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25 Key Big Ten Players Returning From Injury in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Injuries are an unfortunate part of any college football season and usually take a toll on every FBS team by the end of the year. Several key players were hit by the injury bug in 2016, including a handful of big names from the Big Ten. Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy, Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs, Michigan offensive lineman Grant Newsome and Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek are...

What Went Wrong for Michigan State in 2016 and How to Fix the Spartans

By Matt Fortuna, 3 months 4 weeks ago
There are surprise teams every college football season, on both the good and the bad end of things. The 2016 season seemed particularly heavy on the bad end, with a number of highly-touted teams in the preseason — or teams that were coming off strong ‘15 campaigns — falling flat on their faces and missing out on bowl games.   We’ll be taking a look at some of...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 23 hours ago
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new coach doesn’t necessarily guarantee long-term success, but it’s...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the Big Ten in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 4 months 1 day ago
The 2016 college football season – for the most part – was a memorable one for the Big Ten. The conference had four teams in the national title picture all season long and inserted itself squarely into the conversation about the best football conference in the land.   Moving forward, the immediate future looks bright. The Penn State program looks like it has been resurrected....

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 days ago
The 2017 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players left for the NFL, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. That...

Early Look at the Top Heisman Trophy Contenders for 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 months 3 days ago
For better or worse, college football's Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in team sports, drawing hype and controversy from the beginning of the season till the end. Lamar Jackson won it last year, but that didn’t stop the annual “Heisman remorse” storyline from taking hold after runner-up Deshaun Watson tore through the postseason — despite...

10 College Football Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 months 3 days ago
In case you missed it: A number of high-profile college football stars declared early for the NFL Draft. Several even skipped their bowl games, which caused hysterics in some corners. In any event, it is now time for a new crop of talented reserves to step into the spotlight and fill some pretty big shoes for their respective programs.   Related: College Football's NFL Draft...

NFL Scouting Combine Watch: Noah Brown

By J.P. Scott, 4 months 6 days ago
Although it’s early in the evaluation process, it doesn’t look the 2017 NFL Draft will feature many wide receivers taken in the first round. That doesn’t mean there aren’t quality options available, however, as the position could end up as the one with the most selections that make an immediate impact as rookies.   Related: 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0   One of...

10 Big Ten Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 4 months 1 week ago
Sure, J.T. Barrett, Saquon Barkley and a cast of other familiar faces in the Big Ten are returning to their schools next season. But after a 2016 that saw the league finish with four teams in the final top 10 of both major polls, the Big Ten will have to retool a bit up top, as a number of stars declared early for the 2017 NFL Draft.   Related: College Football's NFL Draft...

Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
The battle for conference supremacy is an ongoing race to catch the SEC, but the Big Ten has made considerable progress in recent years to close the gap. Thanks to outstanding coaching hires, Ohio State (Urban Meyer), Penn State (James Franklin), Michigan (Jim Harbaugh) and Wisconsin (Paul Chryst), all four teams finished inside of the top 10 in the CFB Playoff poll. All four programs will begin...