Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, July 27, 2015

Every media day, writers arrive in Chicago with no shortage of questions.

For fun, and in anticipation of the event Thursday and Friday, I sat down and jotted down some of the first queries that came to mind.

Here are 50 vexing questions to ponder at Big Ten media days:

1. How will the Buckeyes deal with being the hunted?2. Is Michigan?s offensive finally good?
3. Who will emerge at receiver for Maryland?
4. Who will start under center for Ohio State?
5. Can Northwestern reverse a disturbing two-year 5-7 funk?
6. Is the Indiana defense ready to show some back bone?
7. How often will coaches be asked about satellite camps?
8. Will stipends be a hot topic?
9. Is Wisconsin?s offensive line a potential issue?
10. Does Purdue have any offensive playmakers?
11. How will Maryland adapt to a new 4-3 defense under a new coordinator?
12. Any playmakers at wideout for Minnesota?
13. Can the Rutgers? d-line hold up vs. the run?
14. Will new Illinois co-defensive coordinator Mike Phair impact the rush defense?
15. Is Corey Clement the next great Badger running back?
16. Will Nebraska?s linebacker depth situation prove troublesome?
17. Who will quarterback Michigan?
18. Can the Hawkeye o-line regain its form?
19. Is the Penn State offensive line better?
20. Who will add juice to the Iowa offense?
21. Is new Rutgers offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels up for the task?
22. Are the two new inside linebackers up to snuff for Wisconsin?
23. Who will be the Spartans? next shutdown cornerback with Trae Waynes gone?
24. Is the Gopher passing game finally going to take flight?
25. Is Christian Hackenberg ready to rebound from his sophomore slump?
26. Will the maligned Northwestern o-line finally step up?
27. Who will make plays at wideout for Indiana?
28. Who will be the Wolverines? go-to wideout with Devin Funchess gone?
29. How quickly will Nebraska work in three new starting offensive linemen?
30. Will Minnesota be able to replace running back David Cobb?
31. Can Iowa generate a pass rush from its ends?
32. Can Badger QB Joel Stave pump life into the Wisconsin aerial game?
33. Will Michigan State miss defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi?
34. Can Maryland QB Caleb Rowe answer the call? And stay healthy?
35. Who will be Rutgers? quarterback?
36. Who will make big plays in the Cornhuskers backfield with Ameer Abdullah gone?
37. Who is next in line to replace MSU running back Jeremy Langford?
38. Who will be Michigan?s pass rusher off the edge?
39. Who is the biggest threat to Ohio State?s perceived dominance?
40. Can UAB RB Jordan Howard replace Tevin Coleman at Indiana?
41. Will the Hawkeye linebackers mature and step up?
42. Is Austin Appleby really the answer at quarterback for Purdue?
43. Will Illinois? running game finally show teeth?
44. Who will be Ohio State?s top wideouts?
45. Who is the man at quarterback for Northwestern?
46. Does Tommy Armstrong have the skill set to run Nebraska?s new offense?
47. Will Indiana make its first bowl since 2007?
48. Can Minnesota win the West?
49. Which new coach will have the most 2015 success? Mike Riley? Paul Chryst? Jim Harbaugh?
50. Can Ohio State repeat as national champs?


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