USA Today: Big Ten is Ohio State’s conference to lose
Preseason prediction columns continue to roll off the presses, and USA Today’s Paul Myerberg has one of the most in-depth previews you’ll find on the Big Ten.
In it, he touches on everything from where teams will finish, to the best position units, quarterbacks, newcomers and games around the conference in 2016.
While Michigan has been a hot pick by many analysts, Myerberg isn’t ready to hand the conference to Jim Harbaugh’s bunch just yet. Here’s his take on what is sure to be a fierce battle for the Big Ten East:
I still think it is Ohio State’s conference to lose. The Buckeyes’ offense will rally around J.T. Barrett, who will help a younger cast round into form in advance of a make-or-break tilt against Oklahoma on Sept. 17. The defense is a tough and inexperienced yet overflowing with a degree of play-making ability unshared by the rest of the conference. If Urban Meyer pushes the right buttons — and he typically does — Ohio State is on the verge of another Playoff berth.