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The Most Important Player on Every Big Ten Team in 2017

By J.P. Scott, 4 months 4 weeks 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, 5 months 16 hours 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...

College Football 2017 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 6 days ago
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks. Louisville's Lamar Jackson is the reigning Heisman winner, and he's joined by Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker...

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 1 week ago
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive and compile a ranking of the top 50 players of the Athlon Sports era. This wasn’t easy. Our checklist contained more than 300...

Big Ten Football 2017 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
The Big Ten had a top-heavy 2016 season, as four teams finished inside of the top 10, Ohio State earned a CFB Playoff spot, and Penn State fell just short of reaching the top four after defeating Wisconsin in the conference title game. Fast forward to 2017 and not much has changed with the depth at the top of the league. Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin are Athlon’s projected...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams. While any FBS team...

Wisconsin Football: 2017 Badgers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 6 months 2 days ago
Wisconsin is the defending Big Ten West Division champion, but the Badgers’ customary running game will look different this fall with new primary ball carriers and left tackle. The hope is that quarterback Alex Hornibrook can take a step forward, and stay healthy. The defense will have a new coordinator and also must replace two standout linebackers. Still, the beat should go on for Paul...

Big Ten Football 2017 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 days ago
The Big Ten features four teams - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State - inside of Athlon’s top 25 for 2017. These four teams return a good chunk of talent this year, with 14 Buckeyes earning a spot on Athlon’s All-Big Ten team, and the Nittany Lions and Badgers each garnering 12 selections. The Wolverines aren’t far behind with nine picks, but Iowa (10) and...

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 6 months 1 week ago
College football’s best collection of head coaches resides in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer boasts three national championships in his career and takes the top spot in Athlon’s rankings. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Penn State’s James Franklin and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald round out an impressive top five. And the...

Big Ten’s Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 6 months 1 week ago
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.   That’s why the...