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Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh Operates in a Different Realm

By Matt Fortuna, 3 months 6 days ago
Wilton Speight was speaking after Michigan’s first spring practice in March when he let the world in on the philosophy that shapes every aspect of the Wolverines football program, from the replaceable starting quarterback to the superstar CEO.   “I think any time you’re on a football team, basketball team, you can’t get complacent,” the UM quarterback told...

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

By Matt Josephs, 3 months 1 week 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-...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

How the Big Ten is Closing the Gap on the SEC for Conference Supremacy

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
Ohio State is still Ohio State. Even after a 31-point decimation at the hands of eventual national champion Clemson, the Buckeyes are still the class of the Big Ten. But maybe they’re no longer alone: After all, Penn State beat OSU and captured the conference championship plus a Rose Bowl berth last season. And since the Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014,...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

Big Ten's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten’s offseason coordinator carousel was in full effect for 2017, as nine of the 14 teams experienced some change in the offensive or defensive coordinator position. The offseason’s biggest and most impactful change took place at Ohio State, as Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day were hired as co-coordinators following the CFB Playoff loss to Clemson. Wilson and Day have plenty of...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...

Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten is not a conference lacking in potential star power this season with a handful of Heisman Trophy contenders and potential All-Americans on both sides of the football, but every team needs a wild card (or two) to rely on at some point. Wild card players can come out of nowhere to play a key role in a team's season, either as a change-of-pace option to get out of a rut in one area...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Michigan’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Mike Bainbridge, 3 months 2 weeks ago
One would say that Michigan had quite the favorable schedule in 2016. Five consecutive home games to start the season, getting both Penn State and Wisconsin in the Big House, and only four true road games for the entire year.   Yet that good fortune to begin the season came back to haunt the Wolverines in November when their year was derailed with two losses in three weeks to Iowa and...