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Predicting the Big Ten's Biggest Upsets in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 1 week ago
Every conference can claim to have a gauntlet to run through to emerge a conference champion, but this year may prove to be one of the most competitive seasons the Big Ten has seen in years. Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin will enter the 2017 season as some of the top favorites in the conference, but none of those teams will be able to navigate through the season without some competitive...

College Football's Top 50 Offensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line.   Which teams...

College Football's Top 50 Wide Receiver Groups for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The 2017 season features a significant amount of turnover at wide receiver, opening the door for new stars and breakout players to emerge this fall. However, despite some big names moving onto the NFL, there is a clear No. 1 receiver group returning this season. Oklahoma State is loaded with talent, including first-team All-American James Washington, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson and senior Marcell...

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

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 1 week 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 months 2 weeks 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 months 2 weeks 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...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 weeks 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...

Top 10 Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 months 3 weeks 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, 2 months 3 weeks 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, 2 months 3 weeks 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...