Chris Ash isn’t afraid of a challenge. That’s why he’s at Rutgers. Ash knows the potential of this program. The Scarlet Knights have won before. And, they can win again.
The momentum continues to build at Maryland, where DJ Durkin has one of the fastest-rising programs in the Big Ten. He is adding talent at a break-neck pace as he continues to refine the roster and build toward a breakout season.
What will Penn State do for an encore coming off a surprising Big Ten title? The Nittany Lions could repeat, as most of the key cogs from last season are back led by QB Trace McSorley and RB Saquon Barkley on offense, along with an improving line.
Penn State players and coaches received their Big Ten championship rings at a picnic on Saturday, a ceremony that coach James Franklin hopes will finally mute talk of his team's sudden rise last fall.
Chris Ash has a better grasp of his team as he enters Year Two. But, work remains, especially on offense. Here are BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's five observations from the spring game.
Paul Chryst and Wisconsin are looking to defend their Big Ten West title. But there is work to do. A new dynamic: Chryst will be on his third defensive coordinator in three years, as he promoted defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard to take over what has been one of the top defenses in the nation in recent years.
With progress comes change. At least that’s the hope at Iowa, which has a lot new moving parts on offense. The defense? The song remains the same on that side of the ball with longtime coordinator Phil Parker still running the show. But check out this roll call of change on offense inside.
The Big Ten will wrap up its spring games the next few days, with Iowa and Wisconsin playing on Friday and Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State conducting their games on Saturday. Here is one big thing to keep an eye on in each of the five spring games.
Jim Harbaugh is digging in on his third season in Ann Arbor in search of the program’s first Big Ten title since 2004. The losses for Michigan are staggering coming off a second 10-win season in succession.
Ohio State continues to look for its championship mojo since winning the national title in 2014. The Buckeyes have come up short each of the last two years, failing to even play for the league title and getting eviscerated in the playoffs last year by Clemson.