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Big Ten Isn't "Back" Until West Division Finds Quality QBs

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Traditionally, the Big Ten has had excellent quarterback play. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer, Kyle Orton and Drew Stanton all threw for at least 1,700 yards in the NFL last season. With Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg and the Ohio State triumvirate, the Big Ten’s passing game is in good hands again in 2015. In the East Division, at...

Big Ten Football 2015 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
The Big Ten is a conference on the rise. Ohio State is the defending national champion, Michigan State has won at least 11 games in four out of the last five seasons, and with new coaches at Penn State (James Franklin) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh) it won’t be long before both programs are back among the top 25 on an annual basis. In a prediction that should surprise no one, Ohio State...

College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #41-60

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project how the upcoming year will play out on the field. Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for this season and continues the countdown to September with a look at the teams ranked No. 41-60. The 41-60 range features two teams breaking in new coaches (Houston and Pittsburgh), along with a...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
When putting together Athlon Sports' college football magazine and preseason Top 25 each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish. And don’t forget that the College Football Playoff Committee made it very clear in its first season that it values scheduling....

Northwestern Wildcats 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Pat Fitzgerald is the father of Northwestern football but his Wildcats have missed the postseason two seasons in a row after five straight bowl games. His roster returns a large chunk of the depth chart — try 15 starters — but he has to plug holes at key positions like quarterback. His roster is in good shape but he needs to regain some former magic if Northwestern wants to...

Ranking the Big Ten's Running Backs for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten boasted the nation’s only two running backs that eclipsed 2,000 yards last season, and both players – Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Indiana’s Tevin Coleman – have moved onto the NFL. But the running back position isn’t devoid of talent in the conference in 2015, as Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott is one of the nation’s best and is back to...

Top 25 Big Ten 2016 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Braden Gall, 1 month 4 weeks ago
The 2015 NFL Draft is over and more than 400 players have begun the next chapter of their football careers. So what better time than now to look ahead to next spring and the 2016 NFL Draft. Here are the top 25 prospects that could be drafted from the Big Ten: 1. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State (6-4, 230)He got no support from his running game or offensive line last fall, but...

Ranking the Big Ten College Towns (Expert Poll)

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” couldn’t be more true when it comes to ranking college towns. Do you prefer larger metropolitan areas? Do you enjoy the isolated peace and quiet of a quaint small town? Cost of living, nightlife, food, culture, weather, surrounding geography and more go into evaluating a city. Every college campus is...

Big Ten 2015 Football Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 2 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, 2 months 3 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...