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Q&A with Ohio State Defensive End Nick Bosa

By Athlon Sports, 6 days 5 hours ago
Joey Bosa was the lone Associated Press first-team All-American for the Buckeyes in the national championship season of 2014. Four years later, the Buckeyes are looking to make another run at the College Football Playoff, and defensive end Nick Bosa arguably is as talented as any player on the OSU roster.   Is he as good as his older brother, who was the third pick of the 2016 NFL Draft?...

Michigan Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By Mike Bainbridge, 1 week 4 hours ago
The 2018 schedule for the Michigan Wolverines does them no favors with road trips to three of their biggest rivals in Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State. Additionally, the home slate provides few cakewalks with the likes of Wisconsin, Penn State and Indiana all coming to town.   If Jim Harbaugh is to have his Wolverines in position to challenge for a berth in the Big Ten title game...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 5 hours ago
College football scheduling lacking complete uniformity is one of the sport's beautiful quirks, or a frustrating point of contention, depending on your perspective. The fact that teams within the same conference can play very different slates might not be ideal for determining the College Football Playoff, but it does contribute to the variety that differentiates college football from other...

Illinois Football: 2018 Illini Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 hours ago
Improvement has been tough to find in Lovie Smith's two seasons at Illinois. The Fighting Illini have won just five games in that span and finished without a win in Big Ten play last year. Smith has played a ton of young players, and the hope is that the product on the field will improve as those players mature. However, marked improvement in 2018 won't be attainable without a solution...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Iowa Football's Schedule

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 1 day ago
The Big Ten West Division is starting to get pretty interesting, and the Iowa Hawkeyes sit right in the thick of things once again. Wisconsin has reigned supreme in the division the last couple of years, but Iowa is not far removed from an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game. Can this year's Hawkeyes manage to make a return trip to Indianapolis?   There will certainly be some...

Jordan Westerkamp Looks at the Future of Nebraska's Wide Receivers

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 week 1 day ago
While Nebraska football's culture may be taking a step back to its championship-winning roots with Scott Frost at the head of the program, its offense will be rapidly evolving.   The spread offense has been a part of Husker lore recently during both the Bo Pelini and Mike Riley eras. However, those attacks cannot compare to what Frost wants to bring to the table. He has even...

Rutgers Football: 2018 Scarlet Knights Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 1 day ago
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights took a step forward in Chris Ash's second season. After a 2-10 record in his debut, Rutgers doubled its win total to four and won three Big Ten games. Ash has the program on the right track, but improving on last year's four wins won't be easy. John McNulty is the program's ninth offensive coordinator in the past nine years, and he inherits a...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
The Big Ten might have the best collection of head coaches among Power 5 leagues for the 2018 season. Ohio State's Urban Meyer takes the top spot in Athlon's Big Ten coach rankings, but Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Penn State's James Franklin aren't far behind. And the depth in the league extends to Wisconsin's Paul Chryst and...

5 Ways that Ryan Fieldhouse Will Help Northwestern Football Take that Next Step

By Gabe Salgado, 1 week 3 days ago
Northwestern University recently opened the long awaited Ryan Fieldhouse, the newest facility for the football program. Pat Fitzgerald, an NU alum who's been the team's head coach since 2006, had long been pushing for an upgrade to the facilities. The old facility -- which is next to Welsh-Ryan Arena and tucked behind Ryan Field -- that Fitzgerald practiced in as a player is the same one...

Minnesota Football: 2018 Gophers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 days ago
P.J. Fleck's last program (Western Michigan) improved its win total by seven games from his first year to the second season. A similar jump in Minneapolis is unlikely, but improvement should be noticeable. Minnesota's bowl hopes rest on QB play after this team threw just seven touchdown passes in league play last fall. Fleck is counting redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan to claim the...