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Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 18 hours ago
College football’s best collection of head coaches resides in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer boasts three national championships in his career and takes the top spot in Athlon’s rankings. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Penn State’s James Franklin and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald round out an impressive top five. And the...

Big Ten’s Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 1 day ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Minnesota's College Football Schedule in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 5 days ago
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are in the rare position of going through a coaching change after what was – by most accounts – a successful season. New head coach P.J. Fleck inherited a relatively experienced team that could realistically contend for a Big Ten West title.   The 2017 schedule will present some significant challenges toward achieving that accomplishment, as the...

Big Ten Football 2017 Returning Starters Analysis

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on the numbers, the data is an interesting early look at how teams are shaping up for the upcoming season.   The Big Ten should have a couple of...

Iowa Hawkeyes 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Robert A. Boleyn, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Once upon a time in a faraway land, there existed an Iowa Hawkeyes home field which elicited shock and awe in opponents visiting Iowa City. Kinnick Stadium, with its intimate seating that puts fans directly on the opponent’s sidelines, infamous pink visitor’s locker room, and a fan base that just didn't know when to stay quiet, was a nasty place to visit. And very few teams came...

5 Nebraska Cornhuskers 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Matt Fortuna, 3 weeks 16 hours ago
Nebraska saw an incredible streak related to the NFL draft come to an end last week. The Cornhuskers’ national-best 54-year run of having multiple draft picks was snapped. Former Huskers safety Nate Gerry was the program’s only selection of 2017, with the Philadelphia Eagles picking the projected linebacker in the fifth round (No. 184 overall).   Nebraska’s draft history...

Top 25 Big Ten 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 17 hours ago
Michigan set a school record with 11 players hearing their names called during the three-day 2017 NFL Draft. Ohio State was once again well represented in the draft as well, as Urban Meyer continues to pump out NFL-ready talent in Columbus. In all, 35 Big Ten players were among the 253 players selected.   But now, the page is quickly turning to the 2018 NFL Draft. It figures to be another...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 1 day ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

Michigan Wolverines 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Mike Bainbridge, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2016 college football season for the Michigan Wolverines was moving along quite smoothly until one raucous weekend in Iowa City where a last-second field goal sent the season in a downward spiral. The Wolverines wound up losing three out of their last four games including a nail-biter at Ohio State and the Orange Bowl to Florida State after starting the year 9-0.   Heading into 2017,...