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Minnesota Football: 2020 Golden Gophers Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 4 days 4 hours ago
Few observers are snickering over P.J. Fleck’s “Row the Boat” mantra after the Gophers’ performances spiked in his third season at the helm last fall.   Minnesota finished 11–2, with signature wins over No. 5 Penn State and then No. 9 Auburn in the Outback Bowl. It was the first time the Gophers had won more than 10 games since 1904, when high school teams...

Iowa Football: 2020 Hawkeyes Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 5 days 5 hours ago
Kirk Ferentz will be 65 years old by the start of the 2020 season, but much like his team, he shows no signs of slowing down. Iowa just finished a five-year stretch with 47 victories, including a 10–3 record last season. It was the sixth double-digit win season under Ferentz, and many of the key players from that team return, including sophomore running back Tyler Goodson, senior All-Big...

Northwestern Football: 5 Wildcat Offensive Players to Watch in 2020

By Gabe Salgado, 1 week 2 days ago
The Northwestern Wildcats head into the 2020 season with optimism. They'll be looking to rebound from last year's 3-9 campaign, and get back into postseason contention. Most of the optimism centers around the Wildcat offense. New offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian is upgrading the Wildcats playbook, the Wildcats added some fresh talent in the offseason, and everybody is coming back...

Nebraska Football: How Scott Frost Has Addressed Special Teams in a Major Way for 2020

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 week 4 days ago
Problems littered the nooks and crannies of Nebraska's 2019 season resulting in another year without a postseason appearance. The Cornhuskers' offense sputtered and stopped preventing any consistency while their defensive front seven was unfortunately porous.   But the third phase of the game — often the most overlooked until problems arise — may have had the greatest...

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
The 2020 college football season is scheduled to officially begin on Saturday, Aug. 29, but it's never too early to start thinking about top 25 rankings and what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, the list of favorites for this year starts with familiar contenders:...

Nebraska Football: 10 Cornhusker Bandwagons to Climb on for 2020

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 2 weeks 2 days ago
While financial stock markets can be unstable in general, there are several factors that determine success or failure over the short term. Not unlike this, we see numerous members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers' 2020 roster that might help make or break the team's third season under Scott Frost.   If you're looking to jump on a bandwagon ⁠— or at least try to shove your way...

Nebraska Football: The 3 Most Controversial Thoughts Surrounding the Cornhuskers' 2020 Season

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 2 weeks 6 days ago
As the Nebraska Cornhuskers prepare for their third season under Scott Frost, mere hype isn't tolerated. Fans don't want to hear about anyone winning the Heisman or other accolades. All due respect to everyone involved, they want results. Facts are facts: Frost is among the nation's 20 highest-paid coaches, and Husker Nation is ready to see the product he helped create as Oregon'...

Illinois Football: 10 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Fighting Illini

By Gabe Salgado, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The Illinois Fighting Illini are back for more in 2020. The team posted its best season during the Lovie Smith era last year (6-7) and made its first bowl appearance since 2014. A handful of players were responsible for much of the team's success in 2019, and most return to keep the momentum going this season. Because of Illinois' resurgence on the gridiron, NFL scouts are taking notice...

Northwestern Football: 5 Reasons Why Peyton Ramsey Could be the Starting Quarterback

By Gabe Salgado, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Although spring practices across college football were canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, several programs had already begun their workouts before the pandemic took hold of the country. The Northwestern Wildcats were among those able to get a handful of crucial reps in and even received a prized transfer before workouts were stopped.   Before Northwestern halted all...

Nebraska Football: Transfers Cornhuskers Should Be Targeting in 2020

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Scott Frost is no stranger to the ever-hyped transfer portal. Yes, he's seen a number of players use it to depart Lincoln for potentially greener pastures. However, while acknowledging that the portal isn't the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the third-year Nebraska Huskers head man clearly appreciates its merits.   While Kanawai Noa didn't light the world on...
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