Ranking the Big Ten East

  • Updated: August 25, 2014 - 8:52 PM

The Big Ten East, in predicted order of finish by Star Tribune college football writer Joe Christensen:

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Coach Urban Meyer saw his 2013 Buckeyes start 12-0 but lose their final two games. Now, Ohio State must overcome the loss of quarterback Braxton Miller.

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MICHIGAN STATE

Coach: Mark Dantonio (eighth year)

2013: 13-1 (8-0 Big Ten)

Top returnees: RB Jeremy Langford (19 touchdowns last year), DE Shilique Calhoun (14 tackles for a loss)

Early test: Sept. 6 at Oregon

Outlook: The Spartans must replace seven starters from their vaunted defense, including Darqueze Dennard, Max Bullough and Denicos Allen. But several big-play guys return, including Calhoun and defensive backs Trae Waynes and Kurtis Drummond. Quarterback Connor Cook was a second-team All-Big Ten selection, their offensive line is solid, their receiving corps is deep and Langford reeled off eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games as a junior.

 

OHIO STATE

Coach: Urban Meyer (third year)

2013: 12-2 (8-0)

Top returnees: DT Michael Bennett (11.5 tackles for a loss), DE Joey Bosa (13.5 tackles for a loss)

Early test: Sept. 6 vs. Virginia Tech

Outlook: Losing QB Braxton Miller to a season-ending shoulder injury was the worst possible news, and the Buckeyes already needed to replace RB Carlos Hyde, LB Ryan Shazier, S Bradley Roby and four starters on the offensive line. Meyer’s recruiting classes have ranked among the best, so the Buckeyes will reload. But nobody can be sure redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett is ready for this.

 

 

PENN STATE

Coach: James Franklin (first year)

2013: 7-5 (4-4)

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Washington 0 FINAL
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Boston 4 FINAL
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Houston 3
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