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Big Ten 2017 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten closed the gap with the SEC last year in the race to be college football’s No. 1 conference, and the league is in great shape as spring ball opens for 2017. Ohio State and Penn State should be among the nation’s frontrunners to win it all next year, while Michigan and Wisconsin will also rank in many preseason top 10 lists. There’s depth in the league with the...

Purdue Boilermakers 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Matt Fortuna, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Purdue made what — on paper, at least — looks like one of the offseason’s better hires, as the Boilermakers landed Jeff Brohm from Western Kentucky.   Related: Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017   Brohm went 30-10 in his three years with the Hilltoppers, including a 22-5 mark — and 15-1 in Conference USA play — over the past two...

Ranking the Nation's Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all 130 teams and tournament time is approaching for teams on the hardwood. Michigan State tops the rankings with Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo as its...

10 Big Ten Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

By Bryan Fischer, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Just a few years ago, there were question marks about the Big Ten’s ability to churn out NFL talent in large numbers. That’s no longer the case however, as the league is sending an impressive 51 players to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine this year.   Leading the way is Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan squad, which has more players in Indianapolis this week (Feb. 28-March 6) than...

Michigan State Spartans 2017 Spring Football Preview

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 4 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season was nothing short of a nightmare for the Michigan State Spartans and their fans. A year removed from punching a ticket to the College Football Playoff, Mark Dantonio's Spartans won just three games all season – and only one game in conference.   Related: What Went Wrong for Michigan State in 2016 and How to Fix the Spartans   It was...

Kirk Ferentz Banking on New-Look Offense to Help Make Iowa a Big Ten Threat Once Again

By Robert A. Boleyn, 3 months 10 hours ago
As National Signing Day once again came to a close, the Iowa Hawkeyes’ Class of 2017 made a significant leap up the rankings when last-minute additions shook out, putting the Hawkeyes a solid 39th in an average of the top recruiting publications (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals, Scout). But with signing day now in the rear-view mirror, observers once again turn back to the nuts of bolts of...

Ranking the Big Ten's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 day ago
The Big Ten isn’t hurting for talent in its coaching ranks. The duo of Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio ranks as the best in the conference, but Ohio State (Urban Meyer and Thad Matta) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh and John Beilein) round out a strong top three. And the conference also features some up-and-coming duos, including Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State.   Each year, Athlon...

Northwestern Wildcats 2017 Spring Football Preview

By Matt Fortuna, 3 months 2 days ago
It may be hard to believe, but Pat Fitzgerald officially begins Year 12 in charge of Northwestern’s football program Tuesday, as the Wildcats commence spring practice. And when better to start camp than on Feb. 21, when Chicago-area temperatures are in the 60s? (Seriously.)   The Wildcats hope to carry some momentum from their Pinstripe Bowl upset over Pitt in December, which lifted...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 days 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...

5 Newcomers for the Penn State Nittany Lions to Watch in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 6 days ago
Coming off a strong second half to the 2016 season that saw Penn State roar its way to a Big Ten championship and play in one of the most exciting Rose Bowls we have seen, the expectations for the Nittany Lions in 2017 is as high as it’s been in some time. With a roster returning the likes of Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley, big things are expected from the Penn State offense, but the...