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College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 3 days 5 hours ago
The 2019 college football season officially begins on Saturday, Aug. 24, but it's never too early to start thinking about what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, two teams - Clemson and Alabama - are a step ahead of the rest of the college football world and are poised...

College Football 2019 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 3 hours ago
The 2019 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The SEC leads the way on the 2019 Athlon Sports' All-America Team with 26 overall selections, followed by the Big Ten with 21. Alabama has the most overall players selected (nine), with Clemson coming in second with eight players picked. ...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 6 days 4 hours ago
A handful of in-state rivalry games with non-conference opponents and a couple of games that could carry some weight in the College Football Playoff and New Year's Six bowl lineup highlight the Big Ten's non-conference matchups this season. Although this may be a relatively down year as far as non-conference spotlight opportunities go for the Big Ten, there are some good games to keep an...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 hours ago
The Big Ten boasts arguably the nation's best collection of coaches for the 2019 college football season. With Urban Meyer retired, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Penn State's James Franklin and Nebraska's Scott Frost take the top spots in the rankings. However, the next tier - led by Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz...

Illinois Football: 2019 Fighting Illini Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 days ago
There hasn't been a bowl bid for Illinois in five seasons. The last winning record came in 2011. The players have had enough.   "I'm sick of losing," says starting center Doug Kramer, who joined the team in 2016.   He looks forward to better days. To a time when Illinois is relevant in the Big Ten West. "What's happened in the past stays in the past,...

College Football Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2019 (Top 130)

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
With summer workouts underway and fall practice right aroud the corner for all 130 college football teams, it's never too early to evaluate how every program looks at quarterback for the 2019 season. The FBS level is loaded with talent at this position for the upcoming year, as Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence are neck-and-neck for the No. 1 spot...

Big Ten Football 2019 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The Big Ten tied the SEC for the most teams (seven) in Athlon’s projected top 25 teams, and 10 programs are projected to reach bowl eligibility in Athlon’s Big Ten predictions for 2019. While the teams – Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin – atop the Big Ten predictions are familiar, the upcoming season could bring change to which programs...

Illinois Football: 5 Players That Must Step Up on Defense in Bobby Roundtree's Absence

By Gabe Salgado, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The start of the 2019 college football season is still several months away but Illinois is already looking at the likelihood it will be without starting defensive end Bobby Roundtree. The rising junior recently suffered an unspecified spinal injury during a swimming accident near his home in Largo, Florida.   Please keep @BobbyRoundtr97 in your thoughts and prayers 🙏https://t.co/...

Big Ten Football 2019 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State are the projected top teams in the Big Ten this season by Athlon Sports, so it’s no surprise those three programs lead the way in all-conference selections. The Wolverines boast 15 picks on Athlon’s All-Big Ten team for 2019, followed by the Nittany Lions at 13 and the Buckeyes at 11. Michigan State and Iowa are next with nine selections.  ...

2019 Big Ten Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Quarterback play should be a strength in the Big Ten for the 2019 season. Michigan's Shea Patterson takes the top spot in Athlon's Big Ten quarterback rankings, but Ohio State's Justin Fields and Nebraska's Adrian Martinez aren't too far behind. Iowa's Nate Stanley and Michigan State's Brian Lewerke round out the next tier of options, with Northwestern's Hunter...