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College Football Bowl Schedule for 2019-20

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 21 hours ago
College football's bowl schedule for 2019-20 is slated to start on Dec. 20 and continues until the NCAA national championship on Jan. 13 in New Orleans. This season's bowl slate once again includes 39 contests, plus the national title following the two CFB Playoff games (Fiesta and Peach). Due to a scheduling quirk, the two semifinal games will be played on Dec. 28. The Jan. 13 date...

When Does College Football Start in 2019?

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
College football’s 2019 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24 with two Week 0 matchups. Miami and Florida meet in Orlando, with Arizona and Hawaii set for a high-scoring affair in Honolulu later that night. The full Week 1 college football schedule of matchups is slated to begin on Thursday, Aug. 29. The opening Thursday of action features Utah at BYU, along with...

Northwestern Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on the Wildcats' Schedule

By Gabe Salgado, 3 weeks 6 days ago
The Northwestern Wildcats shocked the world in 2018. They posted a better-than-expected 9-5 overall record, won the Big Ten West Division title for the first time in history, played in their first-ever Big Ten Championship Game, and had a nationally televised audience at their disposal when they came from behind to defeat Utah in the Holiday Bowl on New Year's Eve. Their performance last...

2019 Preseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 2 hours ago
The 2019 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The SEC leads the way on the 2019 Athlon Sports' All-America Team with 26 overall selections, followed by the Big Ten with 21. Alabama has the most overall players selected (nine), with Clemson coming in second with eight players picked. ...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2019

By Kevin McGuire, 4 weeks 1 day ago
A handful of in-state rivalry games with non-conference opponents and a couple of games that could carry some weight in the College Football Playoff and New Year's Six bowl lineup highlight the Big Ten's non-conference matchups this season. Although this may be a relatively down year as far as non-conference spotlight opportunities go for the Big Ten, there are some good games to keep an...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 hours ago
The Big Ten boasts arguably the nation's best collection of coaches for the 2019 college football season. With Urban Meyer retired, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Penn State's James Franklin and Nebraska's Scott Frost take the top spots in the rankings. However, the next tier - led by Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz...

College Football Starting QB Rankings for 2019 (Top 130)

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
With summer workouts underway and fall practice right aroud the corner for all 130 college football teams, it's never too early to evaluate how every program looks at quarterback for the 2019 season. The FBS level is loaded with talent at this position for the upcoming year, as Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence are neck-and-neck for the No. 1 spot...

Big Ten Football 2019 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The Big Ten tied the SEC for the most teams (seven) in Athlon’s projected top 25 teams, and 10 programs are projected to reach bowl eligibility in Athlon’s Big Ten predictions for 2019. While the teams – Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin – atop the Big Ten predictions are familiar, the upcoming season could bring change to which programs...

Northwestern Football: 2019 Wildcats Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
In 1995, Pat Fitzgerald and his teammates fast-tracked Northwestern from historic futility to the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl. Although Fitzgerald has yet to coach his alma mater to either destination, the program looks more secure than ever: 36 wins since 2015, three consecutive bowl victories, its first division title last season and a facility that is the envy of college football...

Big Ten Football 2019 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State are the projected top teams in the Big Ten this season by Athlon Sports, so it’s no surprise those three programs lead the way in all-conference selections. The Wolverines boast 15 picks on Athlon’s All-Big Ten team for 2019, followed by the Nittany Lions at 13 and the Buckeyes at 11. Michigan State and Iowa are next with nine selections.  ...