1. Big Ten's Commitment to Indianapolis Title Game Perfect Move for Conference

    The Big Ten has the reputation—fair or not—of being stuck in the past. However, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has been progressive about conference expansion and stipends for athletes...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 2,269 reads 4 comments

  2. College Football's Sleeper Teams to Watch in 2014

    Yes, this is a sleeper teams slideshow. Yes, this inevitably means all of these teams will fall flat on their faces in 2014 because jinxing power knows no prejudice. For that, I am so, so sorry...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 27,076 reads 118 comments

  3. Ty Isaac Transfer Is Nice for Michigan, but Success Is Still in O-Line's Hands

    Michigan's backfield has officially been upgraded. Whether that upgrade goes into effect this year or next remains to be seen. On Thursday, USC transfer Ty Isaac tweeted that he had, in fact, enrolled at Michigan...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 4,508 reads 31 comments

  4. Bo Pelini's Anti-Signing Day Comments Are Interesting, but Are They Feasible?

    The possibility of an early signing date for college football has gained momentum. Just last week at SEC spring meetings, coaches voiced their support for an early signing day on the Monday following Thanksgiving...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 7,401 reads 17 comments

  5. Dear College Football, It's Finally Time to Bring Back Our Classic Rivalries

    It was as though Texas and Texas A&M never stopped playing one another. The rivalry between the Longhorns and Aggies has been defunct across the three major sports—football, ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 10,775 reads 62 comments

  6. Can Texas A&M Defense Survive Dismissal of Isaiah Golden and Darian Claiborne?

    Texas A&M's porous defense, which was at or near the bottom of the SEC in just about every major statistical category last season, just took another hit. So to speak...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 8,056 reads 70 comments

  7. Bleacher Report's Perfect College Football Starting Lineup for 2014

    If you could pick a starting 22 for a college football team, what would it look like? Would it be full of All-Americans and award winners? Or would it be filled with players who are, ...

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  8. 5 College Football Blue Bloods Primed to Re-Enter the Spotlight in 2014

    2013 was a down year for some of college football's traditional powers. As a result, some coaches, like Texas' Mack Brown , lost their job. Others are now squarely on the hot seat heading into 2014...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 26,183 reads 131 comments

  9. What the EA Settlement Could Mean for NCAA in Ed O'Bannon Lawsuit

    Common sense—and a sense of right—prevailed months ago. Last September, Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company agreed to settle with current and former college athletes whose likeness was used in video games...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 12,371 reads 36 comments

  10. ESPN Putting Mack Brown Right Where He Belongs: On Center Stage

    This was bound to happen sooner or later. Maybe it's only surprising that it took as long as it did. On Sunday, Chip Brown of HornsDigest...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 31,738 reads 65 comments

  11. Optimistic, Pessimistic and Realistic Predictions for Every Big Ten Team

    The offseason is nothing if not a time for predictions. That's why it's time for optimistic, pessimistic and realistic predictions for every Big Ten team this season...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 32,510 reads 212 comments

  12. Doesn't Look Like Texas A&M Recruiters Will Give Charlie Strong Much of a Chance

    One of the biggest priorities for first-year Texas coach Charlie Strong is to take back the state of Texas on the recruiting trail. Texas A&M would like a word about that...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 28,404 reads 438 comments

  13. Satellite Recruiting Camps Good for Kids and That's All That Should Matter

    If SEC coaches and admins had it their way, Penn State coach James Franklin would never leave Big Ten country to coach in a summer camp...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 4,111 reads 11 comments

  14. Why State of Arizona Is Key to Pac-12 Rivaling SEC as Best Football Conference

    The Pac-12 title doesn't normally come through the state of Arizona, but the long-term health of the conference will be boosted by what happens there...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 3,225 reads 13 comments

  15. Are SEC Players Really More NFL-Ready Than Everybody Else?

    Kyler Murray, who's still a year away from playing a college football game, summed up the SEC as well as anyone...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 14,283 reads 92 comments

  16. Big Ten's Biggest Trap Games to Watch for in 2014

    It's a trap! Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, will be almost seven years to the day since Appalachian State stunned No. 5 Michigan in the Big House, 34-32. The Mountaineers will get another swipe at the Wolverines to open this season...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 16,890 reads 37 comments

  17. Texas' Tough Schedule Means Charlie Strong's First Year Is About More Than Wins

    What can Texas fans realistically expect from Charlie Strong 's first year? It actually has little to do with wins and losses...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 6,043 reads 30 comments

  18. Should Florida Really Be Considered a Sleeper in 2014?

    Despite just one losing season in Gainesville —last year's 4-8 disaster—Florida coach Will Muschamp could be fighting for his job in 2014...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 6,052 reads 72 comments

  19. Biggest Threat to the Power 5 Conferences' Quest for Autonomy

    For as much criticism as the NCAA receives—and it deserves much of it—it's also easily forgotten that it's an entity that serves its members' interests...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 7,441 reads 18 comments

  20. Who Will Be the Big Ten Football's Leading Passer in 2014?

    Sure, go ahead and get your jokes in about quarterbacks and passing in the Big Ten. Someone has to lead the conference in that category. Last year, the Big Ten had just one 3,000-yard passer: Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 10,387 reads 76 comments

  21. Behind the Scenes of College Football Hall of Fame Process

    At the National Football Foundation office in Irving, Texas, Steve Hatchell places a book on a conference room table. The book is sizable at an inch or so in thickness. It's really more of an encyclopedia...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 5,627 reads 1 comments

  22. How Concerned Should Oregon Be About QB Departures Behind Marcus Mariota?

    Ideally, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will stay healthy the whole season. He may even win the Heisman and lead the Ducks to a national championship. Of course, things rarely go exactly as they should...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 10,570 reads 30 comments

  23. Which Big Ten School Needs Ex-USC RB Ty Isaac the Most?

    Where former USC running back Ty Isaac lands has yet to be determined, but he certainly has options. The former 4-star recruit left the Trojans after one season to move closer to his hometown of Joliet, Illinois, because of a family issue...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 18,310 reads 50 comments

  24. 10 College Football Players Who Will Benefit Most from Offseason Workouts

    Now that coaches can make summer workouts mandatory —as if they weren't mandatory before—they can more closely monitor players. It's up to the coaches if they want to utilize that time, but let's be honest: They do...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 34,301 reads 42 comments

  25. Brian Kelly's Wish to Continue Series vs. Michigan, Michigan State Has Obstacles

    You don't have to be a traditionalist to realize conference realignment has altered college football in a way that nothing else has...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 7 months ago 2,537 reads 3 comments