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Ranking the Big Ten’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

By Kevin McGuire, 3 weeks 6 days ago
The importance of the non-conference schedule supposedly has been increased in the College Football Playoff era, and the Big Ten has instituted a new scheduling policy to give the conference-wide strength of schedule a boost. This season sees a few notable matchups against programs like Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Oregon, Notre Dame and more to put the Big Ten in a national spotlight.  ...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. Last season, Louisville's Lamar Jackson emerged as a breakout...

Wisconsin Badgers 2017 Spring Football Preview

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 1 week ago
The Wisconsin Badgers exceeded the expectations of most college football fans and media members in 2016. Despite beginning the season as an afterthought, the Badgers became a mainstay at the top of the polls, riding their always dependable running game and a surprisingly dominant defense to a Big Ten West title.   As the 2017 spring football season gets rolling in Madison, there are a lot...

Big Ten 2017 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten closed the gap with the SEC last year in the race to be college football’s No. 1 conference, and the league is in great shape as spring ball opens for 2017. Ohio State and Penn State should be among the nation’s frontrunners to win it all next year, while Michigan and Wisconsin will also rank in many preseason top 10 lists. There’s depth in the league with the...

Ranking the Nation's Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all 130 teams and tournament time is approaching for teams on the hardwood. Michigan State tops the rankings with Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo as its...

10 Big Ten Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Just a few years ago, there were question marks about the Big Ten’s ability to churn out NFL talent in large numbers. That’s no longer the case however, as the league is sending an impressive 51 players to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine this year.   Leading the way is Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan squad, which has more players in Indianapolis this week (Feb. 28-March 6) than...

Ranking the Big Ten's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 16 hours ago
The Big Ten isn’t hurting for talent in its coaching ranks. The duo of Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio ranks as the best in the conference, but Ohio State (Urban Meyer and Thad Matta) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh and John Beilein) round out a strong top three. And the conference also features some up-and-coming duos, including Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State.   Each year, Athlon...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day 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...

Way Too Early Ranking of the Most Intriguing Big Ten Non-Conference Games of 2017

By J.P. Scott, 2 months 5 days ago
Sure, this may seem early, but some college football teams are already starting spring practice. Before you know it, we'll have our football Saturdays back and another journey to the College Football Playoff will have begun. For that reason, you need a primer for those early, non-conference games.   You're welcome.   Here are the 10 most intriguing non-conference games the...

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level. Great coaching, support staffs, state-of-...