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College Football Rewind: 10 Games We Would Like to Watch Again

By Aaron Tallent, 2 weeks 1 day ago
With live sports canceled for the foreseeable future because of the novel coronavirus, there is a dearth of programming on TV. For those of us needing a football fix, here are 10 college football games ESPN or whichever channel owns the rights could rebroadcast.   1. Nebraska 35, Oklahoma 31 Nov. 25, 1971 (Norman, Okla.) This Thanksgiving Day showdown between the undefeated Huskers and...

Nebraska Football: Why Cam Taylor-Britt is Cornhuskers' Most Powerful Defender in 2020

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 3 weeks 23 hours ago
On March 9, Cam Taylor-Britt looked out across a group of Nebraska sports media members with bright eyes and a smile on his face. He was itching to tackle questions with as much enthusiasm as any wide receiver he's gone up against to date.   "Good morning. How ya'll doing?"   The junior from Montgomery, Alabama, finds himself more than a name. He is now an icon, a...

College Football 2020 Team Spring Previews

By Ben Weinrib, 3 weeks 2 days ago
The college football regular season won't kick off until Week 0 on August 29, and while some teams were able to start spring practice, all football-related activities have come to a halt due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.   While it's unknown at this time when teams will be able to resume practice, below you can find Athlon Sports' spring previews for...

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2020 Spring Practice Positional Preview: Defensive Backs

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 4 weeks 23 hours ago
Travis Fisher has proven to be one of the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ best assistant coaches. Not only has he been able to provide Scott Frost with improved defensive backs, but he’s also helped reel in some of the biggest fish in the Huskers’ most recent recruiting classes.   His third year in Lincoln provides him one of his stiffest challenges yet. Let’s review how...

Indiana Football: Hoosiers' 2020 Spring Preview

By Kevin McGuire, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The Indiana Hoosiers enter 2020 looking to take another step forward after its first eight-win season since 1993. Tom Allen finally got Indiana over the last hurdle to get to a bowl game after back-to-back five-win seasons, but now the bar has been raised. How will the Hoosiers follow up their memorable 2019 campaign?   This spring brings about some notable changes and presents Allen and...

Wisconsin Football: Badgers' 2020 Spring Preview

By Kevin McGuire, 4 weeks 1 day ago
It may not be as warm in Madison, Wisconsin, as it is in other parts of the college football world, but none of that matters for the Wisconsin Badgers. Coming off an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game and the Rose Bowl, Paul Chryst once again has his program expecting to be in the Big Ten title mix in 2020. But with the notable departure of one of the nation's top running backs and...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 23 hours ago
College football’s 2019-20 coaching carousel featured 24 changes, including moves at Florida State, Ole Miss, Washington State, Colorado and Arkansas. With the carousel completed and all 24 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. Florida State's hire of Mike Norvell takes the top spot in Athlon's grades, but...

Nebraska Football: Cornhuskers' 2020 Spring Preview

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 month 23 hours ago
After Scott Frost returned to Nebraska to coach its football program, it soon became apparent that building it to his desired specifications would take a minute. Despite a 9-15 record thus far, Frost is still managing to convince potential playmakers to come into the fold.   Not only that, but we’ve now seen some of the biggest coaching staff changes of his young head coaching...

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2020 Spring Practice Positional Preview: Linebackers

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 month 3 days ago
The second level of the Nebraska Cornhuskers' front seven doesn't suffer nearly as much in terms of losing experience as the defensive line. However, it remains a major x-factor for yet another year. With assistant coach Mike Dawson rejoining Scott Frost in Lincoln, this time to work with the outside linebackers, let’s review both what he has at disposal and the unit as a whole...

Illinois Football: 5 Newcomers to Watch for the Fighting Illini

By Gabe Salgado, 1 month 5 days ago
The 2019 college football season was an amazing campaign for the Illinois Fighting Illini. It was the program's first year since 2014 in which it posted both a winning season and played in a bowl game. It was also the year in which Lovie Smith's rebuilding project was finally starting to bear fruit.   So now the Illini have expectations put upon them for 2020. The main area that...