We take a look around the Big Ten for the biggest news and storylines.
Between games every week, we’ll get you caught up on what’s happening in the Big Ten. Here are five storylines from across the conference to keep an eye on heading into Saturday’s contests.
Michigan State (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten):
Coming off an upset win on the road over Penn State, Mark Dantonio’s team heads home to host the Wolverines. The Spartans have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the team, including last season’s 14-10 victory in horrendous weather. Detroit Free Press reporter Chris Solari wrote a story about how Michigan State players view the rivalry and the controversy surrounding the Outback Bowl choosing Michigan over the Spartans 10 months ago.
Nebraska (0-6, 0-4 Big Ten):
Despite the worst start to a season in program history, the Cornhuskers are doing their best to stay positive. Even in the losses, Scott Frost and his players point to the progress that’s been made as hope for a strong end to the season. Reaching a bowl game is still in of the realm of possibility, but Nebraska isn’t looking that far ahead. Evan Bland of the Omaha-World Herald talked about the team’s mindset and the differences from last season.
Penn State (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten):
Marty Leap, who covers Penn State football for SB Nation, argued that James Franklin’s been so successful with the Nittany Lions that they’ve actually become a victim of their own accomplishments. The combination of on-field results and highly-regarded recruiting classes set an incredibly high bar for the program. Sitting at 1-2 in Big Ten play, Leap believes the team isn’t living up to expectations primarily because they were unrealistic to begin with.
Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten):
The Buckeyes lost arguably the best player in college football when defensive end Nick Bosa announced he was leaving school to rehab his core muscle injury and train for the NFL Draft. The injury was expected to sideline Bosa through the end of the regular season, but the team was hopeful he could play in the postseason. Colin Hass-Hill of elevenwarriors.com broke down Ohio State’s options for replacing Bosa on the defensive line.
Maryland (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten):
Several parents of Maryland football players voiced their opposition to the reinstatement of head coach D.J. Durkin this week in an article published by The Athletic. Durkin is currently on administrative while a commission investigates the culture around the Terrapin football program following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair on June 13. Sports Illustrated writer Emily Caron summarized the story and gave an update on where things currently stand.