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The All-Big Ten Team of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 6 days ago
All-conference teams are a great indicator as to who is the best in each league. Earning first-team honors more than once is a pretty good sign that you were one of the best at your position during your career. The rare three-time (or even four-time) all-league selection makes you one of the best college football players of all-time.As the College Football Playoff Era begins in 2014, Athlon...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably the most important to winning a national or conference title. No matter how much talent a program has, winning a national title is difficult if the...

College Football's Top 15 Wide Receivers on the Rise for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Spring practice is underway for nearly all 128 college football teams, and the countdown to the 2014 season has officially started. There’s still a long way to go before August and the start of next year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about which players are ready for a big jump in production.Earlier this spring, Athlon Sports examined which quarterbacks and running...

Penn State Nittany Lions 2014 Spring Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 1 month 5 days ago
Bill O’Brien was exactly what Penn State needed.He was an outsider who kept the program together and, more importantly, competitive during the worst scandal in NCAA history. In the face of horrific sanctions, not only did O’Brien win games but he also recruited extremely well. So when James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, returned home to assume control of the historic program...

The Big Ten's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
For the Big Ten, the BCS Era was marred with lackluster BCS national championship game performances. The league as a whole won just one national title during the 16-year BCS Era and that title came all the way back in 2002.But from a national awards standpoint, the Big Ten matches up with the best college football has to offer. During the BCS Era alone, the Big Ten's trophy case looks like...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaching Jobs for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Every college football program is unique and has its own set of challenges. But some programs are clearly better than others.So what exactly determines the best job in a conference or in college football? Each person’s criteria will be different, but some programs already have inherit advantages in terms of location, money and tradition. Texas, USC, Florida and Alabama are some of the...

Top 10 Big Ten Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

Top 10 Big Ten Quarterbacks of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

Ranking the Big Ten's Football Rosters for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Love or hate football recruiting, it matters. Coaching, support staffs, financial situations and even a little bit of luck goes into winning football games, but having great players always helps too.So recruiting rankings are just one facet of a deliberate and in-depth equation that helps Athlon Sports project the college football season every year.When the staff sits down to hash out the Athlon...

Big Ten Football 2014 Spring Preview and Storylines

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
It’s tough to glean much from spring practice, but for the 14 teams in the Big Ten, these preseason workouts couldn’t get here fast enough. 2013 was a disappointing year for the conference, as only three teams – Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin – finished in the final Associated Press top 25 poll. The Spartans finished No. 3 in the final poll, while the...