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Ranking the Big Ten's Football Rosters for 2014

By Braden Gall, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Love or hate football recruiting, it matters. Coaching, support staffs, financial situations and even a little bit of luck goes into winning football games, but having great players always helps too.So recruiting rankings are just one facet of a deliberate and in-depth equation that helps Athlon Sports project the college football season every year.When the staff sits down to hash out the Athlon...

Big Ten Football 2014 Spring Preview and Storylines

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 weeks ago
It’s tough to glean much from spring practice, but for the 14 teams in the Big Ten, these preseason workouts couldn’t get here fast enough. 2013 was a disappointing year for the conference, as only three teams – Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin – finished in the final Associated Press top 25 poll. The Spartans finished No. 3 in the final poll, while the...

Top 10 Big Ten Offensive Linemen of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 6 months 3 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

Ranking the Nation's College Coaching Tandems

By David Fox, 6 months 3 weeks ago
Football is king in the SEC, but outside of pockets in Lexington and Gainesville, basketball never feels like a pressing issue.The Big Ten, on the other hand, is where a balance between football and basketball success is trending upward. The league doesn’t have the names of the new ACC — Krzyzewski, Boeheim, Williams and soon Pitino — but Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, John Beilein...

Kill gets raise, extra year at Minnesota

By Anonymous (not verified), 6 months 3 weeks ago
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill was given an extra year on his contract and had his deal restructured at the school.The new contract for Kill runs through the 2018-19 season and will pay him $2.1 million for the 2014-15 campaign. That's a raise from the $1.2 million he was to earn next season."Coach Kill is proving his model works here at the...

Top 10 Big Ten Linebackers of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 7 months 1 day ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

Big Ten Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2014

By Braden Gall, 7 months 5 days ago
Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and 247Sports.com are the four major recruiting services who all do an excellent job evaluating, tracking and ranking all things recruiting.But they don't always agree and that is a great thing for fans. It also means the best way to rank the best classes in the nation is to average them all together and come to a consensus. One service may value quantity while...

Top 10 Big Ten Running Backs of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 7 months 1 week ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

Reports: Rutgers lands Minnesota QB Nelson

By Anonymous (not verified), 7 months 2 weeks ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Quarterback Philip Nelson is leaving one Big Ten program for another.Nelson will transfer from Minnesota to Rutgers, according to several reports Wednesday.The quarterback had announced Jan. 16 that he would transfer, saying in a statement he was looking for a system that centers more on the passing game.Rutgers coach Kyle Flood tweeted Wednesday that there was a "New MN...

Minnesota QB Philip Nelson Transfers to Rutgers

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson recently announced his intention to transfer, and after considering a couple of schools, he has found a new home at Big Ten newcomer Rutgers.Due to NCAA transfer rules, Nelson must sit out 2014 and will be eligible to play in 2015.In two years at Minnesota, Nelson threw for 2,179 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 548 yards and six scores.Nelson...