Athlon Sports posts preseason bowl projections

Yes, it’s early July. Yes, it’s crazy to entertain possible 2014-15 bowl destinations. But, man, it’s fun to consider these lists. Athlon Sports recently released its preseason bowl projections, and nine Big Ten teams made the cut. The headliner: Ohio State, in the Rose Bowl, part of the inaugural College Football Playoff.

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DB rankings: Spartans' 'No Fly Zone' tops B1G

Few schools have played defense as well as Michigan State in recent years. And a big reason for the success has been the secondary, a unit known for its aggressive, press-man coverage. MSU will have another talented secondary in 2014. In fact, it will be the best in the conference. Here’s a look at Big Ten defensive backfields.

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Big Ten players on Mackey & Rimington watch lists

It’s early July, and that means it’s preseason college football awards watch lists season. See which Big Ten players were named to the Mackey Award an Rimington Trophy watch lists in this post.

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Nebraska paces linebacker unit rankings

Linebackers are the heart and soul of any good defense. Speed, strength, athletic ability, toughness … they must embody all of it. And no Big Ten team has a better collection of linebackers than Nebraska.

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Scherff, Mostert land on FOX's top 20 'Freaks' list

Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff and Purdue running back and track star Raheem Mostert were listed on Bruce Feldman’s list of top 20 “Freaks” in college football. Scherff came in at No. 2, behind Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates, while Mostert landed at No. 10. See what Feldman said about each player in this post.

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