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The Big Ten's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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...

College Football's Best Coaches Under 40 For 2014

By David Fox, 2 months 1 week ago
As Steve Sarkisian packed up his boxes in Seattle to take the USC job, the former Washington coach closed the door on another part of his life — his 30s.Sarkisian attained one of the best positions in college football before his 40th birthday, but just barely. Sarkisian turned 40 three months after taking the USC job, taking him off our annual list of college football coaches under...

11 Big Ten Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week ago
Here are Athlon Sports' favorite, most important and most interesting Big Ten statistics you need to know about in 2014: 0-0: Big Ten teams in the BCS title game not named Ohio StateNebraska's 2001 national championship game appearance doesn't count for the Big Ten (although, the Big Ten would probably be fine with the Big 12 keeping that one). So other than Ohio State...

Ranking the Big Ten's Running Backs for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten is well-stocked with talent at running back for 2014. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is a projected first-team All-American, while Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah isn’t far behind. Gordon and Abdullah each averaged over six yards per carry in Big Ten games last year.The depth at running back extends beyond Gordon and Abdullah with Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford,...

Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern Team Closer to Top of Big Ten Than Fans Think

By Evan Buhler, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Given everything it has been through, one would only assume that Northwestern would take a match to the football blueprint and start fresh. You wouldn ’t blame the Wildcats if they did...Read the full article on Bleacher Report...

Which Schools Can End Their Heisman Droughts?

By David Fox, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Note to the uninitiated: Charles Woodson is not a good name to drop around Knoxville.In 1997, the Michigan defensive back beat out Peyton Manning for the Heisman Trophy, one of the greatest Heisman heists if you ask anyone in SEC country.Tennessee had Heisman runners up before (four of them total) and had been closer in the voting (Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung beat out Johnny Majors by 72...

Ranking the Big Ten Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Ranking anything in sports is subjective. We may all agree on certain things — like Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant or that Lambeau Field is better than the Edward Jones Dome — but for the most part, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Ranking college football stadiums is not only subjective but also extremely intricate. General atmosphere, fan support, home-field...

Big Ten Football 2014 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 5 days ago
The 2014 college football season kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes in Dallas with the first four-team playoff in the FBS ranks on January 12, 2015. Since it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming college football season, Athlon Sports has already released its projected rankings for 2014, as well as conference predictions. With the predictions released, it’s time...

Big Ten's Top 10 Must-See Non-Conference Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 3 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten is in desperate need of some non-conference success. This league has begun to fall behind the rest of the biggest boys in college football and some marquee non-conference wins — along with expansion — is a great way to regain some national respect. In 2014, the Big Ten has plenty of opportunities for headline grabbing wins against national...