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How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 1 day ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

Big Ten's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
The Big Ten’s offseason coordinator carousel was in full effect for 2017, as nine of the 14 teams experienced some change in the offensive or defensive coordinator position. The offseason’s biggest and most impactful change took place at Ohio State, as Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day were hired as co-coordinators following the CFB Playoff loss to Clemson. Wilson and Day have plenty of...

Joe Moorhead's Arrival Sparked Penn State's Offense and Propelled Him Up the Coaching Food Chain

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 4 days ago
Decades before the 2017 Rose Bowl proved that he had made the right choice, Joe Moorhead had a career decision to make: The former Fordham quarterback could keep chasing auditions for football leagues in Europe as a player, or he could start work on his coaching career — or he could become a sportswriter.   For a very brief moment, the architect of Penn State’s Rose Bowl...

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

By Chip Minnich, 2 weeks 11 hours ago
Humiliated 31-0 by Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Eve, the Ohio State Buckeyes enter the 2017 college football season with redemption squarely as the goal. Despite the loss that ended the 2016 campaign, most college football fans would agree that head coach Urban Meyer has assembled a roster full of talented players that can once again be in discussion for...

Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 13 hours ago
The Big Ten is not a conference lacking in potential star power this season with a handful of Heisman Trophy contenders and potential All-Americans on both sides of the football, but every team needs a wild card (or two) to rely on at some point. Wild card players can come out of nowhere to play a key role in a team's season, either as a change-of-pace option to get out of a rut in one area...

Wisconsin Football Game-by-Game Predictions For 2017

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 1 day ago
The Wisconsin Badgers truly are the death and taxes of the college football world. Every year, we look at this team, chalk up their personnel losses, look at the schedule and underestimate them. The 2016 season was a textbook example of exactly that. We all looked at that gauntlet and decided that seven or eight wins should be considered a successful campaign. Then Wisconsin went out, won the...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Michigan’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Mike Bainbridge, 2 weeks 2 days ago
One would say that Michigan had quite the favorable schedule in 2016. Five consecutive home games to start the season, getting both Penn State and Wisconsin in the Big House, and only four true road games for the entire year.   Yet that good fortune to begin the season came back to haunt the Wolverines in November when their year was derailed with two losses in three weeks to Iowa and...

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

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 4 days ago
In 2016, head coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans had far and away their worst season in his 10 years on campus, and one of the worst in the history of the program. They'll look to rebound in 2017, but that won't be an easy task.   A tumultuous offseason combined with a schedule full of high-caliber opponents and tricky road games makes getting back to bowl...

14 Big Ten Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The start of the 2017 college football season is just around the corner. What better way to get you ready for another fall of gridiron action than to give you some stats to chew on.   Here's a nice serving of some key numbers to pay attention to in 2017 from around the Big Ten.   19.7: Points per game scored by Illinois in 2016 Illinois did not hire Lovie Smith to be the head...