Rivals Network Recap June 6-12

A look at the top stories and features from around the Rivals.com network. It was a busy news week in the world of college sports, with recruiting visits continuing at a steady pace and the College Football Playoff committee proposing an expansion. There were also multiple collaborations among Rivals experts at each school within a couple conferences.

B1G experts previewed the 2021 football season (Matthew O’Haren/USA TODAY Sports)


Experts for all 14 Big Ten programs came together for their B1G Picture preview of the 2021 college football season, examining impact players, schedules and what storylines you should expect to emerge as the season develops.

BUCKEYE GROVE: Offensive Storylines

GOLD AND BLACK: Defensive Storylines

BADGER REPORT: Biggest Shoes to Fill

THE HOOSIER: Players to Keep an Eye On

HAWKEYE REPORT: Toughest Game on the Schedule


We are into the second weekend of official visits following a 15-month dead period. Schools across the country are now executing the recruiting plans they prepared for months. Here are a couple unique looks at what different schools did to prepare for June.

SOONER SCOOP: Unique plans at each Big 12 school

WARCHANT: Florida State’s made recruiting dash months in the making


The College Football Playoff could be expanding to 12 teams

The College Football Playoff could be expanding to 12 teams (© Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)

Expansion of the College Football Playoff has been discussed since the BCS was ditched in favor of the current four-team format back in 2013. This week saw real progress made toward that expansion.

TROJAN SPORTS: CFP working group recommends 12-team format

BUCKEYE GROVE: Committee members respond to expansion questions

BLUE AND GOLD: 12-team playoff a win for Notre Dame


The push for college athletes to retain their name, image and likeness rights continues, and the landscape of college athletics could be changing in the process. Here are a couple examinations of what the future of collegiate sports may look like.

THE KNIGHT REPORT: Q&A with Athliance CEO Peter Schoenthal

BLUE WHITE ILLUSTRATED: James Franklin eager to implement NIL plans

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