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Wisconsin Football: Former Badger Players Lead the Way on Coaching Staff

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 2 hours ago
It's no coincidence that the Wisconsin athletic department run by Barry Alvarez is full of Badgers.   From his deputy athletic director to fundraisers to the directors of development and student-athlete engagement, Alvarez has hired a lengthy list of alums to help spread, as he puts it, "the same message from a lot of different voices."   Get full team previews,...

Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2018

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Throughout the course of any college football season, every team will have certain players they will rely on to get the job done. This is certainly the case in the Big Ten. But if a team is truly going to make something special happen, it will be the not-so-predictable players that will rise to the occasion in a time of need. Consider these the wild card players.   Whether it's a...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receivers for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 1 day ago
The wide receiver position was hit hard by departures following the 2017 college football season, but there’s still plenty of talent on campus for ’18. Ole Miss’ A.J. Brown, Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry and West Virginia’s David Sills lead the way in Athlon’s receiver rankings, with South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, Georgia State’s Penny Hart...

College Football's Top 15 Tight Ends for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
College football’s 2018 season features a talented group of tight ends, headlined by Iowa’s Noah Fant and Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam. Fant and Okwuegbunam each caught 11 touchdown grabs last fall and take the top two spots in Athlon’s tight end rankings for the upcoming season. Stanford’s Kaden Smith, UCLA’s Caleb Wilson and Boston College’s Tommy...

Nebraska Football: Scott Frost Comes Home to Return Program to its Former Glory

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 5 days ago
When Howard Schnellenberger took over as head coach at Louisville in 1985, he used to speak to recruits in his office while idly spinning around his finger the 1983 national championship ring he won at Miami. Every now and then, it would just happen to pop off, giving Schnellenberger the chance to growl at a recruit, "Would you like to try it on?"   Schnellenberger used to boast...

Wisconsin Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 2 hours ago
Wisconsin has become a consistent threat in the Big Ten under Paul Chryst over the last three years. Although Wisconsin has played in two Big Ten Championship Games in the last three years, the Badgers are still looking to win their first conference title since 2012, when a seven-win team took advantage of a division with two teams forced to sit out of postseason play.   Wisconsin came...

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. However, as Athlon Sports has done for each of the last seven seasons leading up to the start of the upcoming year, we set out to sort out every FBS head coach from No. 1 to the bottom.   And as expected, for the seventh straight year, Alabama's Nick Saban takes the top spot. Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Clemson...

Breaking Down Nebraska's Scott Frost vs. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Athlon Sports recently unveiled its Big Ten coach rankings for the 2018 college football season. Nebraska's Scott Frost, the newest head coach in the conference, came in seventh, one spot ahead of Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, the Big Ten's (and FBS') most senior leader. Not surprisingly, this has a number of people crying foul on both sides and from national perspectives....

Illinois Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By Gabe Salgado, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Rebuilding in any sport at any level is a difficult task to say the least. And for the Illinois Fighting Illini football program, this rebuild seems more painful than others. Especially since Lovie Smith has only managed a 5-19 record despite his coaching credentials.   But heading into his third season as head coach, things are looking brighter as the program is making progress in...

College Football Top 130 Team Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football teams for 2018 is no easy task, but it's never too early to think about the upcoming season. Alabama and Clemson have met for three consecutive years in the College Football Playoff and a fourth matchup seems to be in order this fall. These two teams seem to be a step above the rest of the nation, with Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Washington, Miami,...