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The Big Ten’s spring practice has shown us one definite thing: Jim Harbaugh is really excited about the team he has at Michigan. But, we’re still not sure how other teams in the conference are doing.

Ohio State still hasn’t chosen someone to replace C.J. Stroud and Purdue’s Ryan Walters is adjusting as his first head coaching job. It has been difficult for Wisconsin to switch over from the old coaching tactics of Luke Fickell to the new Air Raid offense of Phil Longo. Matt Rhule at Nebraska is attempting to revive a renowned program that hasn’t had a winning season since 2016. As for Michigan, looks like they’re ready to pursue their 3rd consecutive Big Ten championship and try again for College Football Playoffs appearance.

At a pep rally before the spring game, Coach Harbaugh said today (1st April, 2023) is the best version of Michigan football team ever. There`s a great group of players and terrific coaches who are all working together. That doesn’t mean there won’t be any bad times in the months to come, but until now it’s been the best experience he has had since joining 8 years ago.

The Wolverines football team is bringing back nearly 84% of their offensive players. Quarterback J.J McCarthy and running backs Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards will be supported by the best blocking line in the country. The defense looks really strong, mostly due to two new transfers from Nebraska (Ernest Hausmann) and Coastal Carolina (Josaiah Stewart). These two have shown promise during their spring training so they could have great impact on their team’s defensive strategies.

This fall, six teams competing for the same position – quarterback. Ohio State is between Kyle McCord and Devin Brown, Indiana’s fight is between Brendan Sorsby and Tayven Jackson, Michigan State has Payton Thorne versus Noah Kim and Katin Houser. Nebraska has Jeff Sims up against Casey Thompson, Northwestern has Brendan Sullivan versus Ryan Hilinski while Rutgers has Gavin Wimsatt going head to head with Evan Simon.

There are eight teams that have chosen their quarterbacks already: Michigan chose McCarthy, Iowa has Cade McNamara, Illinois has Luke Altmyer, Maryland got Taulia Tagovailoa, Minnesota picked Athan Kaliakmanis, Penn State chose Drew Allar, Purdue has Hudson Card and Wisconsin is with Tanner Mordecai.

Jackson from Tennessee, Sims from Georgia Tech, McNamara from Michigan, Altmyer from Mississippi, Card from Texas and Mordecai from SMU transferred to other teams for this season.

Purdue’s Walters is a unique head coach because he’s taking over a team that already has experience in winning. Last year, the Boilermakers were successful enough to win the West Division and had 36 wins/34 losses throughout a span of six years under their former head coach Jeff Brohm (who soon left for Louisville).

Walters said it won’t be a ‘rebuild’, but rather his mission to maintain the strong standard they currently have while raising it even higher to win championships.

Purdue had eleven players in the Big Ten championship game – seven on offense and four on defense. Wisconsin changed their style of playing in a major way, exchanging their old “pound-the-ground” tactic for the new “Air Raid” strategy created by Longo.

Tanner Mordecai did very well at SMU in the last two years, so he should be a great addition. However, during the Badgers’ practice game called “The Launch”, it was clear that change is not easy for him–he threw four interceptions in the first three series of his first game with the No. 1 offense. Additionally, Tyrone Tracy Jr., who moved from Iowa to Purdue and used to be a good receiver, is trying to become one of the top backup running backs behind Devin Mockobee.

AJ Rollins from Nebraska was a backup tight end last year, but he switched to defense and played on the winning team in their spring game. Chip Trayanum left Arizona State for Ohio State, where he started playing linebacker. Then he moved back to running back and got 15 tries at it last season. He really wowed the crowd when he ran 65 yards for a touchdown during the spring game!

Before the end of this Sunday, several players from big ten will be joining to the transfer portal. Those players include Calvin Hart Jr. and Shammond Cooper from Illinois, Trevell Mullen from Indiana, Coltin Deery from Maryland, A.J. Henning and R.J Moten from Michigan as well as Eric Miller and Jah’Von Grigsby from Purdue, Logan Smothers from Nebraska, Caleb Burton from Ohio State and Storm Duck from Penn State.

August 31st marks the start of Rhule’s stay at Nebraska, when they will face Minnesota who have won all four times against them. On September 1st Central Michigan will battle with Michigan State, and from that same day to September 2nd various teams like Buffalo, East Carolina, Fresno State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Toledo, Towson, Utah State and West Virginia will begin their games against other colleges across the US such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue Rutgers Indiana Illinois Maryland Iowa and Penn State respectively.

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