MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)The Big Ten again looks to be one of the more competitive leagues in the country next season. There are several teams that can win the conference and potentially make the College Football Playoff.Which Big Ten teams have the hardest schedules? Which ones have the easiest?CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli has ranked each Big Ten team according to strength of schedule. He used factors such as game location, bye weeks and opponent’s past performances in his ranking.The easiest schedule in the league, according to Fornelli, belongs to Minnesota.Here’s why:Both Illinois and Iowa have FCS opponents, which dragged their schedules down. Minnesota does not, yet it still managed to finish last in these rankings. It’s thanks in large part to a nonconference schedule that includes New Mexico State, Fresno State and Miami (Ohio) all at home. In B1G play, the Gophers get Iowa, Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern at home, and have road trips against Maryland, Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin. So it won’t be easy, but compared to their Big Ten brethren, it might be easier than others.The Golden Gophers went 5-7 last season under new head coach P.J. Fleck. There’s a good chance they get back to a bowl in 2018.The schedule seems to be set up in their favor.You can read all of Fornelli’s schedule analysis here.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office,/TwitterUrban Meyer took some time out of his busy schedule on Wednesday to visit a sheriff’s deputy who was injured in a shootout over the weekend.Jacob Heaberlin, a seven-year veteran of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, was struck by a bullet during a shootout with a suspect on Saturday. He is currently hospitalized.Heaberlin received a major visitor this afternoon in Meyer, who did more than just spend time with the injured deputy.Meyer took some photos and signed an autograph as well. That’s really classy of him.Check it out.FROM A WARRIOR ON THE FIELD TO A WARRIOR ON OUR STREETS We would like to thank OSU Coach @OSUCoachMeyer for stopping by to visit Deputy Jacob Heaberlin in the hospital today after he was shot in the line of duty earlier this week. GO JAKE & GO BUCKS! #PoliceWeek2018 pic.twitter.com/Cs1WSWZ0Pe— Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (@OHFCSO) May 16, 2018Coach Meyer is a huge supporter of law enforcement and we appreciate that support. Deputy Jacob Heaberlin also appreciated the OSU bling that Coach brought him, along with this autographed Sheriff’s Office License Plate! Go Jake, Go Bucks! #PoliceWeek2018 pic.twitter.com/S5Ib8ehUsv— Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (@OHFCSO) May 16, 2018Well-done, Urban.Also, get well soon Officer Heaberlin.