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Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 day ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

How the Big Ten is Closing the Gap on the SEC for Conference Supremacy

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 4 days ago
Ohio State is still Ohio State. Even after a 31-point decimation at the hands of eventual national champion Clemson, the Buckeyes are still the class of the Big Ten. But maybe they’re no longer alone: After all, Penn State beat OSU and captured the conference championship plus a Rose Bowl berth last season. And since the Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014,...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 5 days ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

Big Ten's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The Big Ten’s offseason coordinator carousel was in full effect for 2017, as nine of the 14 teams experienced some change in the offensive or defensive coordinator position. The offseason’s biggest and most impactful change took place at Ohio State, as Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day were hired as co-coordinators following the CFB Playoff loss to Clemson. Wilson and Day have plenty of...

Joe Moorhead's Arrival Sparked Penn State's Offense and Propelled Him Up the Coaching Food Chain

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
Decades before the 2017 Rose Bowl proved that he had made the right choice, Joe Moorhead had a career decision to make: The former Fordham quarterback could keep chasing auditions for football leagues in Europe as a player, or he could start work on his coaching career — or he could become a sportswriter.   For a very brief moment, the architect of Penn State’s Rose Bowl...

College Football 2017 Conference Power Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s easy to see the SEC reclaiming the No. 1 spot. Alabama is the favorite to win it all, Auburn is a...

Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 1 week 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...

14 Big Ten Stats You Need to Know for 2017

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