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2011 B1G Ten Predictions

Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Time to go out on a limb. How many of you will dare to publically commit?
At the end of the season, I will compare predictions to realities.

WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS
 
Nevada-Las Vegas at Wisconsin -- Badgers win.
Youngstown State at Michigan State -- Spartans win.
Northwestern at Boston College -- Eagles win. BC and NU are essentially equal on paper. The deciding factors are (1) a new Wildcat quarterback and (2) the game is at BC.
Arkansas State at Illinois -- Illini win.
Ball State vs. Indiana -- Cardinals win. BSU and IU are essentially equal on paper. The deciding factors are (1) 21 returning starters for BSU versus 14 for IU, (2) a new Hoosier quarterback, (3) a new IU head coach and those more than offset the IU home field advantage.
Tennessee Tech at Iowa -- Hawkeyes win.
Western Michigan at Michigan -- Wolverines win. Michigan is the better team on paper, but there are reasons to anticipate the potential upset: (1) UM is just emerging from a significant off the field drama, (2) UM has a new head coach, (3) UM defense has been on the carousel for 4 years and looks like this year will add to that streak, (4) UM is a young group that has not managed to play much as a team over the past 3 years and is somewhat lacking in senior leadership, and (5) Coach Hoke has not been successful in his first season at either Ball State (4-8-0) or San Diego State (4-8-0).
Tennessee-Chattanooga at Nebraska -- Cornhuskers win.
Akron at Ohio State -- Buckeyes win. Given the player suspensions and the associated drama/distractions of the NCAA investigation, had this game been at Akron, it would have been a difficult call.
Indiana State at Penn State -- Nittany Lions win.
Middle Tennessee State at Purdue -- Blue Raiders win. MTSU returns the more experienced team. PU is on a 6-game skid and is breaking in a new quarterback. Given the Boilermaker home field advantage this is almost predicting and upset, especially since MTSU has never beaten a B1G Ten team.
Minnesota at Southern California -- Trojans win.
South Florida at Notre Dame -- Fighting Irish win. The Fighting Irish home field advantage tips the balance of this otherwise evenly matched contest. Were the game at SFU, the Bulls would get the call.
 
WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS
 
South Dakota State at Illinois -- Illini win.
Virginia at Indiana -- Hoosiers win. This is an upset in the making. The IU home field advantage is offset by the coaching change. The Cavaliers both are on a 4-game losing streak and starting a new quarterback and that tips the balance in favor of the Hoosiers.
Iowa at Iowa State -- Hawkeyes win.
Notre Dame at Michigan -- Fighting Irish win. ND is the better team on paper and with the exceptions of starting a new quarterback and the game at UM have everything going their way. See WEEK 1, Western Michigan at Michigan for the Wolverine vulnerabilities.
Florida Atlantic at Michigan State -- Spartans win.
New Mexico State at Minnesota -- Golden Gophers win. This could be another upset waiting to happen. Both teams were in the bottom quartile last season, but NMSU brings back the more experienced team and Minnesota has a coaching change to offset the home field advantage. That said, the Aggies have not beaten a big school team in a long time.
Fresno State at Nebraska -- Cornhuskers win. FSU and Nebraska are not that disparant on paper, but Nebraska is the better team with the home field advantage.Don't be surprised if the Bulldogs give the Cornhuskers a good game.
Eastern Illinois at Northwestern -- Wildcats win.
Toledo at Ohio State -- Buckeyes win. OSU has won the prior 2 matches by a combined score of 87-0. While almost every factor favors OSU, do not be surprised if the Rockets give the Buckeyes a bit of a scare.
Alabama at Penn State -- Nittany Lions win. If this game were later in the season, the Crimson Tide would get the nod. PSU brings back the more experienced team and has the home field advantage. UA has a slightly better team on paper, but has a lot of vacancies to fill on both sides of the ball. Upset alert given for this one, though.
Purdue at Rice -- The Owls win. Purdue is slightly better on paper, but starts a new quarterback and Rice has the home field advantage and returns a slightly more experienced team.
Oregon State at Wisconsin -- Badgers win.
 
WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS
 
Northwestern at Army -- Black Knights win. The new Wildcat quarterback and the Army home field advantage will be enough.
Arizona State at Illinois -- Illini win. By week 3, a new quarterback should be settled in. However, the new Sun Devil coach and the Illini home field advantage favor a somewhat better, somewhat more experienced Illini team.
South Carolina State at Indiana -- Hoosiers win. Barely.
Pittsburgh at Iowa -- Hawkeyes win. By week 3, a new quarterback should be settled in. However, the new Panthers coach and the Hawkeye home field advantage favor a slightly better, slightly more experienced Iowa team.
Ohio State at Miami (FL) -- Hurricanes win in an upset. In spite of the Miami coaching change, the home field advantage and the OSU coach/player suspensions make the Buckeyes vulnerable and without their best senior leaders, they stumble.
Eastern Michigan at Michigan -- Wolverines win.
Miami (OH) at Minnesota -- Redhawks win. The only advantage Minnesota has is the home field and that will prove to be insufficient.
Washington at Nebraska -- Cornhuskers win. Barely.
Michigan State at Notre Dame -- Spartans win. The Fighting Irish home field advantage has been something the Spartans have overcome in recent times. The Spartans hold the record of 6 consecutive wins in South Bend with that streak ended in 2009 in a game that literally came down to the last play. In the last 3 games, the home team has won, but in the prior 6 games, the visiting team won. The Spartans are coming off their best season in school history with the talent to reload the positions vacated by graduation. ND will be starting a new quarterback. Given the nature of this game, an upset alert is declared.
Southeast Missouri State at Purdue -- Boilermakers win. This is the most probable upset in the first 3 weeks.
Penn State at Temple -- Nittany Lions win. The streak goes to 29.
Northern Illinois vs. Wisconsin -- Badgers win. Barely. New Huskies coach and Badgers home field advantage tip the balance.
 
WEEK 4 PREDICTIONS
 
Northwestern -
Purdue -
Western Michigan at Illinois -- Illini win. Hard to envision Illinois starting 4-0, but it looks like it could happen.
Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa -- Hawkeyes win.
San Diego State at Michigan -- Aztecs win. Barely. Both teams have new coaches with the added twist that Coach Hoke of Michigan came from SDSU. On paper, SDSU is the better team. See WEEK 1, Western Michigan at Michigan for the Wolverine vulnerabilities.
Central Michigan at Michigan State -- Spartans win. This is not the same Chippewa team that upset the Spartans in 2009.
North Dakota State at Minnesota -- Golden Gophers win. NDSU should win, but the call is for the upset.
Indiana at North Texas -- Mean Green wins. Barely. Home field advantage tips the decision.
Colorado at Ohio State -- Buckeys win.
Eastern Michigan at Penn State -- Nittany Lions win.
South Dakota at Wisconsin -- Badgers win.
Nebraska at Wyoming -- Cornhuskers win.
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh -- Panthers win. Barely. Home field advantage tips the scales.
 
WEEK 5 PREDICTIONS
 
Iowa -
Northwestern at Illinois -- Illini win. The Wildcat bye week is not enough.
Michigan State at Ohio State -- Spartans win. Barely. The Buckeyes will have the NCAA drama and the distraction of 5 suspended players plus head coach getting ready to rejoin the team immediately after the game. This game deserves an upset alert.
Nebraska at Wisconsin -- Badgers. Home field advantage is the difference. This game also deserves an upset alert.
Penn State at Indiana -- Nittany Lions win.
Minnesota at Michigan -- Wolverines win.
Notre Dame at Purdue -- Fighting Irish win.
 
WEEK 6 PREDICTIONS
 
Michigan State -
Wisconsin -
Ohio State at Nebraska -- Cornhuskers win. OSU has 5 key players that missed the first 5 games now starting.
Iowa at Penn State -- Hawkeyes win.
Minnesota at Purdue -- Boilermakers win.
Illinois at Indiana -- Illini win.
Michigan at Northwestern -- Wildcats win. The only differences between these 2 teams in 2010 was the degree of the bowl loss. The only differences between the 2 teams on paper for 2011 are the new Wildcat quarterback and the new Wolverine head coach. See WEEK 1, Western Michigan at Michigan for the Wolverine vulnerabilities. This game warrents an upset alert.
Air Force at Notre Dame -- Fighting Irish win. If the game were in other than South Bend, the call would go to the Falcons. Upset alert.
 
WEEK 7 PREDICTIONS
 
Minnesota -
Nebraska -
Notre Dame -
Ohio State at Illinois -- Buckeyes win.
Northwestern at Iowa -- Hawkeyes win.
Michigan at Michigan State -- Spartans win. 3 prior games won by a combined 95-53. Wolverine defense should be improved but the offense will be a slight bit less and there may be signs of life on special teams. The Spartans are better everywhere. See WEEK 1, Western Michigan at Michigan for the Wolverine vulnerabilities.
Purdue at Penn State -- Nittany Lions win.
Indiana at Wisconsin -- Badgers win.
 
