Several teams concern me going into 2017. My biggest concerns are:
-Oklahoma: likely looking for payback and will spend Fall camp preparing to come to the Shoe.
-Lincoln and Iowa City are tough places to play for anyone and OSU is no exception to this.
-PSU: If I had to characterize them with one word right now, it would be cajones. They don't care if they're behind and if you've been beating them for an entire quarter or half, they don't consider themselves beaten until the final score says so and it won't stop them from taking big gambles for the play that swings the momentum their way all night long. You can't sleep on them at any point in the game.
-MSU: Very beatable, but for some reason (except 2014) Meyer dials the offense back to ultra conservative and becomes a predictable pushover against Dantonio, leaving MSU within striking distance all the way to the end. I'm tired of watching the better team try to escape MSU, and the Buckeyes have been the better team since the 2013 loss. 2015 and 2016 were inexcusable coaching failures. Hopefully this year is different.
-UM: Will not match up talent or experience wise this year, but when has that ever mattered in The Game? This year, we will find out if bitter disappointment is enough of a motivational X factor to get them what they've been missing out on since 2011.