Matt Daniels: First and 10

Matt Daniels: First and 10

This week’s list: Sizing up the Big Ten QB situation

Illinois
The starter is ... Wes Lunt.
If it’s not Lunt, Tim Beckman turns to ... Reilly O’Toole.
Best-case scenario ... Lunt lives up to the hype, leading Illinois to first bowl game since 2011.
Worst-case scenario ... Lunt’s rocket-laser arm leads to drops, interceptions pile up and Illini don’t go bowling again.

Indiana
The starter is ... Nate Sudfeld.
If it’s not Sudfeld, Kevin Wilson turns to ... Tre Roberson.
Best-case scenario ... Sudfeld and Roberson both play. And both thrive to keep Wilson’s name off the hot seat.
Worst-case scenario ... Offensive line breakdowns lead to Sudfeld and Roberson running for their lives all fall.

Iowa
The starter is ... Jake Rudock.
If it’s not Rudock, Kirk Ferentz turns to ... C.J. Beathard.
Best-case scenario ... Rudock avoids costly interceptions, guides Hawkeyes to first double-digit win total since 2009.
Worst-case scenario ... Balanced offense Hawkeyes like to utilize never finds its balance and Iowa misses bowl game.

Maryland
The starter is ... C.J. Brown.
If it’s not Brown, Randy Edsall turns to ... Caleb Rowe.
Best-case scenario ... Terrapins offensive coordinator Mike Locksley molds Brown into what Juice Williams was in 2007.
Worst-case scenario ... Brown’s interceptions go up facing superior defenses this fall than what he did in the ACC.

Michigan
The starter is ... Devin Gardner.
If it’s not Gardner, Brady Hoke turns to ... Shane Morris.
Best-case scenario ... Gardner plays like he did last year against Notre Dame. All season long.
Worst-case scenario ... The interceptions rise above the touchdown passes for Gardner and Wolverines miss bowl game.

Michigan State
The starter is ... Connor Cook.
If it’s not Cook, Mark Dantonio turns to ... Tyler O’Connor.
Best-case scenario ... Cook generates even more productivity, and Spartans are in line for possible spot in playoff system.
Worst-case scenario ... Cook stumbles with increased expectations in East Lansing and Spartans barely make it into a bowl.

Minnesota
The starter is ... Mitch Leidner.
If it’s not Leidner, Jerry Kill turns to ... Chris Streveler.
Best-case scenario ... Leidner’s passing game develops to complement his superb running ability.
Worst-case scenario ... Gopher fans wish Philip Nelson never transferred and Kill finds himself with no proven commodity.

Nebraska
The starter is ... Tommy Armstrong Jr.
If it’s not Armstrong, Bo Pelini turns to ... Johnny Stanton.
Best-case scenario ... Armstrong avoids turnovers and throws 99-yard touchdown passes every game like he did in Gator Bowl.
Worst-case scenario ... Anyone besides Armstrong plays QB for Cornhuskers might signal an end to Pelini’s tenure.

Northwestern
The starter is ... Trevor Siemian.
If it’s not Siemian, Pat Fitzgerald turns to ... Matt Alviti.
Best-case scenario ... Siemian slices and dices up every foe like he did in Champaign to end 2013 season.
Worst-case scenario ... All the union talk is a distraction for Siemian, who can’t guide Wildcats back to a bowl.

Ohio State
The starter is ... Braxton Miller.
If it’s not Miller, Urban Meyer turns to ... J.T. Barrett.
Best-case scenario ... Miller throws for 3,000 yards, rushes for 1,500 yards and wins Heisman Trophy.
Worst-case scenario ... Miller can’t avoid injuries and Barrett doesn’t play like Kenny Guiton did last year.

Penn State
The starter is ... Christian Hackenberg.
If it’s not Hackenberg, James Franklin turns to ... Michael O’Connor.
Best-case scenario ... Hackenberg thrives, surpasses Braxton Miller as league’s top QB and wins league’s offensive MVP.  
Worst-case scenario ... Depth is always a concern for Nittany Lions now, and Hackenberg can’t make it through entire season.

Purdue
The starter is ... Danny Etling.
If it’s not Etling, Darrell Hazell turns to ... Austin Appleby.
Best-case scenario ... After rocky first season, Etling cuts down on mistakes, has Purdue in bowl-game talk in November.
Worst-case scenario ... A repeat of last season makes one question how Hazell will turn around downtrodden program.

Rutgers
The starter is ... Gary Nova.
If it’s not Nova, Kyle Flood turns to ... Mike Bimonte.
Best-case scenario ... Nova produces consistently, keeping Bimonte or Chris Laviano firmly planted on the sidelines.
Worst-case scenario ... Nova doesn’t produce consistently in Ralph Friedgen’s offense, setting off QB carousel all season.

Wisconsin
The starter is ... Joel Stave.
If it’s not Stave, Gary Andersen turns to ... Tanner McEvoy.
Best-case scenario ... Stave recovers from offseason shoulder surgery and plays like Russell Wilson in 2011.
Worst-case scenario ... Teams load the box to stop run game as passing game never takes off.

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