2013 CFB preview countdown

Penn State prays for good health

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien pulled off one of the greatest coaching jobs you'll ever see in 2012, not only preventing collapse after a turbulent (to say the least) few months, but actually...

Huskers still waiting to break through

With a wonderful backfield and disturbingly easy schedule, Nebraska could top 10 wins this fall. But a sketchy defense could lead to an unhappy ending, just like it did last year.

Stats say Spartans are ready

With what should be one of the two or three best defenses in the country and a mostly easy home slate, Michigan State should easy place in the top 20 and win 8-9 games. The numbers suggest the...

Can Ferentz turn around Iowa again?

Kirk Ferentz has as much job security as a guy could ask for after three straight years of significantly diminishing returns. Will the faith in Ferentz pay off? The outlook is not particularly rosy.

Michigan waits for the planets to align

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Brady Hoke's team has been a rousing success and a slight disappointment in his first two years.

Northwestern will be fun again

We don't yet know whether 2012 was a breakthrough, a peak, or neither for Northwestern. But we do know that the Wildcats were fun to watch and should be again in 2013.

Illinois searches for play-makers

3

Tim Beckman didn't really do anything right in his first year as Illinois head coach, but it's hard to say that anybody would have been able to make much of the roster he inherited.

Purdue plays it safe

Purdue's hire of new head coach Darrell Hazell was safe and sensible. But with a flawed roster at his disposal and a brutal schedule on tap, we probably won't begin to learn if he was right hire...

Minnesota looks for the Turn

The Year 3 Turn was very good to Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill at previous stops. But with a Gopher squad built to tread water and lacking in star power, Kill has his work cut out for him in 2013.

Indiana might matter

Can third-year coach Kevin Wilson patch the holes in the defense enough to ride an absurdly easy home slate to six wins and Indiana's second bowl bid in 20 years?

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