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Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has talked about strength of schedule playing an important role in their final rankings and teams are really paying attention on that front judging by the burgeoning number of terrific non-conference matchups. Last season brought us one of the greatest slates ever across the country and 2017 isn’t much different with numerous blockbuster...

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 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...

Looking Back At Ohio State's 2014 Recruiting Class (Part Three)

By Chip Minnich, 1 month 4 weeks ago
In February 2014, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his staff signed a group of 23 players that was ranked third by 247Sports.com, behind only Alabama and LSU. Of those 23 players signed, only five left the program due to transfer, injury, or retirement.   Of the remaining 18, six have contributed to the program in some shape or form. That leaves 12 members of the class who...

Top 10 Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 4 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...

Looking Back At Ohio State's 2014 Recruiting Class (Part Two)

By Chip Minnich, 2 months 21 hours ago
In Feb. 2014, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his staff were able to sign a class of 23 players. Of those 23, only five left the program due to transfer, injury, or retirement. The other 18 players have either emerged as starters or contributed to the team in some way.   Part one of this series dealt with the departures from the program. Part two will focus on the players...

Looking Back At Ohio State's 2014 Recruiting Class (Part One)

By Chip Minnich, 2 months 1 day ago
On Feb. 5, 2014, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expressed some disappointment that the Buckeyes did not sign the nation's top-ranked recruiting class. Ranked third in the country by 247Sports.com behind Alabama and LSU, Ohio State signed 23 players from across the country, the majority from the Buckeye State. At the time, Meyer said, “There is a correlation between how teams do...

College Football's Top 30 Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day 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 1 day 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...

Ranking the Big Ten Running Back Tandems for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
The Big Ten returns six 1,000-yard rushers from 2016, including a Heisman Trophy candidate in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, along with Northwestern’s Justin Jackson and Ohio State’s Mike Weber. Jackson has recorded three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, while Weber posted 1,096 in his first year of action with the Buckeyes. Minnesota’s Rodney Smith quietly rushed for 1,158...

How the WakeyLeaks Incident Increased Rampant Paranoia Among College Football Coaches

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 6 days ago
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid.   That is no small achievement.   “You don’t have nearly enough time [to talk] about why college football coaches are so paranoid...