intriguing teams in 2015. Michigan State should be among the top-10 teams in the nation, while...

Ranking the Big Ten's Football Rosters for 2015

By Braden Gall, 5 months 5 days ago
Recruiting rankings matter. They are not a guarantee of future success but they are the foundation every national championship has been built upon. It takes great coaching, development and luck to win a title, but having better players is the only way to start. In fact, the data backing up the value of recruiting rankings is impenetrable. For example, look at last year’s rosters...

Minnesota Mascot is Annoying Other Big Ten Teams With Cheesy Valentines

By David Fox, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Watch out, @TheOregonDuck, you’re about to have company as the best college  mascot on Twitter. @GoldyTheGopher is finding a fond place in our hearts — appropriately — this Valentine’s Day weekend with Valentines for the other Big Ten mascots. Just like in elementary school, everyone in the class gets a Valentine. If you like the Big Ten, Valentines...

Big Ten Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

By Braden Gall, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the Big Ten consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned: Lapping the fieldThe Buckeyes are the clear-cut biggest dog on the block in the Big Ten when it comes to recruiting. SB Nation worked the math and proved that,...

Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 6 days ago
College football’s 2014 season has ended, and the focus shifts from the national championship picture to signing day, spring practice and early preseason rankings for 2015. While last year and Ohio State’s national title victory over Oregon is still fresh in our minds, it’s never too early to think about next season. While repeating as a national champion in college...

Buckeyes, Harbaugh Will Return Big Ten to National Prominence

By Braden Gall, 6 months 3 weeks ago
Ohio State won the BCS National Championship in 2002 in dramatic fashion over heavily-favored Miami. An unbeaten, Charles Woodson-led Michigan team split a national championship with Nebraska in 1997. But, quickly, name the last time the Big Ten won a national title in football before the ’97 Wolverines? That would be the undefeated 1968 Ohio State Buckeyes coached by Woody...