WEEK 8 PREDICTIONS
 
Michigan -
Ohio State -
Indiana at Iowa -- Hawkeyes win.
Wisconsin at Michigan State -- Spartans win. Home field advantage is the difference. This game warrents an upset alert.
Penn State at Northwestern -- Nittany Lions win. Barely.
Nebraska at Minnesota -- Cornhuskers win.
Illinois at Purdue -- Boilermakers win. By rights the Illini should win, but this will be an upset.
Southern California at Notre Dame -- Trojans win. And get vengence for last season's loss.
 
WEEK 9 PREDICTIONS
 
Northwestern at Indiana -- Hoosiers win. Home field advantage tips the balance.
Purdue at Michigan -- Wolverines win.
Iowa at Minnesota -- Hawkeyes win.
Michigan State at Nebraska -- Spartans win. Barely. If the Spartans are 7-0 going into this game, and they may well be, then they will have momentum and confidence sufficient to overcome the Nebraska home field advantage. The great unknown is how badly beat up will the Spartans be from the prior week versus Wisconsin. Another upset alert.
Wisconsin at Ohio State -- Buckeyes win.  And get vengence for last season's loss.
Illinois at Penn State -- Nittany Lions win. State College is a definite home field advantage.
Navy at Notre Dame -- Fighting Irish win. 3 factors. ND home field advantage offsets what remains of bringing a new QB up to speed (should have been settled in the early weeks of the season) AND the Fighting Irish just will not allow the Midshipmen to get the three-fer.
 
WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS
 
Illinois -
Penn State -
Michigan at Iowa -- Hawkeyes win.
Minnesota at Michigan State -- Spartans win.
Northwestern at Nebraska -- Cornhuskers win.
Indiana at Ohio State -- Buckeyes win.
Purdue at Wisconsin -- Badgers win.
Notre Dame at Wake Forest -- Fighting Irish win.
 
WEEK 11 PREDICTIONS
 
Michigan at Illinois -- Illini win. Wolverines come off a tough loss at Iowa to meet a rested Illinois team at Illinois.
Wisconsin at Minnesota -- Badgers win.
Nebraska at Penn State -- Nittany Lions win. PSU should have good momentum going into this game and Nebraska will face a rested Paterno team. Home field advantage tips it to PSU.
Michigan State at Iowa -- Spartans win. Barely. This is the most difficult game of the entire season to call. Hawkeyes enjoy the home field advantage for the second week in a row. Spartans come off what should be an easy win over the Golden Gophers. Iowa collapsed after trouncing the Spartans in what was really a 3 play game. The Spartans and Hawkeyes should both be unbeaten going into the game and if that is the case, there will be a ton of distractions for each team. On paper, the teams are evenly matched. The win is given to the Spartans who should want it more, who should be itching for revenge. Major upset alert set for this one. Showdown in Iowa City!
Ohio State at Purdue -- Buckeyes win.
Rice at Northwestern -- Wildcats win.
Maryland at Notre Dame -- Fighting Irish win. Calling an upset alert.
 
WEEK 12 PREDICTIONS
 
Indiana at Michigan State -- Spartans win.
Iowa at Purdue -- Hawkeyes win.
Wisconsin at Illinois -- Badgers win. Barely.
Nebraska at Michigan -- Cornhuskers win.
Minnesota at Northwestern -- Wildcats win.
Penn State at Ohio State -- Buckeyes win. Barely. Penn State will becoming off a tough win versus Nebraska. OSU home field advantage tips the scale.
Boston College at Notre Dame -- Fighting Irish win.
 
WEEK 13 PREDICTIONS
 
Iowa at Nebraska -- Cornhuskers win.
Ohio State at Michigan -- Buckeyes win.
Illinois at Minnesota -- Illini win.
Purdue at Indiana -- Hoosiers win.
Michigan State at Northwestern -- Spartans win.
Penn State at Wisconsin -- Badgers win.
Notre Dame at Stanford -- Cardinals win.
 
