A look at four relatively-unheralded players from the Big Ten East who may make a big impact for their schools this fall.
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Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan cast large shadows, but receivers from Indiana and Purdue could steal some of the spotlight this fall.
The Big Ten continues to shed its plodding, pro-style reputation and it's possible that half the league could have 3,000-yard passers this fall.
Can Ohio State throw the ball? Can Michigan run it? We look at the biggest questions that each team will be trying to answer as they get back to work.
Upsets are tough to predict by nature, but there are plenty of opportunities for some Big Ten East teams to shock the world this fall.
Wisconsin led the league in interceptions in 2016 and should still be a top unit, but a few other teams could stake a claim of being the best.
Las Vegas set its early win totals and there are some pretty big numbers. So, will all Big Ten East teams exceed expectations? Don't bet on it.
Florida State vs. Alabama, and Michigan at Florida are among the marquee matchups slated to air on the ESPN family of networks during Week 1 of the 2017-18 college football season.
Penn State will have one of the league's best passing attacks thanks to receiving depth and talent, but there are a couple of surprise teams to watch.
Tom Allen takes over at Indiana after a controversial coaching change, but he inherits a program coming off back-to-back bowl game appearances.
Things have been looking up for the Buckeyes since their embarrassing loss in the Fiesta Bowl, but the top-heavy East won't be a cakewalk.
These five players may not be swimming in personal awards at the end of the season, but their teams' success will depend on them being in the lineup.
Ohio State promises one of the toughest defensive fronts in the nation while Penn State's multi-pronged offense should be fun to watch.
Chargers add another guard in Dan Feeney
After drafting Forrest Lamp in the second round, LA takes the Indiana guard, who plays with good balance and has excellent feet.
Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer
The Jaguars pick fourth in the third round behind Cleveland and back-to-back picks by San Francisco. Possibilities: DE Jordan Willis (if he makes it), G Dan Feeney, TE Jake Butt.
Who will replace the production of receiver Chris Godwin for Penn State? Juwan Johnson may provide the answer.
Outside the Lines has found that the culture around injuries that led to the resignation of Indiana University's football coach existed elsewhere in the athletic department and medical staff.
Indiana will prohibit transfers and incoming freshmen with a history of either sexual or domestic violence from playing sports at the university.
SEC? Nuh-uh. ACC? Not quite. Big 12 and Pac-12? Um, no. From the elite at the top and all the way down, the Big Ten has the best collection of coaches.
All four of the conference's teams that were in the playoff mix -- Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin -- return their starting QBs.
They trade texts and inspire each other. The bond between the IU QB and his high school friend Kara O'Neal, who is battling leukemia, is a special one.
ESPN Stats and Information
Ohio State at Indiana is the third-best matchup of Week 1, according to FPI. Ohio State has won 22 consecutive games against Indiana, dating back to 1990 when the teams tied. The Hoosiers have come close to knocking off the Buckeyes in their last two meetings in Indiana, but both of those came under coach Kevin Wilson, who resigned after six seasons in Bloomington and is now the offensive coordinator for Ohio State.
Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer
Ohio State's season-opening trip to Indiana ranks No. 3 on the list of best games of the opening weekend this fall, according to FPI. The Hoosiers have lost 22 consecutive times in the series, but they have given the Buckeyes some competitive games recently in Bloomington -- with the combined margin of victory in the last two meetings there only 10 points. FPI has Ohio State as a 90-percent favorite, and Urban Meyer's team is one of only four in the nation the metric favors in every game on the schedule.
New Indiana offensive coordinator Mike DeBord jumped at the chance to return to his home state and fine-tune the Hoosiers' high-powered offense.