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College Football's Pre-Spring 1-128 Team Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The 2016 college football season officially begins on Aug. 27 with California taking on Hawaii in Australia. While kickoff for 2016 is a ways off, it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and a preview for the upcoming year. With spring practice underway, teams are starting to put the pieces in place for 2016 and answer some of the question marks surrounding the...

Maryland Terrapins 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Antwan Staley, 1 year 2 months ago
A new era of Maryland Terrapins football is set to begin as D.J. Durkin will have his first spring practice as head coach of the team. Durkin will place Randy Edsall, who was 22-34 overall and 0-12 against ranked opponents in his three-plus seasons at College Park. Mike Locksley replaced Edsall at the midway point of last season, but Maryland still finished 3-9. Durkin, who was Michigan...

Lovie Smith was an Easy Choice for Illinois After a Tough Decision

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 2 months ago
The college football world was stunned over the weekend when Illinois head football coach Bill Cubit was unexpectedly and inexplicably fired on the first day of new athletic director John Whitman's tenure. Nobody quite understood why, without cause for disciplinary action, a college football coach would be fired on what was essentially the eve of the start of spring practice. A couple...

Ohio State Buckeyes 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Chip Minnich, 1 year 2 months ago
Two seasons removed from winning the national championship, the Ohio State Buckeyes enter spring football practice with a completely reshuffled and revamped roster. Players such as Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker and Joshua Perry have all departed the program, preparing themselves for potentially lucrative NFL careers.   Entering the 2016 season, more than half of head coach...

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2016 Spring Practice Positional Preview: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 year 2 months ago
When looking back on a 6-7 season, it’s likely an exercise in futility to find an entire unit to be proud of. This isn’t the case for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. There were quite a few wide receivers and tight ends running routes and fighting their best to get — and stay — open for their quarterbacks. Fortunately, for the most part, the Big Red’s best bunch is...

Indiana Hoosiers 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Jake Rose, 1 year 2 months ago
Last season was a pivotal one for Indiana football and head coach Kevin Wilson. Wilson was entering his fifth season in Bloomington and had yet to put together a winning season or appeare in a bowl game since arriving in 2011. The Hoosiers have still yet to put together a winning season under Wilson, but they have improved slowly through the years — and that is how athletic director...

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
Nebraska opens its second spring practice under coach Mike Riley hoping to build off the momentum from a 37-29 victory over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. The Cornhuskers finished 6-7 in Riley’s first year, but six of the seven defeats came by eight points or less. Even with the departure of a couple of key players, there is reason for optimism in Lincoln. The Big Ten West is more...

Minnesota Golden Gophers 2016 Spring Football Preview

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 2 months ago
The Tracy Claeys era in Minnesota is about to officially begin. His predecessor, Jerry Kill, succeeded in turning Gopher football into a viable and competitive program. Coming off of a disappointing 2015 season, there is some work to be done on Claeys' part to get the Gophers back to where we though they were headed last fall. There are some key pieces in place, which along with a bowl...

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2016 Spring Practice Positional Preview: Defensive Line

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 year 2 months ago
When studying the 2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers' deficiencies, there’s one place you won’t find many. That would be at defensive line. NFL talent, high-motor intensity and a rising star helped the Blackshirts have one bright spot. 2015 SummaryWhile Nebraska’s pass defense was absolutely abhorrent, it was very tough to bust through the Blackshirts on the ground, as the Big...

Big Ten's Pre-Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 months ago
The Big Ten enters 2016 with momentum on its side. Ohio State is just a year removed from a national championship, and even with several new faces on both sides of the ball, the Buckeyes will be a factor in the College Football Playoff picture next fall. Additionally, Michigan capped a solid first season under coach Jim Harbaugh with an outstanding recruiting class. Needless to say, the arrow on...
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