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Big Ten Football: Best Games of 2019

By Kyle Kensing, 4 days 10 hours ago
Big Ten football provided plenty of excitement in 2019, from the culmination of one of the greatest careers ever in Jonathan Taylor; to Ryan Day taking over at Ohio State; and the stunning emergence of Minnesota.   This past campaign was special for the historic conference in a number of ways. The Big Ten also delivered on some of the most exciting games of the season.   10 Best...

5 Best NFL Players Who Chose to Retire Early

By Aaron Tallent, 1 week 11 hours ago
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly's decision to retire from the NFL at the age of 28 was surprising, but it is something we are seeing more of these days. Players leave the game early for a variety of reasons. Sadly, most, like Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck prior to the start of the 2019 season, are forced to do so because of injuries.   However, few choose to...

Big Ten Football: Observations from Bowl Season

By Gabe Salgado, 1 week 2 days ago
The Big Ten conference sent nine teams to college football's postseason, including the College Football Playoff, for the second straight season. Unfortunately, the results weren't the most desirable, as the conference posted a losing bowl game record for the first time since the 2016 campaign.   The Big Ten went 4-5 this postseason, showing the nation a mixture of what the...

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Rankings for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago
It’s never too early to think about next season, so with college football’s 2019 season complete after LSU defeated Clemson in the national championship, Athlon Sports is here with its way-too-early top 25 preseason rankings for 2020. Clemson takes the top spot in the very early top 25, followed by Ohio State at No. 2. Alabama checks in at No. 3 as a slight favorite over LSU (No. 4)...

Ranking Every College Football National Champion Over the Last 50 Years

By Aaron Tallent, 1 week 3 days ago
Every college football team that won a national championship team was great, but I have attempted to rank every title-winning squad over the past 50 years by asking the following questions:   How strong was their schedule? What was their record? How dominant were their wins? Did they win their conference? Did they win their bowl game? How many elite players did they have?  ...

Seven-Step Drop: LSU's Historic Season Has Every Right to be Called the G.O.A.T.

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 3 days ago
NEW ORLEANS — As much as college football is a sport celebrated for the indelible moments it gives us in real-time from game to game of a long slog of a season, it is also a sport that celebrates its own history more than just about any other.   There are records and traditions set many moons ago that are held up for reverence at every turn while legends few ever saw live are...

D'Eriq King: 5 Potential Transfer Destinations for the Former Houston QB

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Houston quarterback D’Eriq King has decided to transfer for his senior season, becoming a sought-after signal-caller for the 2020 college football season. King passed for 50 touchdowns and 4,925 yards in four years with the Cougars and added 1,421 yards and 28 scores on the ground. After playing in four games under first-year coach Dana Holgorsen in 2019, King decided to redshirt and later...

Ranking College Football's National Champions Since 1998

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 3 days ago
As the final seconds of the 2019 college football season have ticked away and LSU celebrates a long-awaited return to the top, the debates over where this year's Tigers national championship stacks up against the others that came before it. Ed Orgeron, Joe Burrow, and company made a loud statement on their path to a national title with seven wins over top-10 teams that included snapping...

Early Big Ten Football Predictions for 2020

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
The Big Ten should have plenty of competitive races in both divisions in 2020, but it's no surprise Ohio State is the team projected as the very early favorite next fall. The Buckeyes are primed for another playoff run thanks to the return of quarterback Justin Fields and one of college football's top rosters. Penn State should be Ohio State's top competition in the East, with...

College Football's 2019 Postseason All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
With college football’s 2019 regular season in the books, it’s time to take a look back and honor the best of the best and top performers for the All-America team. Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, there were no shortage of clutch performances by players at every position. Heisman winner Joe Burrow was an easy selection as the first-team All-America...