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Penn State Football: 2018 Nittany Lions Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 3 days 1 hour ago
Saquon Barkley is now in the NFL, but there is still plenty of talent left in Penn State's cupboard. James Franklin has consistently recruited well since coming to Happy Valley, and that work should pay off this fall. The Nittany Lions’ offense will remain a dangerous threat even with a new running back and offensive coordinator thanks to steady presence and production of...

Big Ten Football 2018 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 59 min ago
Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State are considered the favorites to contend for the Big Ten title in 2018, so it’s no surprise all five teams lead the way for most selections on Athlon’s 2018 All-Big Ten Team. The Wolverines have 14 all-conference picks, with Wisconsin and Ohio State tied for second at 12. Michigan State is next with 11, followed by Penn...

College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 49 min ago
The 2018 college football season is less than 100 days away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture, but a familiar program tops Athlon's rankings. Alabama is the projected national champion, with Clemson at No. 2, followed by...

Realistic Expectations for Nebraska Football in Scott Frost's First Year

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 week 2 days ago
Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost has experienced an amazing amount of stress in the past year. He was the hottest college football coaching hire on the planet, a brand-new dad and a recruiter racking up frequent flier miles during a transition class. Depending on who you talk to, he’s the savior of the Big Red’s football program as we all know it, but it’s time to take...

Ohio State's 5 Best NFL Draft Picks in the Urban Meyer Era

By Chip Minnich, 1 week 2 days ago
Congratulations to the seven Ohio State Buckeyes who were recently selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. Urban Meyer was named Ohio State's head coach on Nov. 28, 2011. From the end of the 2012 season, through and including the 2017 campaign, Meyer's Buckeyes teams have produced 40 draft picks, which is quite an accomplishment.   While all 40 former Ohio State...

10 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
College football's 2018 season is still a few months away, but the debate about preseason predictions and rankings will start to heat up even more over the next few weeks. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2018 Athlon Sports College Football...

Ranking the Big Ten's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2018

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 3 days ago
Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost. Now, you are getting thrown right into the fire of the Big Ten with what may be the most difficult schedule any team in the conference faces this upcoming college football season.   Frost is bringing plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of Nebraska football, but he will have his work cut out for him this season,...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Michigan State Football's Schedule

By Kevin McGuire, 1 week 4 days ago
After a rare down season for Michigan State in 2016, Mark Dantonio and his Spartans put the Big Ten on notice last fall with a return to contention. With wins over Michigan and Penn State, the Spartans reminded everyone watching they were not to be dismissed. Ohio State felt otherwise, but the 2017 season was a return to the norm in East Lansing.   So what does 2018 hold in store for...

Big Ten's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2018

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 5 days ago
If you want to win big in college football, it’s no secret that you’re going to need some quality play out of the most important position on the field — quarterback. If there’s any doubt about it, just look up recent Heisman Trophy winners and note how tilted the list is toward the position.   Though the conference has had some up and down years under center, the...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Nebraska Football's Schedule

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 week 5 days ago
It’s been well-documented that the Nebraska football team has been dealt one of the most difficult schedules of any team in 2018. However, the reasoning for that statement goes well beyond the teams and where games will be played.   Let’s take a deeper look at the challenges that face Scott Frost and his first roster of Cornhuskers as he prepares to sweep away the fog that has...