Game 1 / Indiana

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Bloomington, Indiana

Coach: Tom Allen (first season)

Last season: 6-7 overall, 4-5 in Big Ten (fourth in East Division); lost to Utah 26-24 in Foster Farms Bowl

Star power: Quarterback Richard Lagow returns for his senior season after passing for 3,362 yards and 19 TDs. He also threw 17 interceptions. His targets include Nick Westbrook, last year’s team leader in receiving yards, and Simmie Cobbs Jr., who held the same title in 2015 but missed most of last season with an injury. … LB Tegray Scales led Football Bowl Subdivision last season with 23.5 tackles for loss.

New to view: Allen was promoted to coach after Kevin Wilson departed in early December amid charges of player mistreatment. In Allen’s one season as defensive coordinator, the Hoosiers improved from No. 120 in FBS in total defense to a top-40 ranking.

Quotable: “My goal is to win a Big Ten championship. You don’t come to a Big Ten school and not want to win a Big Ten championship.” — safety Chase Dutra

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Game 2 / Oklahoma

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Ohio Stadium

Coach: Lincoln Riley (first season)

Last season: 11-2 overall, 9-0 in Big 12 (first in league); defeated Auburn 35-19 in Sugar Bowl

Star power: QB Baker Mayfield finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy with a 3,965-yard season in which he threw for 40 touchdowns and set an FBS record for passing efficiency. Most of Mayfield’s weapons are gone, but the Sooners do recruit well and they have all five starters back on the offensive line. LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo leads a defense that improved as the season progressed.

Question marks: Who does Mayfield look to without departed WR Dede Westbrook, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting, and RBs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, all now in the NFL? Can first-time head coach Riley keep the program on the same plane that newly retired coach Bob Stoops demanded?

Quotable: “Whether I coached after Bob Stoops or some guy nobody’s ever heard of, the same expectations that I feel … are the same expectations for this program — to continue to win championships.” — Riley

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Game 3 / Army

When: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Ohio Stadium

Coach: Jeff Monken (fourth season)

Last season: 8-5 overall; defeated North Texas 38-31 in overtime in Heart of Dallas Bowl

Star power: In 2016, Army attempted an average of only 9.5 passes per game in its triple-option offense, but the Black Knights averaged 339.5 rushing yards to rank second nationally. The team’s top three rushers all return: junior fullbacks Andy Davidson (961 yards, 12 TDs) and Darnell Woolfolk (600, nine TDs), and senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw (824, eight TDs). Four starting linemen also are back.

On the rise: Last season’s eight wins marked the most for the Army program since 1996, not coincidentally the last time the Black Knights captured the Commander-in Chief’s trophy among the military academies. Army also beat Navy last season to snap a 14-game losing streak against the Midshipmen.

Quotable: “From a program standpoint, you’ve got to win the rivalry games sometime. It’s no rivalry if one team never wins. It was a real thrill to finally break the streak. I hope we can find a way to do it again.” — Monken, on beating Navy last year

Game 4 / UNLV

When: Time TBA, Sept. 23, Ohio Stadium

Coach: Tony Sanchez (third season)

Last season: 4-8 overall, 3-5 in Mountain West Conference (tied for third in West Division)

Star power: The bulk of it resides on offense. UNLV ranked 15th nationally in rushing last year behind Charles Williams, who set a freshman school record, and Lexington Thomas. Devonte Boyd leads a decent stable of receivers. But it all means nothing if highly touted redshirt freshman Armani Rogers spits the bit. All indications is that he has had a strong camp.

Question marks: Only two starters return for a defense that ranked 112th among 128 FBS teams by allowing 36.8 points per game. And despite the optimism of Sanchez, a former high school coach in Las Vegas, the Rebels don’t have adequate depth to overcome injuries.

