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Big Ten Football 2017 Returning Starters Analysis

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on the numbers, the data is an interesting early look at how teams are shaping up for the upcoming season.   The Big Ten should have a couple of...

Top 25 Big Ten 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Michigan set a school record with 11 players hearing their names called during the three-day 2017 NFL Draft. Ohio State was once again well represented in the draft as well, as Urban Meyer continues to pump out NFL-ready talent in Columbus. In all, 35 Big Ten players were among the 253 players selected.   But now, the page is quickly turning to the 2018 NFL Draft. It figures to be another...

Early 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 3 weeks ago
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings. Darnold provided a spark for the Trojans last season and is a big reason why coach Clay Helton's team is a contender for the...

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

By Kevin McGuire, 4 months 12 hours ago
The 2016 Big Ten season may not have ended the way you would have expected. Who could have seen it coming, with Penn State getting blown out at Michigan and losing on the road in Pennsylvania for a second straight season (at Temple in 2015, at Pittsburgh in '16), and then stunning Ohio State with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown? The lesson learned in 2016 is every game means...

Wisconsin Badgers 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

By J.P. Scott, 4 months 5 days ago
When it comes to strength of schedule, you'd be hard-pressed to top the road the Wisconsin Badgers had to navigate in 2016. But in true Wisconsin fashion, all they did was win on the way to a Big Ten Championship Game appearance.   Related: Wisconsin Badgers 2017 Spring Football Preview   As for 2017, a couple of games against teams from the state of Utah along with what should...

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake...

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

By Kevin McGuire, 4 months 4 weeks 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, 5 months 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, 5 months 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...