Deadspin 25: Without Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Is Just Whatever

Welcome to the Deadspin 25, a college football poll that strives to be more democratic and less useless than every other preseason poll. Leading up to the college football season kickoff, we will give you previews of the 25 teams that you, the readers, voted to be most worthy of writing about. Now, No. 6 Wisconsin. »8/28/15 1:57pm8/28/15 1:57pm

Few Teams Have Been More Mediocre Than Nebraska This Decade

There are two ways to go about being mediocre in college football. Strictly definitionally, a team can settle in somewhere directly between schools like Stanford and those like Eastern Michigan—finishing around .500 every season. But the more sneaky and much more frustrating sort of mediocre is the one that Nebraska… »11/25/14 9:46am11/25/14 9:46am

Changing Conferences Doesn't Affect College Football Success

Whenever teams join a new conference, commentators debate whether their "styles of play" can succeed in their new conference. This has become a clichéd debate this past decade as a plethora of universities have ditched their old ties to pursue new conferences, in search of as much television revenue as possible. Even… »10/09/14 2:34pm10/09/14 2:34pm

Source: EA's Next College Football Game Will Only Lose One Team

The next edition of EA Sports' embattled college football series will lose only one school from a lineup of more than 120 next year, though two conferences will stop licensing their trademarks to the game, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The Southeastern Conference, which yesterday told ESPN… »8/15/13 8:03pm8/15/13 8:03pm

The Big Ten Is Scrapping Leaders And Legends For East And West Divisions

Sources are telling ESPN.com’s college football reporters that the Big Ten is going to rename and realign its whackity-schmackity divisions. The conference will abandon the Legends and Leaders divisions; geographically muddled, aggravatingly alliterative, they were unpopular from the word “huh?” Now with the… »4/20/13 3:30pm4/20/13 3:30pm

Northwestern Has Fired Bill Carmody After 13 Years Of Decent-By-Northwestern-Standards Basketball

In 13 seasons as the head coach at Northwestern University, an alleged Big Ten basketball program, Bill Carmody’s signature moment might’ve been getting hired in the first place. And that, presumably, is why the school fired him today. Cracker-box facilities, lack of tradition, and academic pressures notwithstanding,… »3/16/13 1:40pm3/16/13 1:40pm

The Big Ten's T-Shirt Cannon Is The Most Pathetic Thing Ever

Reader "Norman Dale" is at tonight's embarrassment of a Big Ten championship game (70-24 Wisconsin last we looked) and if there's any metaphor for a B1G season sapped of the ineligible Ohio State and Penn State, it's this weak T-shirt cannon. Seriously, what is this? Manufacturing used to be a point of Midwestern… »12/01/12 11:37pm12/01/12 11:37pm

The University Of Maryland's Twitter Account Was Hacked, Kept It Pretty Real For About Twenty Minutes

Along with Rutgers, the University of Maryland looks likely to flee its current conference for the Big Ten, and some people—notably, the person who hacked Maryland's official Twitter account tonight—are pretty happy about it. At first it seems conceivable that the person who manages UM's social media was just getting… »11/17/12 11:00pm11/17/12 11:00pm

Al Capone Once Got A Motorcade Escort Into The Northwestern-Nebraska Game

Today Nebraska and Northwestern play their sixth game in a rivalry that began in 1902. As the Huskers are a recent refugee to the Big Ten, this will be the first trip for Nebraska to Evanston since October 1931. Among the spectators in that game, according to this delightful clipping the Northwestern University… »10/20/12 5:00pm10/20/12 5:00pm