So let’s get right down to it- in your absolute unbiased opinion, who do you believe is most likely to capture the Big Ten championship in 2018?
Let’s take a quick look at some of the usual suspects:
Penn State- the Nittany Lions could have its best offense since the historically dominant ‘94 squad. Trace McSorley, the best quarterback in to nation, will lead the offense that should be bolstered by a much-improved line and an abundance of playmakers throughout the skill positions. There is some potential on defense, but also plenty of question marks and inexperience at key spots.
Ohio State- the Buckeyes deserve to head into each season as the odds-on favorite to win the Big Ten, until they are consistently knocked off their perch as the team to beat. Replacing J.T. Barrett, who has been under center for Ohio State since 1996, will be no small task. But as always, Urban Meyer has plenty of talent in the pipeline to replace the likes of Barrett, Denzel Ward, Tyquan Lewis, Billy Price, Sam Hubbard and other standouts who will now be playing on Sundays.
Michigan State- the Spartans do not lose much from a 10-win team, and are led by a rising star in quarterback Brian Lewerke, who looks to make a jump and become one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in 2018. Hate him or hate him, Mark Dantonio is one to college football’s best coaches and is ready to have Michigan State return to national relevance as a playoff contender on a near-annual basis.
Michigan- the Wolverines should have one of the nation’s stingiest defenses, but many question marks on offense to address. The cupboard is well stocked with talent, so this could be the year the Wolverines take a huge step forward. Or they could just finish in their cozy third or fourth place spot in the Big Ten East yet again.
Wisconsin- it’s Wisconsin, so here’s what you can bet on: a large, imposing offensive line, a defense that makes you work for every yard, and a Heisman contender at running back. The Badgers shouldn’t have much trouble sweeping through the Big Ten West, setting up a showdown in Indianapolis with one of the four teams listed above.
So what say you, BSD reader? Can Penn State win its second Big Ten championship in three years? Or do you believe it’s just someone else’s year in 2018? With a somewhat wide open race, could a surprise team jump into the fray and shock the rest of the conference? Let’s hear your thoughts...