1. Big Ten Breakdown: Michigan Wolverines, Part 2 (Defense and Specialists)

    In the first part of this series , I looked at Michigan's offense, as well as the overall team outlook. In this part, I'll look at the defense, as well as the measurable parts of the special teams...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 710 reads 3 comments

  2. Big Ten Breakdown: Iowa Hawkeyes, Part 1 (Overview and Offense)

    Team Overview When one looks at the tangible evidence, it is difficult to have much confidence in the 2011 Hawkeyes...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 1,311 reads 0 comments

  3. Big Ten Breakdown: Michigan Wolverines, Part 1 (Overview and Offense)

    Team Overview It's been an interesting five or so years for the Wolverines. Five years ago, in 2006, Michigan had arguably the best squad it's had since the 1997 national championship team...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 1,127 reads 20 comments

  4. Dominic Alvis: Next in Line of "High Motor" Iowa Hawkeye Defensive Tackles

    On July 28, the Hawkeyes released their pre-camp depth chart . Most of what is on the two-deep was expected, and besides, there will be a lot of shuffling between now and September 3, when Iowa opens its season against Tennessee Tech...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 875 reads 0 comments

  5. Big Ten Breakdown: Penn State Nittany Lions, Part 3 (Schedule & Final Breakdown)

    In the past two articles, I looked at the offense, defense, specialists and the team as a whole. In this article, I will look at the incoming freshmen, intangibles, and schedule, ...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 483 reads 0 comments

  6. Big Ten Breakdown: Penn State Nittany Lions, Part 2 (Defense and Specialists)

    In the first part of this series , I looked at Penn State's offense, as well as the overall team outlook. In this part, I'll look at the defense, as well as the measurable parts of the special teams...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 717 reads 2 comments

  7. Big Ten Breakdown: Penn State Nittany Lions, Part 1 (Overview and Offense)

    Team Overview 2011 will be Joe Paterno's 46th year as head coach of Penn State. In that time, he has compiled 401 wins and 39 winning seasons. However, four of his six losing seasons have come within the last 11 years...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 1,646 reads 2 comments

  8. College Football's 10 Most-Improved Teams in 2011

    The ebb and flow of college football demands that some teams improve substantially, while other teams fall from grace. That is the nature of a sport in which every player has a four year shelf life...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 5,465 reads 52 comments

  9. Iowa Hawkeyes Football: 6 True Freshmen Likely to Make a Splash

    The plans were always to burn James Morris' redshirt. That was never in question. But when Iowa opened the 2010 season against Eastern Illinois University, who would have predicted ...

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  10. Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the 2011 Quarterbacks

    It's looking to be a funny year for quarterbacks in the Big Ten. Firstly, a substantial number of returning starters made as much of a name for themselves as runners in 2010 as they did as passers...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 3,419 reads 14 comments

  11. Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the 2011 Secondaries

    A number of notable 2010 all-conference selections from Big Ten secondaries will return this season. This is in direct contrast to the defensive lines and linebackers...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 1,395 reads 16 comments

  12. Iowa Football 2011: Projecting the Hawkeyes Defensive Depth Chart

    Previously, I broke down who I feel will be on the 2011 Hawkeyes offensive depth chart when the Iowa football program suits up September 3, to take on Tennessee Tech...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 2,835 reads 0 comments

  13. Big Ten Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 3 (Schedule and Final Breakdown)

    Big Ten Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 1 (Overview and Offense) Big Ten Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 2 (Defense and Specialists) Impact Freshman Rivals ranked NU's 2011 class 11th in the conference...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 381 reads 2 comments

  14. Iowa Hawkeyes Football: Predicting the Offensive Depth Chart vs. Tennessee Tech

    As I am writing this, it is July 5. Iowa's first game of the 2011 season is 59 days away. On September 3, they will reopen the doors of Kinnick Stadium to play the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference (FCS)...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 2,619 reads 3 comments

  15. Big Ten Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 2 (Defense and Specialists)

    Big Ten Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 1 (Overview and Offense) Defensive Overview 2010 scoring defense: 29 PPG (eighth in the conference), total defense: 426...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 242 reads 2 comments

  16. Big Ten Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 1 (Overview and Offense)

    Team Overview As an Iowa Hawkeye fan, I don't know how many times I've watched Northwestern come away from a game victoriously—often against the Hawks—and I have said ...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 371 reads 0 comments

  17. Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the 2011 Linebackers

    It is amazing how much Big Ten defenses lost to graduation and NFL draft defection last season. I thought it notable in my recent article ranking the top conference defensive lines ...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 1,766 reads 31 comments

  18. Big Ten Breakdown: Illinois Illini, Part 3 (Schedule and Breakdown)

    Big Ten Breakdown: Illinois Illini, Part 1 (Overview and Offense) Big Ten Breakdown: Illinois Illini, Part 2 (Defense and Specialists) Impact Freshmen Both Rivals and Scout ranked Illinois' 2011 class eighth in the Big Ten...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 482 reads 8 comments

  19. Big Ten Breakdown: Illinois Illini, Part 2 (Defense and Specialists)

    Big Ten Breakdown: Illinois Illini, Part 1 (Overview and Offense) Defensive Overview 2010 scoring defense: 23.5 PPG (fifth in the conference), total defense: 351.3 YPG (fifth), rushing defense: 3...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 472 reads 0 comments

  20. Big Ten Breakdown: Illinois Illini, Part 1 (Overview and Offense)

    Team Overview When Ron Zook was hired by the Illini in 2005, the consensus thinking was that it would be the best hiring the Illini would ever make or it would be an orange and blue mess...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 633 reads 0 comments

  21. Iowa Hawkeyes Football: Is the University of Iowa Offensive Line U?

    Recently, I found myself looking over various articles and online blogs that consistently put Ohio State's 2011 offensive line above both Iowa's and Wisconsin's, and this perplexed me...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 527 reads 6 comments

  22. Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the 2011 Defensive Lines

    It starts up front. That is an age-old mantra in football, and even in the age of the spread offense, it still holds true. Control the line of scrimmage, win the battle in the trenches, and you will win the game...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 3,146 reads 9 comments

  23. Iowa Hawkeye Football: The Long, Lonesome Running Back Blues

    Recently, Iowa got the bad news that their prized running back recruit, Rodney Coe, did not make grades and will have to go to junior college in order to eventually qualify to play for the Hawkeyes or any FBS football team...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 3,090 reads 6 comments

  24. Jim Tressel's Resignation: Who Benefits the Most from the Ohio State Mess?

    In light of Jim Tressel's resignation and more especially, the recent Sports Illustrated article that alleges that tattoo-gate is only the tip of the iceberg, it seems likely ...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 4,376 reads 11 comments

  25. Big Ten Breakdown: Purdue Boilermakers, Part 3 (Schedule & Breakdown)

    Big Ten Breakdown: Purdue Boilermakers, Part 1 (Overview and Offense) Big Ten Breakdown: Purdue Boilermakers Part 2 (Defense and Specialists) Impact Freshmen Both ...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about 3 years ago 726 reads 1 comments