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Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 3 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches in the Big Ten to...

Podcast: Official 2016 Big Ten Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 6 months 3 weeks ago
Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox are back previewing the Power 5. Today, we dive deep into Big Ten country.   - First, the nine-game conference schedule? What are the advantages and disadvantages and do we like it? Who is it good for? Who does it hurt?   - The Big Ten West's repuation is on the line this fall. Right?   - Wisconsin has a lot of unknowns and one of...

Podcast: Playoff Breakdown feat. Eli Gold, Robert Smith, Bud Elliott, David Hood

By Braden Gall, 6 months 3 weeks ago
We called in some reinforcements to break down our picks to make the College Football Playoff in 2016: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Clemson.   Alabama play-by-play great and author Eli Gold joins the Cover 2 to analyze the Alabama Crimson Tide. Could this team throw the ball more? Who will start at QB? What should fans make of the coaching changes? His updated book, Crimson...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 7 months 2 hours ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college football season the fruit of that labor.   Opening week is loaded with blockbuster games and the state of Texas alone may play host to the biggest...

Heisman Watch: The Big Ten’s Top Heisman Candidates for 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 7 months 1 day ago
The Big Ten has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith posed with the stiff-armed trophy in 2006. It is the longest Heisman drought for the Big Ten since Archie Griffin’s second Heisman Trophy in 1975 and Michigan’s Desmond Howard in ‘91. Could it be a Buckeye that snaps the Heisman-less streak this season?   In what is already heralded...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 1 day ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 1 week ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 50 names, we tried to stick...

Ranking the Big 12 Expansion Candidates

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 1 week ago
The Big 12 could be expanding by two or four teams in the near future, as the conference’s board of directors on Tuesday authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate and gather information on programs interested in joining the league. The timeline for expansion is expected to move fast, as the new programs could join the Big 12 in time for the 2017 season. While expansion isn’t...

Top 10 Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 7 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten moves to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, meaning fewer non-conference battles to evaluate from the 14-team conference. Even though the number of non-conference tilts has been reduced, there are still some good quality matchups to put some of the Big Ten’s programs to the test.   Related: Big Ten Football 2016 Predictions   If the College Football Playoff...

Looking Back At Ohio State's 2013 Recruiting Class (Part Three)

By Chip Minnich, 7 months 1 week ago
Upon his arrival at Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer’s initial recruiting class in 2012 consisted of 25 players. While Meyer had high hopes for his initial crop of Buckeyes, he also was far from satisfied.   He described that 2012 class as “pretty strong, but I wouldn’t consider that a great recruiting effort.” It was clear that Meyer was intent on making a...