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Michigan State Football: 2017 Spartans Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 1 week ago
Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong last season did for Michigan State, as the Spartans tumbled all the way to 3-9 and just a game ahead of winless Rutgers for last place in the Big Ten East. Spartan fans should expect a bounce back this fall, but not all the way back to when Michigan State was contending for conference titles and appearing in the College Football Playoff, With...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

Big Ten Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten features four teams - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State - inside of Athlon’s top 25 for 2017. These four teams return a good chunk of talent this year, with 14 Buckeyes earning a spot on Athlon’s All-Big Ten team, and the Nittany Lions and Badgers each garnering 12 selections. The Wolverines aren’t far behind with nine picks, but Iowa (10) and...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 4 weeks ago
College football’s best collection of head coaches resides in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer boasts three national championships in his career and takes the top spot in Athlon’s rankings. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Penn State’s James Franklin and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald round out an impressive top five. And the...

A Few Steps Forward, One Step Back: Analyzing Mark Dantonio's First 10 Years at Michigan State

By John La Fleur, 7 months 1 week ago
For all of the success that Michigan State has enjoyed during Mark Dantonio’s 10 years as head coach in East Lansing, the Spartans have endured maddening inconsistencies. Dantonio is 90-42 with a 53-28 record since coming over from Cincinnati in November 2006. He has led Michigan State to three Big Ten titles (2010, ’13, ’15) and three division titles, but there also have been...

Big Ten Football 2017 Returning Starters Analysis

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 1 week ago
Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on the numbers, the data is an interesting early look at how teams are shaping up for the upcoming season.   The Big Ten should have a couple of...

Top 25 Big Ten 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kevin McGuire, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Michigan set a school record with 11 players hearing their names called during the three-day 2017 NFL Draft. Ohio State was once again well represented in the draft as well, as Urban Meyer continues to pump out NFL-ready talent in Columbus. In all, 35 Big Ten players were among the 253 players selected.   But now, the page is quickly turning to the 2018 NFL Draft. It figures to be another...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 7 months 2 weeks ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

Ranking the Big Ten’s Toughest College Football Schedules in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 7 months 3 weeks ago
The 2016 Big Ten season may not have ended the way you would have expected. Who could have seen it coming, with Penn State getting blown out at Michigan and losing on the road in Pennsylvania for a second straight season (at Temple in 2015, at Pittsburgh in '16), and then stunning Ohio State with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown? The lesson learned in 2016 is every game means...