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Ranking the Big Ten Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
The Big Ten returns six 1,000-yard rushers from 2016, including a Heisman Trophy candidate in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, along with Northwestern’s Justin Jackson and Ohio State’s Mike Weber. Jackson has recorded three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, while Weber posted 1,096 in his first year of action with the Buckeyes. Minnesota’s Rodney Smith quietly rushed for 1,158...

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 days ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 days ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Proposed Big Ten vs. SEC College Football Challenge

By John La Fleur, 2 months 5 days ago
Unfortunately for college football fans, teams from the Big Ten and SEC rarely face each other more than once in the regular season. Why should we have to wait until late December and early January to see these two conferences clash in bowl games?   In an effort to spice up the non-conference slates of both leagues, I propose the following matchups. As a bonus, I have suggested a slogan...

Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh Operates in a Different Realm

By Matt Fortuna, 2 months 5 days ago
Wilton Speight was speaking after Michigan’s first spring practice in March when he let the world in on the philosophy that shapes every aspect of the Wolverines football program, from the replaceable starting quarterback to the superstar CEO.   “I think any time you’re on a football team, basketball team, you can’t get complacent,” the UM quarterback told...

Iowa Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Robert A. Boleyn, 2 months 6 days ago
Wikipedia describes the well-known series of British children's books entitled Where's Waldo? as consisting of “illustrations depicting dozens or more people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location while onlookers are challenged to find a character named Wally hidden in the group.”   For Iowa football fans, the last few seasons in Iowa City have held...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the Big Ten

By Matt Josephs, 2 months 1 week ago
It was a good regular season in 2016 for the Big Ten, but the conference came up short in its three biggest bowl games. Ohio State proved to be no match for Clemson in the College Football Playoff while Penn State (Rose Bowl) and Michigan (Orange Bowl) lost close matchups.   Looking ahead to this season, the Wolverines lost a ton of players, but you can never count out a Jim Harbaugh-...

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

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 1 week ago
If you asked most experts, Wisconsin's 2016 football season wasn't supposed to end with 11 wins, a division title and a win in a New Year's Six bowl. But just like the Badgers have done for the better part of the last decade, the program defied all expectations and closed with another banner year.   Heading into 2017, Paul Chryst's club is once again expected to...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 1 week ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

How the Big Ten is Closing the Gap on the SEC for Conference Supremacy

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 1 week ago
Ohio State is still Ohio State. Even after a 31-point decimation at the hands of eventual national champion Clemson, the Buckeyes are still the class of the Big Ten. But maybe they’re no longer alone: After all, Penn State beat OSU and captured the conference championship plus a Rose Bowl berth last season. And since the Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014,...
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