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.
Anyone trying to forecast Nebraska's quarterback competition between Tanner Lee and Patrick O'Brien didn't glean much from the spring game Saturday. O'Brien played the first series with the No. 1 offense, but that was only because he won a coin flip in the locker room.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer made it clear this spring that he wants to throw the ball deep again. Meyer needs quarterback J.T. Barrett to hook up with receivers for more momentum-changing plays downfield.
It was a chamber of commerce weather day in Lincoln for the spring game. And Mike Riley’s squad didn’t disappoint Husker zealots who turned out to get pumped up about the 2017 and what’s ahead.