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Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 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 1 week 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...

Way Too Early Ranking of the Most Intriguing Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2017

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 1 week ago
Sure, this may seem early, but some college football teams are already starting spring practice. Before you know it, we'll have our football Saturdays back and another journey to the College Football Playoff will have begun. For that reason, you need a primer for those early, non-conference games.   You're welcome.   Here are the 10 most intriguing non-conference games the...

5 Newcomers for the Michigan Wolverines to Watch in 2017

By Mike Bainbridge, 3 months 1 week ago
For the second consecutive year, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff have brought in yet another top-5 recruiting class featuring a handful of signees that many are expecting to contribute the second they arrive in Ann Arbor.   One likely recruiting pitch coming from the staff was the amount of playing time potentially up for grabs as the Wolverines lost as many as 17 starters...

Illinois Fighting Illini 2017 Spring Football Preview

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 1 week ago
Year two of the Lovie Smith era at Illinois kicked off on Tuesday, as the Fighting Illini are the first FBS program in the country to begin spring practice.   Smith's first Champaign campaign did not go well, as his team finished 2016 with a 3-9 record. Illinois’ 2-7 Big Ten mark placed them second to last in the West Division, ahead of only Purdue.   Related: ...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level. Great coaching, support staffs, state-of-...

College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year....

Ranking the Big Ten's Football Rosters for 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Recruiting may be the lifeblood of a college football program, but developing the incoming talent and maxing out the potential of a roster is a big reason why some coaches thrive and others will fail. At Ohio State, Urban Meyer and his staff continue to excel in both categories, which is why Ohio State routinely has the most talented roster in the conference. That has shown to pay off in the...

5 Newcomers for the Ohio State Buckeyes to Watch In 2017

By Chip Minnich, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Despite concluding the 2016 college football season on a very disappointing note, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his restructured coaching staff were able to land one of the nation's best recruiting classes. Ever since being hired as Ohio State's head coach in November 2011, Meyer has been bringing in quality talent to Columbus. What has Ohio State's coaches and fans...

15 Junior College Transfers to Watch in the Big Ten for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The 14 teams in the Big Ten rarely recruit a hefty number of junior college prospects each season, but there are a handful of names joining the conference expected to make an impact in 2017. Ohio State lost three key members from its 2016 secondary, and former Alabama cornerback Kendall Sheffield should compete for a starting job after a year in the junior college ranks. Andrew Van Ginkel is...