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Big Ten Isn't "Back" Until West Division Finds Quality QBs

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Traditionally, the Big Ten has had excellent quarterback play. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer, Kyle Orton and Drew Stanton all threw for at least 1,700 yards in the NFL last season. With Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg and the Ohio State triumvirate, the Big Ten’s passing game is in good hands again in 2015. In the East Division, at...

Big Ten Football 2015 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The Big Ten is a conference on the rise. Ohio State is the defending national champion, Michigan State has won at least 11 games in four out of the last five seasons, and with new coaches at Penn State (James Franklin) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh) it won’t be long before both programs are back among the top 25 on an annual basis. In a prediction that should surprise no one, Ohio State...

Wisconsin Kicker Rafael Gaglianone Attempts Field Goal Off Holder's Nose

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone is taking trick shots by kickers to a new level. On Wednesday, the Badgers kicker posted a video attempting a field goal, while his holder keeps the ball upright by using his nose. Needless to say, perfection is critical here. If Gaglianone just misses, the holder is going to be in a little of bit of pain. Whether it’s in the NFL or college...

B1G Shoes to Fill: Who Will be Replacing Some of the Conference's Best Running Backs in 2015?

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 2 days ago
The Big Ten Conference had a bit of a revival in 2014. Star power at the running back position had a lot to do with that, as all three finalists for the Doak Walker Award came from the Big Ten. Those three backs and two other B1G stars at running back have moved on via the NFL draft. Now we are left with one question: Who steps up and replaces those elite ball carriers? Here now are the...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 days ago
When putting together Athlon Sports' college football magazine and preseason Top 25 each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish. And don’t forget that the College Football Playoff Committee made it very clear in its first season that it values scheduling....

Ranking the Big Ten's Offensive Triplets for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The Big Ten is known for possessing some of the nation’s top defenses, but this conference isn’t short on offensive talent for 2015. The Big Ten has three potential first-round picks at quarterback in next year’s draft. Cardale Jones is expected to start over Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett at Ohio State, while Michigan State’s Connor Cook is back for his third year under...

Wisconsin Badgers 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Wisconsin has a new coach (Paul Chryst), but the expectations remain the same in Madison. Led by talented junior running back Corey Clement and a solid defense, the Badgers are Athlon’s pick to win the Big Ten’s West Division. Question marks remain about this team, especially at quarterback and receiver. However, with Nebraska and Minnesota each having their own share of concerns,...

Ranking the Big Ten's Running Backs for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten boasted the nation’s only two running backs that eclipsed 2,000 yards last season, and both players – Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Indiana’s Tevin Coleman – have moved onto the NFL. But the running back position isn’t devoid of talent in the conference in 2015, as Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott is one of the nation’s best and is back to...

Top 25 Big Ten 2016 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The 2015 NFL Draft is over and more than 400 players have begun the next chapter of their football careers. So what better time than now to look ahead to next spring and the 2016 NFL Draft. Here are the top 25 prospects that could be drafted from the Big Ten: 1. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State (6-4, 230)He got no support from his running game or offensive line last fall, but...

Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
It’s no secret Ohio State’s quarterback battle is the most intriguing storyline in college football this year. Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett will compete this fall to take the first snap against Virginia Tech, and the winner of the competition – assuming they start the full year – should be a Heisman candidate. Michigan State’s Connor Cook...