ESPN Insider for College Football, Phil Steele talks about the upcoming Big Ten Football season.

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ESPN Insider for College Football, Phil Steele talks about the upcoming Big Ten Football season.

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ESPN Insider for College Football, Phil Steele talks about the upcoming Big Ten Football season.

College Football Insider Phil Steele previews the Big Ten Football season and talks about teams he expects to succeed.

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Sportswriter and analyst for all things football Phil Steele joins the show to talk to JMV about what to be excited for in the upcoming College Football season.  He goes in depth about Big Ten Football and which teams will struggle and which teams will take the top spots in the Big Ten East and Big Ten West.  Steele is an ESPN Insider for College Football.

With all the changes being made in the Big Ten, what do you think we will be talking about in the 2019 season?

"I think in the Big Ten East, I think the storyline will be if Michigan can get past Ohio State.  I think that answer is going to be yes.  In fact, for the last 11 years I have picked Ohio State higher than Michigan.  It's been 11 straight years and I have been right 10 out of the 11 years.  So why mess with a formula like that, but you touched on it.  Urban Meyer is gone from Ohio State.  They lose their quarterback Dwayne Haskins with 50 touchdown passes last year.  They only have one returning starter on the offensive line.  And the Big Game is being played in Ann Arbor, keep in mind last year Ohio State allowed over 400 yards per game on defense.  So, despite nine starters coming back I wouldn't put them as a top ten defense at the beginning of the year.  Meanwhile, Michigan does have a top ten defense this year and always do under Don Brown.  Two years ago, they only had one returning starter on defense and allowed 18.8 points per game.  This year they have five returning starters on defense.  Also, I think they have the perfect match at offensive coordinator in Josh Gattis.  He steps in, it's a perfect fit for Shea Patterson who is built to run the spread offense.  In the spread, I think you are going to see a more effective Michigan.  They're offensive line has four potential all-american candidates on it.  Then there special teams are solid.  They have their three toughest opponents Notre Dame, Michigan State, (Ohio State), all coming to Michigan.  I know a lot of people have been jumping up and saying Michigan in past year and I haven't been one of them.  But this year, I am saying Michigan."

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