WEEK 14 PREDICTIONS
(revised 6/27/2011)
 
The natural consequences of all of the above being correct is that the B1G Ten Championship will be:
Michigan State 13-0, 9-0, 5-0
Versus on of:
Ohio State 9-3, 6-2, 5-0
Wisconsin 10-2, 6-2, 4-1
 
Division standings are based on each team's overall conference record. In the event that two teams are tied, the head-to-head results between those two teams determines the tiebreaker.
 
Three or more-team procedure
 1. Collective head-to-head record among all tied teams.
 2. Record of the tied teams within the division.
 3. BCS Component.
 
Ohio State won the head-to-head and gets the nod.
(revised 6/27/2011)
  
Michigan State beat Ohio State in Week 5 and does so again for the Championship game.
(revised 6/27/2011)
  
FINAL CONFERENCE STANDINGS:
(revised 6/27/2011)
  
No.  1  Michigan State 13-0, 9-0, 6-0 (B1G Ten Champion)
No.  2  Ohio State 9-4, 6-3, 5-0
No.  2  Wisconsin 10-2, 6-2, 4-1
No.  2  Iowa 10-2, 6-2, 3-2
No.  5  Nebraska 9-3, 5-3, 4-1
No.  5  Penn State 9-3, 5-3, 3-2
No.  7  Illinois 8-4, 4-4, 1-4
No.  8  Michigan 4-8, 2-6, 1-4
No.  8  Northwestern 4-8, 2-6, 2-3
No.  8  Indiana 4-8, 2-6, 1-4
No.  8  Purdue 3-9, 2-6, 1-4
No.  12  Minnesota 2-10, 0-8, 0-5
 
WEEK 15 PREDICTIONS
 
Navy at Army -- Midshipment win.

Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:14 pm
 

2011 B1G Ten Predictions

Given the clarification of the automatic bid rules, the championship game will be Wisconsin versus Michigan State.

The regular season prediction is that the Spartans win due to home field advantage in an otherwise even matchup.

Wisconsin will ends the regular season with a 4-win streak: Purdue, at Minnesota, at Illinois, PSU.
MSU will end the season undefeated. The last 4 games are Minnesota, at Iowa, Indiana, at NW.

Neutral site, momentum, but a somewhat tougher end of season slate. Still, barring injuries, I think the Spartans have the edge. Definitely will be one of the best matchups of the year.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:01 pm
 

2011 B1G Ten Predictions

But aren't MSU and Nebraska both in the new "Legends" division? They couldn't play for the title because it is Leaders champ vs. Legends champ.
Further research clarifies a somewhat confusing set of rules.

Yes. The championship game will be a team from the Legends division versus a team from the Leaders division.

However, the bids will be given to the one team from each division with the greatest number of conference wins. That means a team could win all 5 of its division games and miss the championship game.

B1G Ten Championship Selection Criteria

Division standings are based on each team's overall conference record. In the event that two teams are tied, the head-to-head results between those two teams determines the tiebreaker.

Three or more-team procedure
1. Collective head-to-head record among all tied teams.
2. Record of the tied teams within the division.
3. BCS Component.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:50 pm
 

2011 B1G Ten Predictions

Week 11
Michigan at Illinois…Wolverines
Wisconsin at Minnesota…Badgers
Nebraska at Penn St…Cornhuskers
Michigan St. at Iowa…Hawkeyes
Ohio St. at Purdue…Buckeyes
Rice at Northwestern…Wildcats
Maryland at Notre Dame…Irish

I can't agree with the MSU at Iowa prediction. Iowa lost too much from last year and ended last season by falling on their face (3 games lost). Most of the preseason polls do not include Iowa in the top 25 and only a few in the top 50. If the pundits can be believed, MSU has the better team.

Last year's match was decided by 3 early plays. 2 were drive ending interceptions and one was a questionable call that kept alive a Hawkeye drive. Those early 21 points decided the game. Momentum and, yes, home field, carried the Hawkeyes through the rest of the game.\

That game does not define how this year will go. In fact, it could backfire by making Iowa a little too cocky.

