Big Ten football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Nittany Lions get better?

Ohio State and Oregon loaded up with transfer portal additions this offseason and have separated themselves in the new Big Ten as the top two contenders. So, where do James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions stand?
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. 1. Ohio State. . . . . 490. Head Coach: Ryan Day. Last Year: 11-2 Cotton Bowl L

Key losses: Marvin Harrison Jr. Kyle McCord Key additions: Will Howard, Caleb Downs, QuinShon Judkins

Ryan Day and Ohio State haven’t beaten Michigan since 2019, and clearly, Day was tired of hearing about it. The Buckeyes dominated the winter transfer portal window, adding Caleb Downs from Alabama, a dynamic playmaker in the secondary, and Quinshon Judkins from Ole Miss, potentially the best running back in the entire country. 

Losing Marvin Harrison Jr. will hurt the offense, but bringing in Will Howard to replace Kyle McCord, who is now at Syracuse, along with retaining Emeka Egbuka and adding five-star freshman Jeremiah Smith will make the net effect on the unit negligible. Oh, and Day got Chip Kelly, his former boss with the Philadelphia Eagles, to coordinate his offense. 

Ohio State is all in. Even players like Denzel Burke, Jack Sawyer, and Tuimoloau came back to Columbus to make another run at Michigan and a national title.

Next. Penn State has the 2025 No. 1 pick on its roster. Penn State has the 2025 No. 1 pick on its roster. dark