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The Replacements: Top 5 Rutgers players to replace

The building process continued for Chris Ash in his second season at Rutgers. No doubt, progress was made in 2017, as the Scarlet Knights improved from 2-10 (0-9 in the Big Ten) in 2016 to 4-8 overall (3-6 Big Ten) last season.

The Replacements: Top 5 Purdue players to replace

Some have described the debut of Jeff Brohm at Purdue as “storybook.” Consider: Brohm walked into a train wreck of a program that had won a total of nine games under the previous regime. And he squeezed out a 7-6 record that included the school’s first bowl appearance since the 2012 season.

Tom Brady highlights 15 former Big Ten stars on Super Bowl LII rosters

Fifteen former Big Ten stars are on the active roster for Super Bowl LII. Five-time Super Bowl champion and former Michigan QB Tom Brady highlights the collection of one-time Big Ten standouts. The future Hall of Famer is making his eighth Super Bowl appearance.

The Replacements: Top 5 Penn State players to replace

Penn State had one of the most dynamic offenses in the nation last season, finishing No. 2 in the Big Ten in scoring (41.1 ppg) and No. 2 in total offense (460.3 ypg). The defense also did its part, ranking No. 2 in scoring (16.5 ppg) and No. 5 overall (329.5 ypg).

The Replacements: Top 5 Ohio State players to replace

Ohio State loses some key players, including S Damon Webb, TE Marcus Baugh, DE Tyquan Lewis, DT Tracy Sprinkle and LBs Jerome Baker and Chris Worley. Here are the top five Buckeyes to replace.

The Replacements: Top 5 Nebraska players to replace

Nebraska fans want to forget the Mike Riley era as quickly as possible, but the Huskers do lose some talent heading into Year One of Scott Frost. Here are the top five Nebraska players to replace.

The Replacements: Top 5 Michigan State players to replace

Mark Dantonio engineered one of the greatest turnarounds in the nation, taking Michigan State from a 3-9 mark in 2016 to a 10-3 finish in 2017. Making that reversal of fortunes all the more remarkable: The Spartans had a relatively young squad.

The Replacements: Top 5 Minnesota players to replace

There were some bumpy waters during P.J. Fleck’s maiden voyage at Minnesota. The program saw a five-year bowl run end during a 5-7 campaign (2-7 Big Ten).