Week 8
Indiana at Iowa…Hawkeyes
Wisconsin at Michigan St…Badgers
Penn St. at Northwestern…Nittany Lions
Nebraska at Minnesota…Cornhuskers
Illinois at Purdue…Boilermakers
Southern Cal at Notre Dame…Trojans
The Wisconsin at MSU game will be a critical game in the Big Ten this coming season. Most polls and pundits place those 2 teams at the top of the pre-season heap. Wisconsin loses just a little bit more than MSU from last year's team and Wisconsin returns to E. Lansing where they were soundly beaten last fall. Hence, my prediction differs from yours.
Week 9
Northwestern at Indiana…Wildcats
Purdue at Michigan…Wolverines
Iowa at Minnesota…Hawkeyes
Michigan St. at Nebraska…Cornhuskers
Wisconsin at Ohio St…Badgers
Illinois at Penn St…Illini
Navy at Notre Dame…Irish
If there is any game that is more uncertain than the MSU at Nebraska game, I'd be surprised. I called the Spartans but with an upset alert.

Anyway, thanks for playing.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:07 am
 

2011 B1G Ten Predictions

Indiana will upset a few this year. I think they'll beat BSU, and I think they'll have a better record than 4-8.




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:57 pm
 

2011 B1G Ten Predictions

Yeah I did end up reading that in your other blog..this seems very odd to me.  Do any of the other conferences do it this way?

That kind of flies in the face of a division split, IMO..wonder how often it would occur to have a title game with reps from the same division?



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:10 pm
 

2011 B1G Ten Predictions

But aren't MSU and Nebraska both in the new "Legends" division? They couldn't play for the title because it is Leaders champ vs. Legends champ.
Actually, the divisions and B1G Ten Championship are not set up that way. I posted the selection for the championship game in the original blog post.

Division standings are based on each team's overall conference record. In the event that two teams are tied, the head-to-head results between those two teams determines the tiebreaker.

Three or more-team procedure
1. Collective head-to-head record among all tied teams.
2. Record of the tied teams within the division.
3. BCS Component.
It comes down to the most conference wins, first. So, a team could "win" its division and not make the championship game.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 3:20 pm
 

2011 B1G Ten Predictions

I will too go out on a limb, here are my full predictions.

Week 1
UNLV at Wisconsin…Badgers
Youngstown St. at Michigan St…Spartans
Northwestern at Boston College…Wildcats (isn’t Persa coming back?)
Arkansas St. at Illinois…Illini
Ball St. at Indiana…Cardinals
Tennessee Tech at Iowa…Hawkeyes
Western Michigan at Michigan…Broncos
Tennessee-Chattanooga at Nebraska…Cornhuskers
Akron at Ohio St…Buckeyes
Indiana St. at Penn St…Nittany Lions
Middle Tennessee St. at Purdue…Boilermakers
Minnesota at Southern Cal…Trojans
South Florida at Notre Dame…Irish

Week 2
South Dakota St. at Illinois…Illini
Virginia at Indiana…Cavaliers
Iowa at Iowa St…Hawkeyes
Notre Dame at Michigan…Irish
Florida Atlantic at Michigan St…Spartans
New Mexico St. at Minnesota…Golden Gophers
Fresno St. at Nebraska…Cornhuskers
Eastern Illinois at Northwestern…Wildcats
Toledo at Ohio St…Buckeyes
Alabama at Penn St…Crimson Tide
Purdue at Rice…Boilermakers
Oregon St. at Wisconsin…Beavers

Week 3
Northwestern at Army…Wildcats
Arizona St. at Illinois…Sun Devils
South Carolina St. at Indiana…Hoosiers
Pittsburgh at Iowa…Panthers
Ohio St. at Miami (FL)…Buckeyes
Eastern Michigan at Michigan…Wolverines
Miami (OH) at Minnesota…Redhawks
Washington at Nebraska…Huskies
Michigan St. at Notre Dame…Spartans
Southeast Missouri St. at Purdue…Boilermakers
Penn St. at Temple…Nittany Lions
Northern Illinois at Wisconsin…Badgers

Week 4
Western Michigan at Illinois…Illini
Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa…Hawkeyes
San Diego St. at Michigan…Wolverines
Central Michigan at Michigan St…Spartans
North Dakota St. at Minnesota…Bison
Indiana at North Texas…Hoosiers
Colorado at Ohio St…Buckeyes
Eastern Michigan at Penn St…Nittany Lions
South Dakota at Wisconsin…Badgers
Nebraska at Wyoming…Cornhuskers
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh…Irish

Week 5
Northwestern at Illinois…Wildcats
Michigan St. at Ohio St…Spartans
Nebraska at Wisconsin…Cornhuskers win their Big Ten debut in a great game
Penn St. at Indiana…Nittany Lions
Minnesota at Michigan…Wolverines
Notre Dame at Purdue…Irish

