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College Football's Top 35 Defensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme.  Related: College...

Big Ten Football Breakout Players for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
Projecting college football’s breakout players for any given season is no easy assignment. After all, each person has a different take on what a “breakout player” is, and college football is always home to several new faces throughout the season. While it’s difficult to label breakout players, the new stars of any season can have a huge impact on conference...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line. Which teams are strongest in...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Big Ten in 2015

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 3 days ago
Every season of college football starts out the same way. We have all of these things that we think are knowns — lead-pipe locks as one popular radio host calls them. Then, by midseason, we're all wrong, sitting around wondering what happened to all that we thought was written in stone. It shouldn't surprise us, considering that we are dealing with young men in their late...

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big Ten for 2015 (Experts Poll)

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
The balance of power in the Big Ten clearly rests with Ohio State and the East Division in 2015. The Buckeyes are a heavy favorite to repeat as college football’s national champion, and one look at the expert poll results for the best players in the Big Ten solidifies why coach Urban Meyer’s team is the No. 1 pick for 2015. Ohio State had four players voted among the top...

Ranking the Big Ten's Best and Worst College Football Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 17 hours ago
Just about every sports fan is tied to their team’s logo, which makes ranking logos complicated. To get an educated opinion on what is a good logo and what isn't, Athlon Sports turned to one of the people most responsible for helping produce some of the best-looking magazines on the newsstands, graphic designer Daly Cantrell. Here is what she had to say about the Big Ten'...

Why Ohio State Freshmen Football Players Do Not Want To Be "Back in Black"

By Chip Minnich, 2 weeks 18 hours ago
The color black is one of the most popular, yet on the Ohio State Buckeyes, the color black is something that freshmen players are hoping to shed and avoid as quickly as possible. The origins for this mindset go back to head coach Urban Meyer's first season in Columbus in 2012. Related: Looking Back At Ohio State's 2012 Recruiting Class (Part One) Even before Meyer was...

The Big Ten's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2015

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 3 days ago
As the Big Ten Conference improves, so too does the incoming talent. The end result is a new crop of players talented enough to crack their respective starting lineups and make an impact throughout the season. The Big Ten has a group of freshmen as talented as any conference in the country. They'll be stepping into starting roles or regular rotations and likely having a say in how the...

Looking Back At Ohio State's 2012 Recruiting Class (Part Two)

By Chip Minnich, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Back in 2012, Urban Meyer's first recruiting class as head coach of Ohio State consisted of 25 players. As has already been discussed in length, 11 players are no longer with the program. This 44 percent departure rate is higher than "The Rule of Thirds," which is generally applied to recruiting classes when it comes to retention. Related: Looking Back At Ohio State's...

Examining the Biggest Concerns for College Football's 2015 Playoff Contenders

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
With fall camps opening across the nation, all 128 college football teams are putting the final stamp on depth chart battles and preparations for the upcoming season. And as is the case every year, all teams in the national title picture have question marks that must be answered in order to win the college football playoff. Ohio State is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as the national...