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Heisman Watch: Ranking the Big Ten's Top Candidates for 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 6 days ago
The Pac-12 may have a national championship drought dragging on, but the Big Ten is still in the midst of its longest Heisman Trophy drought since a span from Archie Griffin's second Heisman in 1975 to Desmond Howard's win in 1991. The last player from the Big Ten to win the Heisman Trophy was Ohio State’s Troy Smith in 2006. Could 2017 be the year that sees this drought end?...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 13 hours ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Ranking the Big Ten's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 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...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has talked about strength of schedule playing an important role in their final rankings and teams are really paying attention on that front judging by the burgeoning number of terrific non-conference matchups. Last season brought us one of the greatest slates ever across the country and 2017 isn’t much different with numerous blockbuster...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days 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...

Michigan Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Mike Bainbridge, 3 weeks 13 hours ago
Back-to-back 10-3 seasons are normally a cause to celebrate at most schools in the country… not Michigan.   Last season was setting up to be a special campaign until two late losses to Iowa and Ohio State effectively eliminated the Wolverines from a possible appearance in both the Big Ten Championship Game and College Football Playoff. A crushing defeat in the Orange Bowl to...

Top 10 Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 3 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 5 days 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 5 days 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...

Why Michigan Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2017

By Mike Bainbridge, 1 month 1 day ago
Optimism was brimming this time last year for fans of the Michigan Wolverines as they saw a returning roster chock full of upperclassmen ready to finally break through and make it not only to Indianapolis for the first time, but also to the College Football Playoff. Those dreams were dashed though in November with two late-season road losses to Iowa and Ohio State, effectively eliminating...