The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 10

We now turn our attention to the heart of America. The Midwest. The Heartland. This is Big 10 country.

It was just a few years ago that the Big 10 was getting beat again and again in National Championship games.

But then Ohio State restored the conference reputation by winning it all in 2014. And just like that, the Big 10 was back in a big way.

Of course, Michigan State burned that reputation to the ground last year in the Cotton Bowl, but nevermind that. Let’s look at what will happen this season.



Big 10 East

1. Michigan Wolverines

Predicted finish: 11-1   

It isn’t that we think the Wolverines are more talented than everyone else, but they have enough talent and an early soft schedule should get them off to a fast start. Plus, this is the type of season where Jim Harbaugh excels: when the expectations are still low, and the hatred and loathing for him hasn’t yet reached its eventual peak.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes   

Predicted finish: 10-2

Urban Meyer lost a number of talented players from a year ago. So now we see whether he is up to the challenge of transforming this young roster into a contender, or if he starts clutching his chest and talking about “spending more time with the fam” again.

3. Michigan State Spartans

Predicted finish:: 9-3   

The Spartans offense will get a new look this year as three year starter Connor Cook is gone. They will miss his leadership, his poise, and his ability to rip the Big 10 trophy from legendary Ohio State players without the slightest remorse.

4. Penn State Nittany Lions

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Gone is Happy Valley favorite quarterback Christian Hackenburg, who the Nittany Lions allowed to be sacked 39 times last season alone. So maybe they didn’t like him all that much afterall.

5. Indiana Hoosiers

Predicted finish: 6-6   

The Hoosiers are showing some signs of improvement under head coach Kevin Wilson, as they averaged nearly 37 points per game last year. Of course the defense allowed nearly 38 points per game. So don’t pass yourself on the back too much there, Kev.

6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Rutgers finished 4-8 in 2015 and head coach Kyle Flood was suspended and then dismissed amid numerous off the field transgressions by players. New head coach Chris Ash will have enough to worry about just keeping his kids in line, let alone winning. Of course, this is Rutgers, no one really  expects them to win anything anyway.

7. Maryland Terrapins

Predicted finish: 5-7   

Last June, Maryland administration gave head coach Randy Edsall a $3 million dollar extension and told us what a bright future he had. Just four months later, they fired Edsall after the Terps started off 2-4. Now they have hired DJ Durkin and are telling us that he will lead them back to prominence. And I believe them. Don’t you?

Big 10 West

1. Iowa Hawkeyes

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Iowa had a historic season last year. They finished the season 12-2 and went undefeated in the regular season for the first time in 93 years. So I guess they should be due for another big season in about 2108. Can’t wait.

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers   

Predicted finish: 8-4   

Nebraska found new and inventive ways to lose games in 2015, dropping five games by five points or less. The schedule starts off with some winnable games early on and then the Husker can revert to their creative ways down the stretch.

3. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Predicted finish: 8-4

Minnesota was 6-7 last year, but that was against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. This season will be more manageable,  but I mean, this is Minnesota and much like the hometown Vikings…I think we all know this will probably end in disappointment.

4. Wisconsin Badgers

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Badgers are hoping their defense can stay stingy, and they are hoping for big things from Jr linebacker TJ Watts – brother of NFL great JJ Watt. Can TJ bring QB pressure like his brother? Can he force fumbles? Will he wear a t-shirt two sizes too small? Stay tuned!

5. Northwestern Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Northwestern exceeded expectations last year, winning 10 games for the first time in 20 years. But the schedule won’t be quite as forgiving this year, so get ready for a return to reality, you purple wearing geeks.

6. Illinois Fighting Illini

Predicted finish: 6-6   

How tough is it to win at the University of Illinois? Head coach Lovie Smith actually misses working with Jay Cutler and winning five games in a single season.

7. Purdue Boilermakers   

Predicted finish: 3-9   

Purdue football is so bad that they are going to finish 14th in a conference called the “Big 10”.

Did you miss the Daly Dose ACC preview?

Coming on Tuesday: the Daly Dose Big 12 Preview!

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