Debate it: Most interesting Big Ten QB situation?

There’s no more talked-about position than quarterback, and for obvious reasons. The quarterback, more times than not, is the face of the team, and has his hands on the ball every snap. That being the case, fans love to follow a good quarterback battle.

Which one is most interesting entering the 2013 season? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina tell you their battles to watch in this post.

Question: Which Big Ten quarterback situation is most interesting?

Tom: I am watching the Michigan State situation. There is no other way to slice it: Andrew Maxwell struggled in his first season as the starter in 2012. He finished No. 10 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency, hitting just 52 percent of his pass for 2,606 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. No doubt, Maxwell was hindered by a receiving corps that struggled for consistency, as MSU ranked No. 9 in the Big Ten in total offense (359.3 ypg) and No. 10 in scoring (20.0 ppg). Still, he had issues with accuracy, too, during a very disappointing 7-6 season that saw the Spartans lose five games by a combined 13 points. Maxwell is back for his senior season, but he did little to quell concerns about his abilities in the spring. Sophomore Connor Cook could be a viable option if Maxwell struggles. The offense, which is under the control of new co-coordinators Jim Bollman and Dave Warner, may want a more athletic option under center. If so, Cook could be the job. Still, it’s hard to ignore Maxwell’s experience. Bottom line: Stay tuned. Things could get interesting in East Lansing.

Brent: I have my eye on the quarterback battle at Indiana, and I highly recommend others do the same. In Year 3 of the Kevin Wilson regime, the Hoosiers figure to boast one of the Big Ten’s most exciting offenses. Between the up-tempo system, the numerous weapons in the passing game and the presence of powerful and underrated Stephen Houston in the backfield, this offense has all the makings for a highly prolific unit. It just might be at its best if Tre Roberson, last year’s starter to open the season, is the full-time starter. Roberson is the most athletic of the trio, also featuring Cameron Coffman and Nate Sufeld, however he’s coming off a gruesome season-ending broken leg. No, Roberson isn’t the best passer of the trio. He’s capable, though, and with his ability to run and hurt defenses with his legs, he gives Indiana an element every team wants from its quarterback nowadays. That said, no one knows how Roberson’s leg will handle game situations, and Coffman and Sudfeld are both talented in their own right, so there’s plenty to watch and monitor under center in Bloomington.

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Don Selje on 5/4/2013 @ 12:43pm EDT Said:

Don’t forget about the logjam at Wisconsin. Two proven starters (Phillips, Stave) one redshirt 4 star in waiting (Bart Houston) and the arrival of JC star Tanner McEvoy make this real interesting. Plus senior Danny O’Brien who started the early games last season. And a new coach to boot!

Reality check on 5/4/2013 @ 12:47pm EDT Said:

Denard Robinson graduates today and takes his place as a true Michigan man equal in stature with Desmond Howard. It is a measure of respect that even MSU fan Doug honored him by posting for many years that MSU was owned by Denard.

brett on 5/4/2013 @ 2:18pm EDT Said:

Yeah… 1 win in 4 tries

Chris on 5/4/2013 @ 3:07pm EDT Said:

What about the logjam at Purdue?

Matt on 5/4/2013 @ 3:22pm EDT Said:

Desmond won the Heisman. Denard put up a lot of console game like stats. He beat OSU and MSU during down years. His one bowl victory had very little to do with him. He infamously played poorly against quality teams and pretty much single handedly lost his last game against the Irish. I use to joke his nickname should be “Mandatory INT.” There are many things to like about Denard. A number of them even football related, but as a QB? Um, no.

My only interest is likely with MSU due to living in the area and being one of Michigan’s rivals. Thankfully at least Michigan has their act together so I can ignore MSU as much as possible. Wisconsin will be of interest as well with no real set starter and a new coach.

John Weis on 5/4/2013 @ 3:52pm EDT Said:

My favorite battle to watch, is the “Log-jam of talent” at Wisconsin. There are plenty of questions to be answered, and I’m hoping that no matter who new-coach Andersen chooses, the Badgers will be unstoppable. On Wisconsin, Go Badgers Go!!!

Darin Hood on 5/4/2013 @ 4:16pm EDT Said:

Definitely Iowa. It is a three man race with a redshirt freshman thrown in for good measure. With unproven receivers it is going to be hard for any to pull ahead. They are seemingly going to run a no-huddle offense, too. Luckily they are deep at running back (for now) to take the pressure off the passing game.

Doug on 5/4/2013 @ 4:46pm EDT Said:

Hey Mark, Denard stunk, MSU owned him. Matt, Michigan has their act together? HAHAHHAHA“

Jonathan on 5/4/2013 @ 6:49pm EDT Said:

I’m was a little worried about the Spartan situation… but it looks like a lot of Big 10 teams have QB issues and I love our D.

Reality check on 5/4/2013 @ 11:08pm EDT Said:

Doug when will you admitt that Michigan runs the show

Doug on 5/5/2013 @ 1:55pm EDT Said:

Michigan hasn’t been relevant since about 2005 Mark, they don’t run anything but their mouths

Greg B Johnstone on 5/6/2013 @ 1:48pm EDT Said:

I am amazed at the amount of delusional B1G fans who think their program is at all relevant. Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin are nothing more then a joke. Wisconsin and MSU hasn’t had a recruiting class yet that is worth remembering and with Wisconsin’s three straight Rose Bowl losses are better off allowing the real B1G power (OSU) to represent the conference as they are the only program even remotely capable of garnering a BCS victory.

Doug on 5/7/2013 @ 8:14am EDT Said:

wow OSU beats a crappy MSU team by 1 point last year and they are world beaters. don’t worry, urban cryer will have o$u on probation again