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Big Ten Advanced Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 1 day ago
Visit Football Study Hall to get in-depth team previews, advanced stats and features for the 2014 season .Baseball has sabermetrics. Basketball has KenPom’s efficiency rankings. What does football have? When it comes to advanced analytics, the game of football has lagged behind the other major American sports. Additionally, the college game trails well behind the more powerful (...

Northwestern's Offense Suffers Setback With Transfer of RB Venric Mark

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
Northwestern’s offense suffered a major setback on Wednesday, as running back Venric Mark decided he would transfer from the program, and receiver Christian Jones was ruled out for the year due to a knee injury.Mark was one of the Big Ten’s most explosive playmakers in 2012, rushing for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns and was a key weapon on special teams.The senior plans to transfer...

The Big Ten's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 35 min ago
The beauty of college football lies in its unpredictability and volatility. Roster turnover is largely responsible for the tremendous amount of variability from year to year within the sport. Key graduations, early entries into the NFL Draft, dismissals and a massive influx of tomorrow's stars in the form of bright-eyed freshmen create more personnel turnover in college football than...

Ranking College Football's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Official school logos have been and will always be the simplest and most important way for a college program to classify and separate itself from its peers. Some change dramatically over time while others are literally set in stone for decades. Some are edgy, exciting and extremely busy while others are clean, classic and simple. Every college football program in the nation has an official...

Ranking the Big Ten's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Official school logos have been and will always be the simplest and most important way for a college program to classify and separate itself from its peers. Some change dramatically over time while others are literally set in stone for decades. Some are edgy, exciting and extremely busy while others are clean, classic and simple. Every college football program in the nation has an official...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days 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 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the Big Ten to talk anonymously about...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Big Ten Players Special

By Braden Gall, 1 month 14 hours ago
Big Ten Media Days are here, and Athlon Sports is live from Chicago, Ill., to talk all things Big Ten with coaches, players and writers alike.  Braden Gall visited with Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan, Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. Have a question or comment? Contact us at podcast@...

Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Big Ten Media Days 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 15 hours ago
Big Ten Media Days are here, and Athlon Sports is live from Chicago, Ill., to talk all things Big Ten with coaches, players and writers alike.  Braden Gall and David Fox were joined by Big Ten Network studio host and author Dave Revsine as well as Big Ten Network reporter Tom Deinhart. Order Revsine's book, The Opening Kickoff, here. Have a question or comment? Contact us...

The Big Ten's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 4 days ago
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and...

Big Ten Football Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Whether it’s a true freshman playing for the first time, a junior college recruit stepping into the lineup or a player on the roster that’s finally ready to assume a starting job, predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. The...