Big Ten Articles

Chris Evans
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....
Kevin McGuire
1 month ago
The Wisconsin Badgers truly are the death and taxes of the college football world. Every year, we look at this team, chalk up their personnel losses, look at the schedule and underestimate them. The 2016 season was a textbook example of exactly...
J.P. Scott
1 month ago
Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
One would say that Michigan had quite the favorable schedule in 2016. Five consecutive home games to start the season, getting both Penn State and Wisconsin in the Big House, and only four true road games for the entire year.   Yet that good...
Mike Bainbridge
1 month ago
Mark Dantonio
In 2016, head coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans had far and away their worst season in his 10 years on campus, and one of the worst in the history of the program. They'll look to rebound in 2017, but that won't be an...
J.P. Scott
1 month ago
D.J. Moore
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...
Kevin McGuire
1 month ago
Tom Herman
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...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Boise State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Penn State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
ESPN College Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Rashan Gary
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...
J.P. Scott
1 month ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Football
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.  ...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Kevin Wilson, Ohio State Football
Ohio State’s 2014 national championship under Urban Meyer was defined by two breakthrough games for the Buckeyes offense. The first was their regular-season takedown of fellow Big Ten contender Michigan State on the Spartans’ own turf....
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Stanley Morgan Jr.
The Southpoint Sportsbook in Las Vegas has set the over/under for Nebraska at seven wins in 2017, which should be a relatively low bar to clear for a program as steeped in history and expectations as the Cornhuskers.   But Mike Riley enters...
Matt Fortuna
2 months ago
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
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...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
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...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Lovie Smith, Illinois Football
It was not a great debut for Illinois head coach Lovie Smith, as the Fighting Illini saw their win total drop from five in 2015 to just two while the offense and defense both took steps backwards. To add to the challenge facing Smith, he has a...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Janarion Grant, Rutgers Football
Rutgers won two games in head coach Chris Ash’s debut but lost 10 others by an average margin of nearly 31 points per contest. The Scarlet Knights went winless in Big Ten play, as they were shut out four times by division opponents. A...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Markell Jones, Purdue Football
There’s plenty of excitement around Purdue with Jeff Brohm taking over as head coach after Darrell Hazell’s disastrous tenure. Brohm has the quarterback and running game needed to make his high-powered offense work, but the offensive...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
From the way the 2016 college football season concluded for the Ohio State Buckeyes, with a 31-0 trouncing by the eventual national champion Clemson Tigers, one might think that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his team are entering the 2017...
Chip Minnich
2 months ago
Nick Westbrook, Indiana Football
Indiana went to a bowl game last season, but still made a coaching change, as defensive coordinator Tom Allen has replaced Kevin Wilson, who was fired, as head coach. Allen got the job in part for the Hoosiers’ significant improvement on...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Nick Saban
FCS football is fun and features plenty of talent. Games against FBS opponents can serve purposes, as they are oftentimes displays of in-state support and, of course, are big paydays that FCS programs need to survive.   But some games just...
Matt Fortuna
2 months ago
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Football
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...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Shannon Brooks, Minnesota Football
The P.J. Fleck era in Minnesota is ready to begin and while the future may look bright in Minneapolis, some growing pains should be expected this fall. After all, the Golden Gophers went 9-4 and won the Holiday Bowl last season. Fleck does inherit...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Akrum Wadley, Iowa Football
Iowa won eight games last season, but got blown out by Florida in the Outback Bowl and struggled in general to move the ball and put points on the scoreboard. Head coach Kirk Ferentz overhauled his coaching staff in the offseason, turning the...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago

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