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Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2018

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 1 day ago
Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost. Now, you are getting thrown right into the fire of the Big Ten with what may be the most difficult schedule any team in the conference faces this upcoming college football season.   Frost is bringing plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of Nebraska football, but he will have his work cut out for him this season,...

Big Ten's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2018

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 3 days ago
If you want to win big in college football, it’s no secret that you’re going to need some quality play out of the most important position on the field — quarterback. If there’s any doubt about it, just look up recent Heisman Trophy winners and note how tilted the list is toward the position.   Though the conference has had some up and down years under center, the...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2018

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 11 hours ago
The Big Ten was left out of the College Football Playoff last season but redeemed itself in the postseason against other conferences. But if the Big Ten is going to ride that conference momentum, then it must thrive on non-conference play this fall.   Overall, the non-conference schedule for the Big Ten leaves a little something to be desired, but it is not without some challenges. But...

College Football Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
With spring practice completed for all 130 college football teams, it’s never too early to evaluate how every program looks at quarterback for the 2018 season. College football lost a handful of stars from last season, including USC’s Sam Darnold, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. However, the next group of stars is ready to emerge at the FBS level...

Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
With five teams likely to start in the top 15 of most preseason polls in 2018, the Big Ten won’t be short on intrigue this fall. Standout defenses are a big reason why the top of the Big Ten is deep this year, but the league also returns a handful of talented signal-callers to push the top contenders into CFB Playoff contention. Penn State’s Trace McSorley takes the top spot in...

Top 25 Big Ten 2019 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 3 days ago
If the theme for the 2019 NFL Draft is defensive linemen, then the Big Ten will be heavily involved in the draft fun. A handful of the top defensive linemen that will take the field in the Big Ten this fall, including Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Michigan’s Rashan Gary, may not have to wait too long to hear their names called during the NFL draft next spring.   Of course, the...

Early 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2018 NFL Draft is still fresh in everyone’s minds, but the work has already begun by pro scouts and analysts alike for the 2019 edition. In looking at Athlon Sports’ early top 50 prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, two things jump out right away – it’s heavy on defensive players and there are quite a few Clemson Tigers.   Clemson, which has been a College...

Iowa Hawkeyes 2018 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 1 week ago
After back-to-back seasons of going 8-5, could the Iowa Hawkeyes be due for a serious run at a Big Ten West Division crown? The 2018 season could throw Iowa a few advantages as long as Kirk Ferentz and his staff figure out how to replace some key players.   A favorable home schedule in division play (Wisconsin, Northwestern and Nebraska all come to Kinnick Stadium) and a cross-division...

5 Big Ten Players Facing a Make-or-Break Spring

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 2 months 3 days ago
Spring football practice has begun across Big Ten country, and that’s usually a welcome sign. It’s a time of clean slates, the opportunity to climb the depth chart and, in some cases, keep a scholarship. Today, we look at a handful of players across the conference that have one more shot to stake their claim to the title of “program contributor.”   Jalin...

Way-Too-Early College Football 130 Team Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 5 days ago
Spring practice is underway across the nation, as all 130 college football teams are getting the first look at how their roster and program are shaping up for the 2018 season. And with every program hitting the field for offseason workouts, it’s never too early to look at the year ahead and project where all 130 teams could rank when the official Athlon Sports magazine predictions are...