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Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The Big Ten is not a conference lacking in potential star power this season with a handful of Heisman Trophy contenders and potential All-Americans on both sides of the football, but every team needs a wild card (or two) to rely on at some point. Wild card players can come out of nowhere to play a key role in a team's season, either as a change-of-pace option to get out of a rut in one area...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...

14 Big Ten Stats You Need to Know for 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 6 days ago
The start of the 2017 college football season is just around the corner. What better way to get you ready for another fall of gridiron action than to give you some stats to chew on.   Here's a nice serving of some key numbers to pay attention to in 2017 from around the Big Ten.   19.7: Points per game scored by Illinois in 2016 Illinois did not hire Lovie Smith to be the head...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle. While no hire can be judged accurately prior to the first game or even after the completion of a full season, this year’s cycle didn...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (50-31)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (30-11)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

College Football's Top 50 Innovations (10-1)

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would even recognize the sport that inspired him to launch a company. In honor of our golden anniversary, here are the 50 most impactful changes, innovations...

The Most Important Player on Every Big Ten Team in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Every team has that one guy who needs to show up every week and get his job done at the highest level in order for his team to have success. Sometimes that player is simply the most talented one on the team, i.e. the quarterback. Other times, the most important player is one who simply plays a key role in the game plan and scheme from week to week. It's that guy who your team simply can'...

Ranking All 130 College Football Head Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.   When evaluating and ranking all 130 coaches, we established a simple criteria: Everything is considered when ranking head coaches. This is not...

How Kevin Wilson Can Fix Ohio State's Offense in 2017

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 23 hours ago
Ohio State’s 2014 national championship under Urban Meyer was defined by two breakthrough games for the Buckeyes offense. The first was their regular-season takedown of fellow Big Ten contender Michigan State on the Spartans’ own turf. That victory was spearheaded by young quarterback J.T. Barrett, who threw for 300 yards on 26 attempts (11.5 yards per attempt), thoroughly wrecking...