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Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The battle for conference supremacy is an ongoing race to catch the SEC, but the Big Ten has made considerable progress in recent years to close the gap. Thanks to outstanding coaching hires, Ohio State (Urban Meyer), Penn State (James Franklin), Michigan (Jim Harbaugh) and Wisconsin (Paul Chryst), all four teams finished inside of the top 10 in the CFB Playoff poll. All four programs will begin...

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The NFL Draft’s early entry deadline officially passed on Monday evening and over 90 players declared for the next level. The official list of players leaving for the NFL will be released on Friday. While the official list isn't out yet, it's no secret which players have already announced their intentions for the next level and which teams will be filling the most voids this...

Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Clemson will enter the 2017 season as college football's reigning national champion, but it’s the Tigers’ division rival, Florida State, along with — dare we say — Clemson’s national title game rival, Alabama, who have the game to watch in 2017. And fortunately for us all, we won’t have to wait all that long to see this potential No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup...

College Football's Top 10 Early Projected Breakout Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The definition of a breakout player in college football varies from each analyst or fanbase, but one thing is certain when looking ahead at the next season and the players returning. Regardless of the position, breakout players will have a huge role in shaping the national championship and playoff picture. Which quarterback could be the next Lamar Jackson or Sam Darnold? Or which...

College Football's Top 15 Teams on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2016 season officially ended on Monday night in Tampa, Fla. with Clemson's last-second win over Alabama. While the Tigers are still celebrating and the party in Death Valley isn't going to end anytime soon, it's never too early to peek ahead at 2017 and examine some of the teams that could take a step forward in the win column or move a little higher in the...

College Football's 2016-17 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

By Kyle Kensing, 3 months 2 weeks ago
College football's 2016-17 farewell tour spanned 41 games, 23 days and approximately 143 hours — and that last figure is just the length of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.   Sure, bowl season has swelled to ridiculous proportions in recent years. But in the larger-than-life world of 21st century college football, nothing exceeds like excess.  ...

35 Amazing College Football Stats from the 2016-17 Bowl Season

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every week during the regular season, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game. The same can be said after bowl games. While postseason matchups are just one game...

College Football's Most Improved Teams from 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The 2016 college football season concluded on Monday night in Tampa, Fla., as Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 to take home the program’s first title since 1981. While the party in Death Valley won’t end anytime soon, plenty of other programs had seasons to remember in 2016.   With every game officially in the books, it’s time to take a look back at last year’s...

College Football's 2016-17 All-Bowl Team

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s 2016-17 bowl season is officially over. Monday night's championship game featured a thriller between Alabama and Clemson, as the Tigers scored in the final seconds to knock off the Crimson Tide from the top spot. In addition to the national championship, the Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State and the Orange Bowl matchup with Florida State and Michigan were...

P.J. Fleck's Presence Adds a New Degree of Difficulty to the Already Competitive Big Ten West

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 3 weeks ago
P.J. Fleck is rowing his boat to the Twin Cities.   Minnesota has plucked the Western Michigan coach — one of the hottest young names in college football — from the cozy confines of the MAC and inserted him into the wild and underrated Big Ten West.   For the Gophers and the Big Ten Conference in general, this is a great move. It's yet another splash in terms of...