The Buckeyes had a Big Ten-high six players declare for the NFL draft, a year after OSU saw a national-high nine players leave Columbus early. So, it goes without saying, Ohio State must move forward without some key players.
It begins tonight with a game at Michigan State, a desperate team that is 4-3 in the Big Ten (12-8 overall) and has lost three of its last four games. That’s followed by a trip to Nebraska, a visit from Northwestern, and games at Maryland and at Indiana.
The Big Ten race is gaining a sharper focus, with Maryland Wisconsin moving out ahead of the pack. But keep an eye on Purdue and Northwestern—yes, Northwestern, which looks primed to earn its first NCAA bid. And Indiana looks like it’s finding its stride, too.
Northwestern has made it to back-to-back bowls, following up a 10-win season in 2015 with a trip to the Pinstripe Bowl. The Wildcats will return plenty of talent in 2017, but they will miss these five players.
Some great, fun games this week, including a few that included game-winning shots in the final moments. Amid those thrilling finishes, it’s becoming clearer that Wisconsin and Maryland are the teams to beat as each is 5-1 in league action.
Can Indiana survive the loss of star forward OG Anunoby? Tom Dienhart won't count the Hoosiers out.
Nebraska will look to replace some talent on the field in Mike Riley's third year as head coach, including at quarterback. Tom Dienhart breaks down the top five departing Huskers.
Minnesota replaced its head coach, but will have to replace some outgoing talent on the field, as well. Tom Dienhart lists the top five departing Gopher players.
The Auckland, New Zealand, native has been the key cog for a Cornhuskers team that is 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten.
If you could pick one Big Ten player to build a team around, who would you select? BTN.com's Tom Dienhart asked a few other writers.