Big Ten Articles

James Franklin
CHICAGO — This is not the Penn State program Mike Hull thought he was joining.Now, that’s not a bad thing, but the James Franklin style is not one Hull thought he’d be embracing when he was a recruit from Canonsburg, Pa., in 2009...
David Fox
3 months ago
Bo Pelini
CHICAGO —  The Bo Pelini image makeover isn’t a makeover at all, at least as far as his players are concerned. Pelini’s sideline blowups have been well-documented. During the season, he can be short and gruff with...
David Fox
3 months ago
Gary Andersen
Gary Andersen’s first season in Madison was a successful one, as the Badgers went 9-4 with all four losses coming by 10 points or less. Despite having just eight returning starters, the Badgers are Athlon’s early favorites to win...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Wisconsin Badgers
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap...
Braden Gall
4 months ago
Ezekiel Elliott
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Whether it’s a true freshman playing for the first time, a junior college recruit stepping into the lineup or a...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
The top programs in the Big Ten, for the most part, take a more traditional route for building rosters. Sign high school players and develop them into veterans.Sure, there are outliers. Ohio State pulls five-star recruits as well as any program in...
David Fox
4 months ago
Christian Hackenberg
The Big Ten’s new 14-team alignment brought another shift in the divisions for 2014. Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan headline a strong East Division, with the Spartans and Buckeyes expected to be the class of the Big Ten...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Venric Mark
Every college football season brings a surprise or two each fall. And if you need evidence of that statement, take a look at the two teams that played for last year’s national championship: Florida State and Auburn. While both programs...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Venric Mark
Injuries are a significant part of every college football season. Whether it’s a key starter or solid backup, an injury could derail a team’s national or conference title hopes.Several teams suffered major injuries to key players last...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Brady Hoke
It’s easy. Or at least that’s what Devin Gardner says. The fifth-year Michigan quarterback and his teammates found little difficulty ignoring the criticisms and outrage directed at them during — and following — last year...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
LSU Tigers
Sure, we are all looking forward to Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota battling it out for a potential playoff spot in mid-October. How about Bryce Petty visiting Trevor Knight for a Big 12 championship? I can’t wait for Braxton Miller’s...
Braden Gall
4 months ago
Rashad Greene
The middle of summer is upon us, and for many elite high school prospects, that means 7-on-7 competitions.If quarterbacks, receivers and running backs aren’t working on passing skeletons in their spare time, they’re probably at one of...
David Fox
4 months ago
Ali-Frazier. Manning-Brady. Magic-Bird. Mariota-Hundley? Okay, maybe I’m over doing it a bit. But as far as college football fans are concerned, there will be no bigger quarterback matchup in 2014 than when UCLA’s Brett Hundley and...
Braden Gall
4 months ago
Michigan Wolverines
Brady Hoke is entering a critical fourth season in Ann Arbor. His offense, particularly on the ground, has taken progressive steps backwards in all three seasons and it led to the firing of longtime Hoke assistant Al Borges. Michigan didn...
Braden Gall
4 months ago
Will Muschamp
Hot seat talk among any college football fanbase never seems to end. Of course, it’s the offseason, so everyone is discussing preseason expectations and predictions. And with expectations of records and bowl games comes the pressure on head...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
College football has made plenty of news this summer, and some of it hasn’t involved attorneys or conference realignment.The summer — officially — has recently begun, but it’s starting to feel like the season is just...
David Fox
4 months ago
Shilique Calhoun
You can call Shilique Calhoun whatever you want — he has at least three nicknames so far — but be sure to call him one of the best defensive ends in the nation. Calhoun, a 6'4", 257-pound fourth-year junior from Middletown...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Jeremy Pruitt
Coaching changes are a big part of any college football offseason, and several big names switched addresses. And whether it was coaching moves in the SEC or the Sun Belt, this offseason wasn’t short on impact additions or subtractions...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Pat Fitzgerald
As Steve Sarkisian packed up his boxes in Seattle to take the USC job, the former Washington coach closed the door on another part of his life — his 30s.Sarkisian attained one of the best positions in college football before his 40th...
David Fox
4 months ago
Jameis Winston
 College football’s postseason format has changed significantly last year, with 2014 the first season of a four-team playoff.As a result of the new playoff format, the changes in the postseason extended to the bowl games.Whether it was a...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Texas A&M Aggies
It’s a cliché for a reason and it’s survived more than 2,000 years for a reason. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” — which some say first originated in 3rd century B.C. — applies to most...
Braden Gall
4 months ago
Here are Athlon Sports' favorite, most important and most interesting Big Ten statistics you need to know about in 2014: 0-0: Big Ten teams in the BCS title game not named Ohio StateNebraska's 2001 national championship game...
Braden Gall
4 months ago
  After last week's league-by-league look at quarterbacks, the Athlon Sports Cover 2 Team did the same examination of coaches through each of the five major conferences. We picked coaches on the hot seat for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten,...
David Fox
4 months ago
Melvin Gordon
The Big Ten is well-stocked with talent at running back for 2014. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is a projected first-team All-American, while Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah isn’t far behind. Gordon and Abdullah each averaged over six yards...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Big Ten Conference
Conference realignment reached a fever pitch a few years ago and it caused great headaches for fans and coaches across the nation. The dollars and “sense” of conference realignment blazed a path through college football for a few...
Braden Gall
4 months ago

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