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How the Big Ten Will Make the College Football Playoff

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten already has losses to the Pac-12 (twice), SEC, ACC and Notre Dame — not to mention two losses to the MAC. Many, including myself, are writing the Big Ten off as a playoff contender. It’s not that there won’t be some good teams in the league but more that so many things would have to fall into place for a Big Ten team to get into the four-team tournament....

Big Ten Week 2 Preview and Predictions

By David Fox, 1 month 2 weeks ago
 Three Big Ten teams will be the center of the college football world in the second week of the season.The league will hope it’s not the last time that’s the case in 2014.This could be the week the Big Ten establishes its College Football Playoff credentials and national perception, one way or another.Michigan State has a chance to continue its status as the Big Ten’s...

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big Ten for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
The Big Ten may have slipped slightly in terms of conference pecking order over the last couple of seasons, but there’s no shortage of talent returning to the league in 2014. Of course, the season-ending shoulder injury to Braxton Miller eliminates one of the league’s Heisman contenders, but Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is a first-team All-American by Athlon Sports, and there...

The Big Ten's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 4 days ago
Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder re-injury might be the biggest piece of offseason personnel news in all of college football this year. It likely makes the Michigan State Spartans the team to beat in the Big Ten, and, when it comes to the B1G earning a College Football Playoff berth, all eyes now turn to Sparty’s trip to Oregon in Week 2. A win in Eugene might be a...

NCAA Football Preview - Northwestern Wildcats

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 4 days ago
It was a particularly frustrating campaign, considering one year earlier Northwestern went 10-3 and won a bowl game for the first time in 64 years.Things got off to a promising enough start, which included a season-opening win at California (44-30) followed by consecutive home wins over Syracuse (48-27) and Western Michigan (38-17). The team went into its Week 5 bye at 4-0, but came out the other...

Big Ten Advanced Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 5 days 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, 2 months 1 week 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 months 1 week 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 months 2 weeks 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 months 2 weeks 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...