Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota might not be preseason favorites, but there are reasons why each could be Big Ten champ.
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The departures of key players creates opportunities for the next in line; look for receivers at Nebraska and Northwestern to break out in 2017.
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
Jimbo Fisher is concerned about the forced 10-day layoff in spring practice because of Florida State spring break, so I asked a player who has been through it three times. Northwestern senior Brad North called the break in camp "beneficial." Players get to relax, recuperate and refocus. "People get burned out," North said. On his spring break later this month, North will visit Texas and Mexico.
Justin Jackson, with three 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, could have left for the NFL. But he still has some unfinished business at Northwestern.
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Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota must pick QBs. Northwestern and Purdue need playmakers. Wisconsin and Illinois need help on the defensive front.
Don't look now but the Wildcats have developed a potent passing attack thanks to QB Clayton Thorson and a surprising group of receivers.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Northwestern expects transfer wide receiver Jalen Brown to report the day after he graduates from Oregon. He will start summer school immediately. Northwestern recruited Brown in high school and Brown reached out to the coaches after Oregon's coaching change.
Northwestern has plenty of reason to be optimistic and will be looking to build on the positive momentum from its showing in the Pinstripe Bowl.
From Iowa's running game to Wisconsin's linebackers, we examine the biggest strengths of each team in the Big Ten West division.
Finding a way to beat division rival Minnesota will be a priority this season for the Wildcats, who have lost three of the past four in the series.
Nebraska, Northwestern and others have plenty of returning talent in the defensive backfield in 2017.
Four-star defensive end Earnest Brown got a late offer from Ohio State but stuck with his commitment to the Wildcats at a postion of need.
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will enter the fall with a talented and experienced group of productive performers along the defensive line.
Once again, Washington will refrain from much heavy lifting in its nonconference schedule. The Huskies headline the teams who are keeping it light out of conference play in 2017.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Northwestern's Justin Jackson head a talented group of running backs returning to the Big Ten.
Trace McSorley and J.T. Barrett are at the head of the class of Big Ten QBs, with Wilton Speight and Clayton Thorson leading the next tier.
Ohio State stays on top after signing a star-studded class ranked No. 2 in the country and an especially good haul in the defensive backfield.
The top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board issued an official opinion this week that players at all 17 private colleges in the FBS are employees of their schools.
Oregon wide receiver Jalen Brown will graduate in June and transfer to Northwestern.
Maryland became the first Big Ten school other than Ohio State, Michigan or Penn State to sign more than five ESPN 300 recruits.