Big Ten football questions, in 140 characters or less

Big Ten football is set to kick off in exactly two weeks. As the season approaches, excitement is at a high, but there are still several questions surrounding every Big Ten team. How do we go about summing up all of these questions for 14 teams? Simple — We follow the rules of Twitter.

Here is one pressing question I have for every Big Ten team, in 140 characters or less.

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Illinois: Is Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt the clear starter at quarterback, or will we see a QB platoon throughout the season?

Indiana: We know the offense is explosive, but is this the year the defense turns the corner and helps get this program to a bowl game?

Iowa: The schedule is favorable, but how do the Hawkeyes replace three starting linebackers who combined for more than 900 career tackles?

Maryland: This Big Ten newcomer has plenty of stars on offense, but will this be the first year that the unit can stay healthy under Randy Edsall?

Michigan: Devin Gardner is an elite talent, but he needs help. Can the retooled line put it together and make last year’s struggles a distant memory?

Michigan State: This team is loaded with talent, but can the Spartans find a way to maintain success after having so much of it in 2013?

Minnesota: David Cobb is a stud at running back, but will Mitch Leidner and the offense be able to develop a reliable passing game?

Nebraska: We’ve asked it a lot in recent years: Can the athletic and talented defense play up to the program’s Blackshirt moniker?

Northwestern: What will the offense look like in 2014, with Kain Colter (graduation), Venric Mark (transfer) and Christian Jones (knee injury) gone?

Ohio State: There are stars all over the field, but is this the year the defense puts it all together and leads the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title?

Penn State: First-year coach James Franklin has his team believing in itself, but will lack of depth set in at some point this season?

Purdue: Will the offense find a way to better utilize both Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert’s speed on the offensive side of the ball?

Rutgers: The talent is there, but how will Kyle Flood’s team adjust to the size and strength of opposing Big Ten teams?

Wisconsin: Who is the starting quarterback? Joel Stave has the experience, while Tanner McEvoy brings a dual-threat element to the offense.

Originally from Farmington Hills, MI, I have worked at the Big Ten Network since 2012 and took over my role as web editor and blogger in August, 2013. Follow me on twitter for constant Big Ten updates @srmerriman. Thanks and enjoy!!

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scott on 8/15/2014 @ 8:56am EST Said:

how can ohio have all these stars all over the place when they lost alot of players????? these stars you call are not proven until on the field.. so much hype for ohio its bullcrap.
bottom line is they didnt win shit last year period… if anyone deservs the hype its msu… you guys talked how awesome ohio was but yet have nothing to prove for it…. every team has to prove it… dont you think. which team will fall this year between ohio or msu????????????
one of them will beleive me. it just might be ohio

Bob G on 8/15/2014 @ 5:27pm EST Said:

Didn’t MSU also lose a bunch of starters? From it’s strength – the D.

Jason Rosenbrock on 8/17/2014 @ 1:20pm EST Said:

MSU isn’t rebuilding the D, they’re reloading. They might fall off a little bit compared to last season, but its not as much as some people expect. I see a min. of 10 win reg season, potentially more. I’m a realist, at OU is likely a loss, they don’t lose very often at home, but I’m definetly taking the spread. It will be closer than the experts predict, I hope my boys pull it off.

Amit on 8/23/2014 @ 1:50am EST Said:

I’m concerned about the terps o-line. The skill positions are well staffed.