Quotable: “I fully believe we can get ourselves into the postseason if we do the things we need to. (But) we’ve got to go 1-0, and we’ve got to go 2-0 for the first time since 1999.” — Sanchez

Game 5 / Rutgers

When: Time TBA Sept. 30, Piscataway, New Jersey

Coach: Chris Ash (second season)

Last season: 2-10 overall, 0-9 in Big Ten (seventh in East Division)

Star power: Rutgers football doesn’t get much good news, but it did when receiver Janarion Grant decided to forgo the NFL draft and return for his senior season. Unfortunately, Grant missed the final eight games of the 2016 season because of a broken ankle and has been slowed throughout practices. All eyes are on QB Kyle Bolin, a transfer from Louisville who won the job in camp and was named a captain.

New to view: Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has come aboard as offensive coordinator, and Rutgers recently opened a spectacular new outdoor practice facility. But issues still remain with the defense, which allowed 360 points in conference games and ranked 126th nationally against the run.

Quotable: “I don’t care what happened last year. We wiped it out of our systems and we are moving forward. We are a lot better today because of what we went through. Adversity either brings you together or tears you apart. It brought our football team together.” — Ash

Game 6 / Maryland

When: 3:30 or 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Ohio Stadium

Coach: DJ Durkin (second season)

Last season: 6-7 overall, 3-6 in Big Ten (fifth in East Division); lost 36-30 to Boston College in Quick Lane Bowl

Star power: The Terrapins are fixed at running back with Ty Johnson, who rushed for 1,004 yards and averaged 9.1 yards per carry, and Lorenzo Harrison, who was on his way to a freshman record until a season-ending suspension. D.J. Moore led Maryland in receiving yards a year ago and leading tackler Jermaine Carter anchors a defense that returns seven starters.

Question marks: There are weapons on offense, but who distributes the ball? Dual-threat sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome seems to be the front-runner of a group of four quarterback contenders, but North Carolina transfer Caleb Henderson has been slowed by a foot injury.

Quotable: “Any one of them can be a Division I quarterback. Now it becomes who’s making the best decisions, who runs the offense the best, who’s the best leader. … I want to let it sort itself out on the field and let the players decide it.” — Durkin

Game 7 / Nebraska

When: Time TBA Oct. 14, Lincoln, Nebraska

Coach: Mike Riley (third season)

Last season: 9-4 overall, 6-3 in Big Ten (tied for second in West Division); lost to Tennessee 38-24 in Music City Bowl

Star power: Nebraska football players are household names in that state, but not many Cornhuskers are going to register far outside Lincoln. The top talent is on defense — safeties Kieron Williams and Joshua Kalu, LB Dedrick Young and DE Freedom Akinmoladun. On offense, Tulane transfer Tanner Lee replaces Tommy Armstrong Jr. at quarterback.

New to view: After a 2-4 finish followed a 7-0 start, former Connecticut coach Bob Diaco was hired as defensive coordinator, and he immediately scrapped a 4-3 alignment for a 3-4. The Cornhuskers have a stable of young players who could push for playing time, including WR Tyjon Lindsey.

Quotable: "Some of the things that happened last season stick with you, and it’s important to think about that. We’re going to push it behind us, but it’s something that’s motivating.” — defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg on the 2-4 finish

Game 8 / Penn State

When: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Ohio Stadium

Coach: James Franklin (fourth season)

Last season: 11-3 overall, 8-1 in Big Ten (tied for first in East Division); beat Wisconsin 38-31 in Big Ten championship game; lost to Southern California 52-49 in Rose Bowl

Star power: Penn State has a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in RB Saquon Barkley, who totaled 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. But the Nittany Lions really took off when QB Trace McSorley found his big-play magic. He ended up setting school records for passing yards (3,614) and TDs (29). The top returnees on defense include LB Jason Cabinda and safety Marcus Allen.

Question marks: Can the Nittany Lions’ defense, leaky at times last year, overcome the loss of CB John Reid, who suffered a serious knee injury in the spring and may miss all of 2017? The schedule isn’t favorable, with a three-week October/November stretch of Michigan, at Ohio State and at Michigan State.

