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Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Penn State’s Trace McSorley lead the way in the Big Ten quarterback rankings for 2017. Barrett should benefit from the arrival of play-caller Kevin Wilson, while McSorley will continue to develop under the watchful eye of second-year coordinator Joe Moorhead. While the top two in the conference is clear, the rest of the Big Ten quarterback rankings are a...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 1 day ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches in the Big Ten to...

Top 10 Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The Big Ten has plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about the upcoming 2017 college football season, but it is once again faced with having to look for some redemption following a poor showing in its bowl games. And the Big Ten will see plenty of challenges in the month of September with a handful of good non-conference matchups.   This year the Big Ten will take on the defending Big 12...

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 12 hours ago
College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to Texas to take over the defensive signals in Austin. LSU hopes Matt Canada can jumpstart its offense, and Oregon hired Jim Leavitt from Colorado to...

Why Does "The Fade" Have a Prominent Place in College Football?

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 13 hours ago
Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone. It lands two yards out of bounds, safely out of reach of the nearest offensive and defensive players. You fill with rage. You scream obscenities at...

Ranking the Big Ten Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The Big Ten returns six 1,000-yard rushers from 2016, including a Heisman Trophy candidate in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, along with Northwestern’s Justin Jackson and Ohio State’s Mike Weber. Jackson has recorded three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, while Weber posted 1,096 in his first year of action with the Buckeyes. Minnesota’s Rodney Smith quietly rushed for 1,158...

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 6 days ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Proposed Big Ten vs. SEC College Football Challenge

By John La Fleur, 4 weeks 12 hours ago
Unfortunately for college football fans, teams from the Big Ten and SEC rarely face each other more than once in the regular season. Why should we have to wait until late December and early January to see these two conferences clash in bowl games?   In an effort to spice up the non-conference slates of both leagues, I propose the following matchups. As a bonus, I have suggested a slogan...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the Big Ten

By Matt Josephs, 1 month 11 hours ago
It was a good regular season in 2016 for the Big Ten, but the conference came up short in its three biggest bowl games. Ohio State proved to be no match for Clemson in the College Football Playoff while Penn State (Rose Bowl) and Michigan (Orange Bowl) lost close matchups.   Looking ahead to this season, the Wolverines lost a ton of players, but you can never count out a Jim Harbaugh-...