All Eyes On The Big 10

Change is inevitable, but it’s also fun to watch! New players, coaches, and expectations promise all eyes on the Big 10 conference in the upcoming season.

The biggest changes are in Columbus at The Ohio State University. The Buckeyes have won the Big 10 the past two years, under the direction of head coach Urban Meyer. The OSU head coach since 2011, Meyer retired after the Rose Bowl in January, leaving the team in the hands of his assistant coach Ryan Day. As if that wasn’t enough of a change already, the Buckeyes named Georgia transfer Justin Fields as the starting quarterback for the 2019-20 season.

New Ohio State head coach  Ryan Day  and Georgia transfer  Justin Fields  at the 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes Spring Game in Columbus.  Photo via The O-Zone

New Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and Georgia transfer Justin Fields at the 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes Spring Game in Columbus. Photo via The O-Zone

Ohio State hasn’t had trouble training great quarterbacks in recent years, but they haven’t had to teach the offense to a transplant in a while. Day will have to oversee Fields’ development and integration into the program, put together a winning season, and beat Michigan or he won’t be in the driver’s seat for long. Watching how teams adjust to change is always entertaining, and the Buckeyes this year will be no exception.

Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines also have a mountain to climb this season. The 2019-20 season will be Harbaugh’s fifth with the Wolverines, and he is determined to give the university it’s first conference championship since 2004. The Wolverines were close to a conference title last year, but loses to Ohio State and Florida sent them spiraling out of control. Losing hurts, especially if you’re a team who has lost to their main rival for the past seven years. Harbaugh is a great coach. Michigan is a great football team. With the top team in the conference vulnerable for the first time in a long time, it might be time for the Wolverines to rise to the top.

Head coach  Jim Harbaugh  and the Michigan Wolverines look to take advantage of a vulnerable Ohio State team and win Michigan’s first Big 10 championship since 2004.  Photo via The Ringer

Head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines look to take advantage of a vulnerable Ohio State team and win Michigan’s first Big 10 championship since 2004. Photo via The Ringer

It seems like most teams in the Big 10 have stories to follow this season. Penn State is struggling to rebuild after losing Saquan Barkley to the NFL. Nebraska’s coach Scott Frost has a “strong feeling” that his Husker’s have improved since last season, and are ready to dance with the best in the Big 10. Iowa is looking to show the world that beating Ohio State by 31 points wasn’t luck.

A new chapter has begun in the Big 10 story, and if these plot lines are any indication, its going to be the most exciting one yet.