Quotable: “Last year’s last year, and this year’s this year. We want to take all those experiences and maturity that we gained from last year and then continue growing and evolving.” — Franklin

Game 9 / Iowa

When: Time TBA Nov. 4, Iowa City, Iowa

Coach: Kirk Ferentz (19th season)

Last season: 8-5 overall, 6-3 in Big Ten (tied for second in West Division); lost to Florida 30-3 in Outback Bowl

Star power: It’s no surprise that Ferentz is building his team again on a solid offensive line and a stout running game. Akrum Wadley returns after a 1,000-yard season and will be joined by James Butler, a graduate transfer who topped 1,300 yards for Nevada last season. On defense, Josey Jewell leads a talented group of linebackers but much of the secondary needs rebuilt.

Question marks: Who replaces C.J. Beathard at quarterback is still in flux. Sophomore Nathan Stanley seems to have the edge over junior Tyler Wiegers but both could play to start the season. Regardless, the Hawkeyes’ passing game is iffy, with only one receiver (Matt VandeBerg) who had a catch in 2016 on the roster.

Quotable: “I’m all about stability. I think that’s a really important thing. But a little spice in the recipe doesn’t hurt things.” — Ferentz, on elevating his son, Brian, to offensive coordinator

Game 10 / Michigan State

When: Time TBA Nov. 11, Ohio Stadium

Coach: Mark Dantonio (11th season)

Last season: 3-9 overall, 1-8 in Big Ten (sixth in East Division)

Star power: LJ Scott was a late-season revelation in an otherwise disastrous 2016 campaign for Michigan State, which had a seven-game losing streak and posted its lowest win total since 1991. Scott, though, rushed for 994 yards and will team with senior Gerald Holmes. LB Chris Frey of Upper Arlington, the leading tackler last season, anchors the defense.

Question marks: Not only did the Spartans have a bad season out of nowhere on the field — they had 65 wins the previous six seasons — but they compounded it with a miserable offseason. Four players were dismissed amid sexual assault allegations. Dantonio could be on the hot seat.

Quotable: “I’m not going to pump us up and say we’re going to win ‘X’ amount of games. What I will say is we have an opportunity to play every single game and win, which has been the case here since I’ve come.” — Dantonio

Game 11 / Illinois

When: Time TBA Nov. 18, Ohio Stadium

Coach: Lovie Smith (second season)

Last season: 3-9 overall, 2-7 in Big Ten (sixth in West Division)

Star power: Illinois finished next-to-last in the league a year ago in scoring offense and total offense, so Smith will hand the keys to QB Chayce Crouch of Newark Catholic and RB Kendrick Foster. Crouch had 137 rushing yards and 142 passing yards in an overtime loss to Purdue, then was hurt the next week against Rutgers. Foster led the team in rushing and TDs.

New to view: Well, sort of. The Illini are hoping to get a lift from two players coming back from serious injury. Receiver Mike Dudek is back from his second ACL tear in as many seasons and defensive lineman Sean Adesanya is returning from an Achilles tear.

Quotable: “Just from losing for so long, it has hurt us mentally. But now, we’re on the track of just (thinking), ‘It’s OK to win. Don’t be scared to win.’ The culture in the locker room is all about winning. It’s all about that grit and desire to win.” — Foster

Game 12 / Michigan

When: Noon Nov. 25, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Coach: Jim Harbaugh (third season)

Last season: 10-3 overall, 7-2 in Big Ten (third in East Division); lost to Florida State 33-32 in Orange Bowl

Star power: Harbaugh hasn’t announced his starting quarterback — as of last weekend Michigan hadn’t even provided a team roster — but it’s presumed that incumbent Wilton Speight will get the nod after a 2,538-yard, 18-touchdown season. DE Rashon Gary didn’t play up to his best-freshman-in-the-country hype, but he is leaner and apparently ready for a big year.

Question marks: After losing 17 starters from 2016, including 10 on defense, the Wolverines are facing all sorts of questions beyond the QB drama. But Harbaugh has put together back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes, so the talent level is there.

Quotable: “I hope a lot. Maybe that will motivate us to put more into it. Coach better. Play better. Train harder. Put more of our heart into each and every one of those ballgames.” — Harbaugh, on Michigan’s 1-3 finish after a 9-0 start

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