Big Ten forecast for 2017: Good luck beating the Buckeyes
Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan all figure to start the year in the top 15 of most national polls. But who has the horsepower to win the conference?
How Ohio State built one of the country's best defensive lines
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the Big Ten Joined ESPN.com in 2014 Graduate of the University of Notre Dame Follow on Twitter Ohio State's Larry Johnson has a full library of former players at his disposal to use to convince top recruits that he can turn them from raw talent into college football’s next great defensive lineman. Heading into his 22nd straight season coaching defensive linemen in the Big Ten, Johnson has produced six first-round draft picks (including Courtney Brown being the No. 1 overall selection in 2000), seven first-team All-Americans and more Big Ten defensive players of the year than any other coach in the past quarter century. His current roster in Columbus is
Five storylines to watch at Big Ten media days
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the Big Ten Joined ESPN.com in 2014 Graduate of the University of Notre Dame Follow on Twitter CHICAGO -- It's the Big Ten's turn at the mic. All 14 of the league's teams will be descending on the Windy City to fill up the last vestiges of the offseason with some hot air. Practice will return a week from Monday. Before then, there are plenty of questions to ask and topics to be discussed. What are some of the more prevalent storylines that are likely to dominate the conversation in Chicago this week? We're glad you asked ... 1. Ohio State is back with a vengeance. Urban Meyer has by and large stuck to the life-balance promises he made to his family when
RB Jahmir Smith makes Notre Dame’s 13th commitment, 2nd RB in class of 2018
Irish offensive coordinator Chip Long’s history indicates he prefers to have multiple options at running back. This allows him to keep the backs fresh in an up-tempo offense as well as rotate their individual skill sets while still having a full array of offensive weapons. If Long continues that trend at Notre Dame for multiple seasons, he already has the comfort of knowing two more options should join his well-stocked stable in a year. Jahmir Smith (Lee County High School; Sanford, N.C.) announced his commitment to Notre Dame with a Sunday evening Twitter post. He joins the long-committed Markese Stepp (Cathedral H.S.; Indianapolis) to create a running back duo in the class of 2018. At 6-foot,