In typical Big Ten fashion, the 2016 buckeye defense didn't face many well known quarterbacks outside of Baker Mayfield (does he count?). This won't change for 2017, in fact, it gets worse as many of the established starters (Perry Hills, Tommy Armstrong) graduated leaving a few teams with passers with less than 100 career attempts and some with freshmen. If the defense can be anywhere close to last year, there should be plenty of opportunities for takeaways.
Outside of Mayfield and Speight, none of the quarterbacks Ohio State will be facing managed to complete over 60% of their passes. The QB we love to hate, JT Barrett, completed 61% last year for comparison. But parody in college football might be stronger than any other sport, so it won't be surprising for someone on or off this list to step up and have a good year. Either way, the best defensive line in the country should be able to cause a lot of havoc on this list.
|Maryland||Caleb Henderson||No Stats||No Stats||No Stats|
|Nebraska||Tanner Lee/Patrick O'Brian||No Stats||No Stats||No Stats|
|Penn State||Trace McSorley||57%||8||23|
|Iowa||Nathan Stanley||Only 9 career passes*||*||*|
|Michigan State||Brian Lewerke||54% (57 career attempts)||1||3|
|Illinois||Jeff George Jr||40% (94 career attempts)||5||3|