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Top 25 College Football Head Coaches on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 3 weeks ago
Whether it’s a player, team or coach, the next big thing is always on the minds of fans for all 128 college football programs. Regardless of the job or program, coaches are always under the microscope and under to pressure to win – and win immediately. With the heavy scrutiny and pressure to win right away, it’s no surprise college football’s coaching carousel never stops...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

By Athlon Sports, 9 months 4 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches in the Big Ten to...

Podcast: Official 2016 Big Ten Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 9 months 4 weeks ago
Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox are back previewing the Power 5. Today, we dive deep into Big Ten country.   - First, the nine-game conference schedule? What are the advantages and disadvantages and do we like it? Who is it good for? Who does it hurt?   - The Big Ten West's repuation is on the line this fall. Right?   - Wisconsin has a lot of unknowns and one of...

Big Ten 2016 Preseason Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 20 hours ago
Uncertainty is the best way to describe the Big Ten and its group of quarterbacks for 2016. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Iowa’s C.J. Beathard are the league’s best returning signal-callers, but the question marks begin after No. 2. Will Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong cut down on his interceptions in 2016? Or will Minnesota’s Mitch Leidner or Illinois’ Wes Lunt...

Podcast: Playoff Breakdown feat. Eli Gold, Robert Smith, Bud Elliott, David Hood

By Braden Gall, 10 months 1 day ago
We called in some reinforcements to break down our picks to make the College Football Playoff in 2016: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Clemson.   Alabama play-by-play great and author Eli Gold joins the Cover 2 to analyze the Alabama Crimson Tide. Could this team throw the ball more? Who will start at QB? What should fans make of the coaching changes? His updated book, Crimson...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 10 months 5 days ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college football season the fruit of that labor.   Opening week is loaded with blockbuster games and the state of Texas alone may play host to the biggest...

Heisman Watch: The Big Ten’s Top Heisman Candidates for 2016

By Kevin McGuire, 10 months 6 days ago
The Big Ten has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith posed with the stiff-armed trophy in 2006. It is the longest Heisman drought for the Big Ten since Archie Griffin’s second Heisman Trophy in 1975 and Michigan’s Desmond Howard in ‘91. Could it be a Buckeye that snaps the Heisman-less streak this season?   In what is already heralded...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 6 days ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor...

Why Michigan State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 10 months 1 week ago
Michigan State enters the 2016 season in a place it hasn’t been very often in recent years – under the radar. The continuous mass exodus of talent in East Lansing – culminating in Connor Cook’s graduation – seems to have finally dropped the Spartans down a few notches in the eyes of experts and fans around the country.   Related: Michigan State Spartans 2016...

5 Critical Position Groups to Watch in the Big Ten West in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 10 months 1 week ago
The balance of power in college football and the strength of divisions is always cyclical. The Big Ten West is on the wrong side of the cycle in 2016, as Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern enter the year with key question marks and projected to finish outside of the top 25 by most preseason prognosticators. Iowa is the heavy favorite in the Big Ten West this fall, but the Hawkeyes have a few...
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