The Badgers are loaded, especially on offense with Heisman Trophy candidate Johnathan Taylor operating behind what might be the nation's best line. Is this the year Wisconsin breaks through to make the College Football Playoff?
The Wildcats will try to build on a 10-win season, but a bowl-game knee injury to quarterback Clayton Thorson is an early-season concern.
Coach Jeff Brohm's first season with the Boilermakers was a big hit, with an improvement from 3-9 to 7-6. A tough schedule and key losses on defense will be the biggest challenges this year.
Coach Lovie Smith's team took its lumps during a 2-10 season in 2017, so showing signs of being competitive this year is the main goal for the Illini.
Under coach Tom Allen, the Hoosiers, who visit Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 26, had a season similar to the Gophers in 2017, finishing one win shy of bowl eligibility.
The 6-4, 295-pounder from St. Croix Falls is the ninth-ranked player in Wisconsin.
The open dates will be Aug. 4, 10 and 16, with Aug. 10 being Family Day at TCF Bank Stadium. The other two dates will be at the Athletes Village outdoor fields.
New coach Scott Frost has brought excitement back to the Cornhuskers, who endured a 4-8 season in 2017.
The 6-4, 200-pounder is the sixth-ranked player in Minnesota in the recruiting Class of 2019.
The Buckeyes must replace prolific quarterback J.T. Barrett, but Dwayne Haskins has shown he's up to the task. The defending Big Ten champs also return plenty of star power, as usual.
Springfield, Ohio, native Mike Brown-Stephens gives coach P.J. Fleck's team 21 verbal commitments for the recruiting Class of 2019.
The Hawkeyes suffered some high-profile personnel losses, but they return plenty of talent, including improving quarterback Nate Stanley.
Injuries at quarterback derailed the Terrapins' 2017 season, but a return to health and solid group of running backs give reason for optimism.
In a poll of sportswriters conducted by cleveland.com, Ohio State is the narrow choice in a Big Ten championship game rematch vs. Wisconsin. Not a lot of love was shown for Minnesota.
The RedHawks just missed out on a bowl last year and return eight starters on both offense and defense, so optimism is high in Oxford, Ohio.
In their first year under former Cal coach Jeff Tedford, the Bulldogs improved from 1-11 to 10-4 and played in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game.
The Aug. 30 season opener brings a visit from the Aggies, who ended a 57-year bowl drought last year and are living life as an independent after leaving the Sun Belt Conference.
Coach P.J. Fleck landed a verbal commitment from a Las Vegas athlete over the weekend, while Rodney Smith, Thomas Barber and Emmit Carpenter received some recognition.
Though Football Championship Subdivision power North Dakota State doesn't play a Football Bowl Subdivision team this year, there are other FCS teams that could surprise a higher-level opponent.
P.J. Fleck will try to build on his first season at Minnesota, and over the past 40 years, Gophers coaches have posted at least slightly better records in their second season.