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Big Ten Football: Power Ranking 5 Teams with the Best Chance to Win Conference

Michigan State was nothing short of impressive in 2013, blowing past the best the Big Ten could offer in route to an 8-0 conference record and a win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game—all by double-digit margins. Do the Spartans have another championship run in them, or will we see a changing of the guard in 2014?

Michigan State needs to reload its defense. Ohio State, unquestionably the second-best team in the Big Ten in 2013, has its own share of holes to fill. Both teams return impressive talent, but with conference realignment, both the Buckeyes and Spartans are now part of the new East Division.

What about the West and its soon-to-be divisional powerhouses? Can Nebraska shake off yet another four-loss season (its sixth straight)? Can Wisconsin reclaim its once dominant role?

We'll break down the five teams we think have the best shot at winning the Big Ten title in 2014, and we've broken them down into the top two teams in each division, plus a fifth "wild card" team.

Football is a crazy sport where anything can happen, but we're fairly confident these five teams have the best shot at making a run for the Big Ten title—and the likely College Football Playoff berth that could come with it.

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2015 College Football Recruits Who Deserve More Hype

The 2015 class has several prospects who are surrounded by a ton of hype. While many of them deserve it, the hype they've gained has taken the spotlight away from other recruits more than it should. 

Looking down the board, several players deserve more hype and acclaim than they're currently receiving. A 4-star receiver should riot over not having an extra star, and a speedy running back deserves to be ranked much higher than where he is.

Also, a talented 4-star cornerback and a 3-star pass-rusher are better players than many people think.

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Alabama Football Recruiting: 4 Reasons Why Daron Payne Will Sign with Alabama

Daron Payne‘s recruitment is the latest extension of the most heated rivalry in college football between Alabama and Auburn.

Both in-state powers are trying to lure the 5-star defensive tackle from Birmingham, and he’s gone on record stating that each program has a special pull for him. 

“I grew up an Auburn fan, so I’ve been wanting to play for them all of my life.” Payne told Bryan Matthews of Auburn Undercover. “Then I got the Alabama offer, and then (it’s like) everybody wants to play for ‘Bama.”

Similar to the recruitments of Rashaan Evans and Reuben Foster, Payne’s recruitment will be a fight to the end between Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn. 

What are some of the main reasons Tide fans have to be confident in landing Payne?

*Unless otherwise noted, all rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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Auburn Fan's Groom's Cake Commemorates Ending to Iron Bowl

Billy Gilley is apparently a huge Auburn Tigers football fan, so his family decided to do something pretty awesome for his groom's cake. 

The family got a cake made of Jordan-Hare Stadium with the score tied at 28-28 against Alabama with one second remaining on the clock. The cake is an obvious reference to Auburn's famous play this past season, when Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a game-ending touchdown.

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