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Wisconsin Football Game-by-Game Predictions For 2017

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 3 weeks 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 months 3 weeks 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 months 3 weeks 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 months 3 weeks 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 months 3 weeks 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...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle. While no hire can be judged accurately prior to the first game or even after the completion of a full season, this year’s cycle didn...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (30-11)

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (10-1)

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

The Most Important Player on Every Big Ten Team in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Every team has that one guy who needs to show up every week and get his job done at the highest level in order for his team to have success. Sometimes that player is simply the most talented one on the team, i.e. the quarterback. Other times, the most important player is one who simply plays a key role in the game plan and scheme from week to week. It's that guy who your team simply can'...
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