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Ranking the Watchability of the Big Ten’s Bowl Games in 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 6 days ago
This bowl season you will be hard-pressed to miss the Big Ten in action. A total of 10 of the 14 teams in the Big Ten will be playing in bowl games this year, including four in New Year’s Six bowl games, highlighted by Ohio State in the College Football Playoff and conference champion Penn State in the Rose Bowl.   Related: Ranking All 40 College Football Bowls for 2016 From Must-...

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
With the completion of college football’s 2016 regular season, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers for the All-America team. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there was no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. The SEC led the way with 25 overall selections, with the Pac-12 and ACC tying...

Big Ten 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten is trending up at the end of the 2016 college football regular season. The conference has a strong argument as the best in the nation this year, as Ohio State finished No. 3 in the CFB Playoff selection committee rankings, with Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin also inside of the final top 10. The Buckeyes ranked as the top team in the rankings, but the Nittany Lions edged the...

Predictions for Every College Football 2016-2017 Bowl Game

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
College football’s bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 and continues until the national championship in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 9. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 17, four writers for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.   Five games dot the first Saturday of action and eight other matchups are...

15 Best Big Ten College Football Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 1 week ago
While there may be some grumblings from those down South, there’s little doubt in most minds that the Big Ten was the best conference in college football this season. That’s quite evident when you look at all those teams in the top 25 of the College Football Playoff rankings, the fact that the league produced the first-ever non-champion in the final four and the placement of four...

5 Biggest Landslides in Heisman Trophy Voting History

By Aaron Tallent, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Barring a major upset, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is expected to be named the winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy. Even though his Cardinals stumbled a bit towards the end of the regular season, Jackson’s Heisman candidacy was built early on the back of some monster games. And those statistics, combined with his performance in a few marquee games and a slew of...

20 Players on the Rise Entering College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Breakout players or the emergence of new stars is an annual tradition for all 128 college football teams. However, with the focus shifting to the bowl season, it’s never too early to think about players that could use the postseason as a springboard to an even bigger 2017 campaign. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, Kentucky running back Benny Snell, Stanford quarterback Keller...

Ohio State Buckeyes 2016 Team Awards

By Chip Minnich, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Despite a three-point loss at Penn State on Oct. 22 that denied Ohio State the Big Ten East Division, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer was able to keep his coaches and players focused on reaching the College Football Playoff. Ranked third heading into a Fiesta Bowl matchup against Clemson on New Year's Eve, the Buckeyes are ready to win their second national championship in three...

College Football Playoff: What Would a 16-team Bracket Look Like in 2016?

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Well, that was fun.   We're down to four teams to decide which one will be the champion of the wacky 2016 college football season. It's pretty cut and dry, right?   Wrong.   As always in college football, controversy reigns supreme this time of year – especially when it comes to the four-team College Football Playoff. And as always, the teams that will compete...

Seven-Step Drop: Nothing Controversial About This Year’s College Football Playoff

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Contrary to all the tweets, all the talking heads on television and all of the columns written, there was no drama in this year’s College Football Playoff selection process. There were zero surprises either.   The New Year’s Six on Monday was exactly as it was the prior Thursday night (aside from a few folks flipping Penn State and Wisconsin’s spots). Nothing changed...