We now bring you a free preview of the Big 10 Conference! Can Ohio State go back to back? Can Jim Harbaugh make Michigan relevant? Can we get through an entire season without Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez naming himself to coach another game? We answer those questions and more!
Ohio State Buckeyes
|12-0||Did head coach Urban Meyer completely revive Ohio State? Did he bring back the Big 10 conference from the dead? Will he be retiring soon to spend more time with his family? The answer to all three questions is most likely “yes”.|
|Michigan State Spartans||11-1||The Spartans feel like they never get the respect that they deserve simply because their name isn’t Michigan or Ohio State. Well I am picking them to go 11-1 but only because their name is Michigan State.|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||8-4||Head coach James Franklin did an admirable job of solidifying the Nittany Lions last season but they are probably a year away from really competing for a Big 10 crown. So sorry Penn State fans, but you should just wait until next year to watch any games.|
|Michigan Wolverines||7-5||Jim Harbaugh comes back to Michigan which is exciting for the Big 10 conference and for Michigan fans. But let’s be honest…we would all rather have his brother John, right?|
|Maryland Terrapins||6-6||The Terrapins actually beat Penn State and Michigan last year. Okay they weren’t really the strong Penn State and Michigan teams that we traditionally think of but I mean come on…this is Maryland. And this isn’t lacrosse.|
|Indiana Hoosiers||6-6||If QB Nate Sudfeld can stay healthy, and the defense can hold up, the Hoosiers could give their fans something to half-heartedly watch until basketball season starts.|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||5-7||The Scarlet Knights lost to Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin last season by a combined score of 180-44 but here at the Daly Dose we are all about keeping it positive this year. I am positive that Rutgers will get pounded by each one of those teams again this year too.|
|9-3||Wisconsin returns a number of starters from last year including senior QB Joel Stave but the Badgers are going to be inexperienced on their offensive line. Ironic that Wisconsin is a little thin on big white guys, isn’t it?|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||8-4||Minnesota returns some talent this season from a very efficient team that went 8-5 in 2014 and hopes are high. Unfortunately their schedule includes TCU, @Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Dreams dashed.|
|Nebraska Cornhuskers||8-4||Nebraska won nine or more games in each of Bo Pelini’s seven seasons and he was run out of town by a fan base that is both totally rational and completely realistic. Enter Mike Riley who won nine or more games just four times in 15 seasons at Oregon State. Mike, I’ve got some bad news for you…|
|Iowa Hawkeyes||7-5||Remember when the Hawkeyes were winning 10 games every season and head coach Kirk Ferentz was one of the hottest prospects in football? I didn’t think so.|
|Northwestern Wildcats||6-6||I’m betting big money that at some point this year head coach Pat Fitzgerald screams the sentence “maybe you should have spent a little more time practicing and a little less time unionizing!”|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||6-6||The Fighting Illini allowed 456 yards per game last season. Offensive players on opposing teams are calling their friends and family with start times for the Illinois game this year.|
|Purdue Boilermakers||3-9||Sorry, Purdue just doesn’t have the playmakers to compete in the Big 10 this season. Or any other season. Or any other conference.|
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