Week 6
Ohio St. at Nebraska…Cornhuskers
Iowa at Penn St…Nittany Lions
Minnesota at Purdue…Golden Gophers
Illinois at Indiana…Illini
Michigan at Northwestern…Wildcats
Air Force at Notre Dame…Irish

Week 7
Ohio St. at Illinois…Buckeyes
Northwestern at Iowa…Wildcats
Michigan at Michigan St…Spartans
Purdue at Penn St…Nittany Lions
Indiana at Wisconsin…Badgers

Week 8
Indiana at Iowa…Hawkeyes
Wisconsin at Michigan St…Badgers
Penn St. at Northwestern…Nittany Lions
Nebraska at Minnesota…Cornhuskers
Illinois at Purdue…Boilermakers
Southern Cal at Notre Dame…Trojans

Week 9
Northwestern at Indiana…Wildcats
Purdue at Michigan…Wolverines
Iowa at Minnesota…Hawkeyes
Michigan St. at Nebraska…Cornhuskers
Wisconsin at Ohio St…Badgers
Illinois at Penn St…Illini
Navy at Notre Dame…Irish

Week 10
Michigan at Iowa…Hawkeyes
Minnesota at Michigan St…Spartans
Northwestern at Nebraska…Cornhuskers
Indiana at Ohio St…Buckeyes
Purdue at Wisconsin…Badgers
Notre Dame at Wake Forest…Demon Deacons

Week 11
Michigan at Illinois…Wolverines
Wisconsin at Minnesota…Badgers
Nebraska at Penn St…Cornhuskers
Michigan St. at Iowa…Hawkeyes
Ohio St. at Purdue…Buckeyes
Rice at Northwestern…Wildcats
Maryland at Notre Dame…Irish

Week 12
Indiana at Michigan St…Spartans
Iowa at Purdue…Hawkeyes
Wisconsin at Illinois…Badgers
Nebraska at Michigan…Cornhuskers
Minnesota at Northwestern…Wildcats
Penn St. at Ohio St…Buckeyes
Boston College at Notre Dame…Irish

Week 13
Iowa at Nebraska…Hawkeyes
Ohio St. at Michigan…Buckeyes
Illinois at Minnesota…Golden Gophers
Purdue at Indiana…Boilermakers
Michigan St. at Northwestern…Spartans
Penn St. at Wisconsin…Badgers
Notre Dame at Stanford…Cardinal

 

Final Regular Season Standings

Leaders
Wisconsin  10-2, 7-1, 5-0
Ohio St.  9-3, 5-3, 4-1
Penn St.  7-5, 4-4, 2-3
Purdue  5-7, 2-6, 2-3  (head-to-head over Illinois)
Illinois  5-7, 2-6, 2-3
Indiana  2-10, 0-8, 0-5

Legends
Nebraska  10-2, 7-1, 4-1
Iowa  9-3, 6-2, 4-1
Michigan St.  9-3, 5-3, 3-2  (head-to-head over NW)
Northwestern  9-3, 5-3, 3-2
Michigan  5-7, 3-5, 1-4
Minnesota  3-9, 2-6, 0-5

Setting up a rematch between Wisconsin and Nebraska for the Big Ten Championship.  I think the Badgers avenge the regular season defeat and beat the Huskers to advance to the Rose Bowl for the 2nd consecutive year.

Bowl bid #2 goes to Nebraska, #3 to Iowa, #4 to Ohio St., #5 to Michigan St., #6 to Northwestern, and #7 to Penn St.

Irish finish 8-4, a game better than last season.  They go to a slightly higher-tier bowl game, perhaps one on New Year's Day.

Also..

ARMY WILL BEAT NAVY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS!!!


Will be interesting to see how close we come at season's end.  I for one, will be back to compare my predictions to reality.




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:49 am
 

2011 B1G Ten Predictions

Interesting predictions, and well thought out.

But aren't MSU and Nebraska both in the new "Legends" division?  They couldn't play for the title because it is Leaders champ vs. Legends champ.

In your scenario it would actually be a rematch of MSU-OSU for the championship seeing that OSU and Wisky are both 6-2 in conference play and OSU wins the head-to-head and thus the Leaders division.   MSU trumps Nebraska and Iowa in the Legends.

I don't see MSU going undefeated though they have a good team..a couple on that schedule could trip them up. They will probably go 2-2 with ND, Wisky, Nebraska, and OSU.  9-3 for OSU seems right, maybe even 8-4.




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