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Heisman Watch: Early Look at Top Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2021

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 4 days 23 hours ago
DeVonta Smith ended a three-decade drought for wide receivers when he won the Heisman Trophy in 2020. Smith was also just the third non-quarterback to win the honor since 2000. He caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns — all of which led the nation — in a dominant, record-setting and national championship-winning campaign.   The Alabama senior beat out a tough...

Ohio State Football: Who Will Replace Justin Fields at Quarterback in 2021?

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 23 hours ago
Ohio State is the heavy favorite to win the Big Ten in 2021, but coach Ryan Day has a tough assignment on tap this spring. Quarterback Justin Fields departed early for the NFL, leaving virtually no experience at the position. But as usual in Columbus, the Buckeyes aren’t hurting for talent. And the pipeline for the 2022 recruiting class looks strong if Southlake Carroll (Texas) prospect...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 21 hours ago
The early-entry deadline for the 2021 NFL Draft officially passed on Monday, Jan. 18. Counting seniors who passed on an extra year of eligibility and underclassmen entering early, more than 400 players declared for the next level. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence, Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and BYU quarterback Zach...

Northwestern Football: 2020 Team Awards

By Gabe Salgado, 1 week 23 hours ago
The Northwestern Wildcats were the surprise of the Big Ten in 2020. After winning their first Big Ten West crown, and coming from behind to defeat Utah in the Holiday Bowl in 2018, it appeared that Northwestern had finally taken that next big step. But then an injury-plagued, mistake-filled '19 season hit NU with a huge dose of reality. After a slew of changes during the offseason (new...

Big Ten Football: Best Games of 2020

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 1 day ago
The Big Ten football season was in jeopardy as late as September, but the conference made up for lost time in a less-than-two-month sprint to the finish line. Some of the most exciting games of the 2020 season came from the Big Ten, as well as a national championship contender.   From the emergence of surprise teams, to breakout individual efforts, the season that almost wasn't...

Illinois Football: 5 Reasons Why Bret Bielema is a Good Hire

By Gabe Salgado, 1 week 4 days ago
The Lovie Smith era in Champaign started out with much fanfare, but it will go out with a whimper. The Illinois Fighting Illini football program has made another change on the sideline after Smith posted just a 17-39 record, with just one bowl game appearance (lost the 2019 Redbox Bowl). After the '19 season, it looked like Illinois was finally turning the corner. Especially after the Illini...

Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
Ohio State is once again the team to beat in the early Big Ten predictions for the 2021 college football season. The Buckeyes are going to have to replace a handful of key contributors on both sides of the ball, but thanks to elite recruiting and talent development, there's little doubt coach Ryan Day will have this team primed for another run at the title. Indiana and Penn State are locked...

10 Most Successful Athletes/Coaches Turned Politicians

By Aaron Tallent, 1 week 5 days ago
In November's election, Alabama made Tommy Tuberville the latest person to make the jump from sports to politics when they elected him as a U.S. Senator. The former Auburn head coach (as well as Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and Cincinnati) became the first person elected to the Senate who spent almost his entire career coaching football after he defeated incumbent Doug Jones.  ...

College Football's 2020-21 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 6 days ago
The 2020 college football season will forever be remembered for being one of the most unique seasons ever played. But the sport managed to maneuver through varying starting points and cross the finish line with Alabama claiming ownership to another national championship. While there is no questioning Alabama's place in college football, some schools can make or break their image with their...

Ranking College Football's National Champions Since 1998

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 6 days ago
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has quite the collection of national championship hardware. After his 2020 Crimson Tide dismantled Ohio State for the College Football Playoff national championship in Hard Rock Stadium on Monday night, Saban earned his seventh national championship overall, and his sixth with Alabama. And he arguably did so with the best offensive team Alabama has ever fielded. But...