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Ranking the Big Ten Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 hours 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, 1 week 6 hours 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, 1 week 1 day 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, 1 week 2 days 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 week 4 days 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, 1 week 4 days 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, 2 weeks 6 hours 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, 2 weeks 1 day 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, 2 weeks 3 days 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...