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Michigan Football: 2021 Wolverines Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 6 days 17 hours ago
After a season marred by mistakes and bad football, Michigan has endured significant turnover from a player and coaching standpoint. While questions remain on the offensive side of the ball, the focus now shifts to the defense with the departure of longtime coordinator Don Brown. First-year defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald has arrived from the Baltimore Ravens and will be implementing a new...

Big Ten Football 2021 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 16 hours ago
The road to the 2021 Big Ten Championship travels through Columbus once again, as Ohio State is Athlon’s pick to claim the league title. The Buckeyes are a heavy favorite in the Big Ten predictions for 2021 and another undefeated regular season should be within reach. Penn State and Indiana rank inside of the projected top 25 for 2021 out of the East Division, with Michigan, Maryland,...

Big Ten Football: Over/Under Predictions on DraftKings Win Totals for 2021 Season

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
College football’s 2021 season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to start placing wagers and bets on the DraftKings over/under totals for the Big Ten. It's Ohio State's conference to lose once again in '21, but a solid second tier of teams is in place with Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State all projected as top 25 teams.   Earlier this week...

Ohio State Football: 2021 Buckeyes Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 4 days ago
There's no way around it: Ohio State's unsettled quarterback situation is one of the most intriguing storylines as we plunge into a highly anticipated college football season. All that is apparent so far is that Justin Fields has left a cloud of uncertainty at the position, and head coach Ryan Day eventually will point in the direction of a freshman. Redshirts C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller...

Wisconsin Football: 2021 Badgers Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 4 days ago
A disappointing 2020 season has Wisconsin looking to turn the page and climb back to the top of the Big Ten Conference West Division. A bevy of juniors and seniors opted to return to Madison instead of making the leap to the NFL, and those players will be crucial in keeping the Badgers' defense among the top 10 in the nation in scoring and total yards allowed, as well as improving an...

Iowa Football: 2021 Hawkeyes Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 5 days ago
At an age when many plan for retirement, Kirk Ferentz is planning for his 23rd season as the Iowa head coach. Ferentz will be 66 when the 2021 season starts, but he hasn't given even the slightest indication that he is considering retiring.   Ferentz, who is the longest-tenured coach in the country, made it through the global pandemic after testing positive for the coronavirus...

Penn State Football: 2021 Nittany Lions Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days ago
For a guy who is coming off his first losing season at Penn State, James Franklin sounds pretty upbeat these days. Maybe that’s because the Nittany Lions were better at the end of the 2020 season than they were at the beginning, winning their last four after starting 0–5. Maybe it’s because he pulled off a recruiting coup in January when he fired offensive coordinator Kirk...

Indiana Football: 2021 Hoosiers Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days ago
After going 6–2 and defeating Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State in the same season for the first time in program history, Indiana still won’t have to search for skeptics. The Hoosiers will be required to deliver proof with a schedule that opens at Iowa and features a visit by Cincinnati before IU enters the Big Ten East grind.   The return of 17 starters, including...

Big Ten Football 2021 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days ago
The 2021 All-Big Ten team is led by 13 selections from Ohio State, while Wisconsin (11), Indiana (11), Penn State (10) and Indiana (10) also hit double-digit picks. Michigan has seven selections on the Big Ten All-Conference Team for '21, while Nebraska checks in with six.    Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2021. Now, it’s time to take a look at the...

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 13 hours ago
The 2021 college football season is scheduled to officially begin on Saturday, Aug. 28, but it's never too early to start thinking about top 25 rankings and projecting what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, that’s not the case at the top, as the list of favorites...