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College Football's Top 50 Linebacker Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme utilizes a 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5 or nickel package, linebackers are a critical component to any defense. How should a team with four starters at linebacker...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Lines for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary, the success of any defense starts up front. Generating a pass rush and stopping the run are two staples of any defensive scheme. The 2017 season...

Predicting the Big Ten's Biggest Upsets in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 2 weeks 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, 1 month 2 weeks 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, 1 month 2 weeks 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, 1 month 2 weeks 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?...

Ohio State Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Chip Minnich, 1 month 2 weeks ago
So before the focus shifts on the 2017 Ohio State Buckeyes, let’s take a quick inventory. First, three out of the four starters in the secondary need to be replaced. Three players, who combined for 133 receptions and 19 touchdowns in 2016, are no longer on the roster either. One of those players, Curtis Samuel, also was a dynamic running threat who accounted for nearly 800 yards on the...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 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, 1 month 3 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...

Why Ohio State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2017

By Chip Minnich, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Ohio State enters the 2017 college football season, coming off a 31-0 loss to Clemson that would have most coaches and fan bases wondering about the direction of the program. At Big Ten Media Days on July 24, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer stated that the loss to Clemson was behind the minds of the coaches and players, stating "that ship has sailed."   With the return of J.T....