How hard is the road to a repeat for the Big Ten champs? Tom Dienhart dives into the 2017 Penn State schedule
Ohio State made the playoff for the second time in three years last season. But the Buckeyes want more in 2017. OSU didn’t win the Big Ten last year. Heck, the Buckeyes didn’t even win the East Division. But Ohio State still landed a playoff berth—and then got embarrassed by Clemson.
This could be a big season in Evanston. Big. We’re talking win-the-Big-Ten-West big. Pat Fitzgerald has built a consistent force that always is competitive. But, a big breakthrough remains elusive.
The schedule sets up well for Nebraska in Mike Riley's third season, with Big Ten West heavies Wisconsin, Iowa and Northwestern all coming to Lincoln. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's schedule analysis inside.
How will Minnesota's first season under P.J. Fleck shake out? Tom Dienhart takes an in-depth look at the schedule.
Is this the season Jim Harbaugh breaks through and delivers Michigan’s first Big Ten title since 2004? Perhaps. But Harbaugh has work to do, as many key pieces from last year’s 10-win team are gone. No doubt, the 2017 season will be a year of transition for the program
There might not be a program in the Big Ten with more opportunity for growth than Maryland, which is coming off a bowl trip in DJ Durkin’s debut and a monster recruiting class. But work remains to be done if Maryland wants to move up the pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East.
Season No. 19 under Kirk Ferentz is just around the corner in Iowa City. Tom Dienhart breaks down the Hawkeyes' schedule.
Tom Allen has a steep schedule ahead of him in his first season as Indiana's football coach as the program looks to reach a third consecutive bowl game.
Lovie Smith is looking to take the next step following a debut season that was filled with more downs than ups en route to a 3-9 season. Year 2 could be a tough one, too, as the 2017 schedule is filled with myriad challenges.