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Big Ten Football 2016 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa are projected to be the Big Ten’s top four teams this season, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the Athlon Sports projected All-Big Ten team for 2016. Michigan leads the way with 13 overall selections, while Iowa and Michigan State rank a close second with 12 picks. Ohio State returns only six starters, but the Buckeyes have a...

The Most Important Player on Every Big Ten Team in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Every team has that one guy who needs to show up every week and get his job done at the highest level in order for his team to have success. Sometimes that player is simply the most talented one on the team. Often it's the quarterback. Other times, the most important player is one who simply plays a key role in the game plan and scheme from week to week.   Whatever the case, these...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Having a running back who has the ability to turn on the jets after getting to the second level of the defense and also make something out of nothing is a must for a great ground game. These running backs have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play back seems to...

Big Ten Football 2016 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry has produced plenty of memorable moments throughout its history, and the battle on Nov. 26 should have plenty at stake, as the East Division title and a spot in the College Football Playoff could be up for grabs. With Jim Harbaugh taking over in Ann Arbor, the intensity in this rivalry has only increased over the last two years. The Wolverines took a step...

College Football's 10 Most Explosive Receivers Returning for 2016

By Lance Dozier, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Having a wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field and take the top off the defense is a must for passing attacks. These receivers have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into paydirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play receiver seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great hands. This...

Athlon Sports College Football 2016 Team Rankings 1-128

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 4 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season is less than 100 days away, but the countdown to kickoff is officially underway. Athlon Sports’ 2016 College Football Preview annuals are already on newsstands across the county and available for order in the online store, hosted by Amazon. Each year, Athlon Sports produces regional preview magazines for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, as well as...

Northwestern Wildcats 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 days ago
Northwestern is coming off an impressive 10-3 record from 2015, but coach Pat Fitzgerald's team has a lot of work to do in order to reach double-digit wins once again. The Wildcats can lean on running back Justin Jackson to carry the offense, while quarterback Clayton Thorson should be better in his second year as the starter. The defense was a standout group last season and returns a solid...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.   This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Kickoff for the 2016 college football season is still over 100 days away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and previews for the upcoming year. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2016 Athlon Sports College...

Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The quarterback position in the Big Ten is filled with uncertainty in 2016. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Iowa’s C.J. Beathard are easily the league’s top options, but the question marks begin at No. 3. Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong takes the third spot in Athlon's early rankings for 2016, with Illinois’ Wes Lunt checking in at No. 4. Armstrong and Lunt have the...