2018 Big Ten Outlook

The Big Ten

 Big ten East, projected Standings:                                                Overall     Conf.

Michigan                                                                                             12-1           8-1

Michigan St.                                                                                        10-2          7-2

Ohio St.                                                                                                10-2          7-2

Penn St.                                                                                                8-4           5-4

Maryland                                                                                             6-6           4-5

Indiana                                                                                                 3-9           1-8

Rutgers                                                                                                  2-10        0-9

Big Ten West

Wisconsin                                                                                            10-3         7-2

Iowa                                                                                                       7-5           6-3

Northwestern                                                                                      7-5           6-3

Minnesota                                                                                            6-6            4-5

Purdue                                                                                                  5-7           4-5

Nebraska                                                                                              6-6          3-6

Illinois                                                                                                  3-9          1-8

Short previews

Michigan: Now we’ll start on offense. They shouldn’t have to much trouble here as long as the offensive line can improve. Michigan has a lot of talent, like at QB they have Shea Patterson (graduate transfer from Ole Miss), At running back they have Karan Higdon, who had 164 attempts for 994 yards and 11 TDs, and they also have Chris Evans, At Tight End they have their returning leader in receiving, Sean Mckeon, who had 31 receptions for 301 yards and 3 TDs, finally at WR they have talent with Donovan Peoples-Jones,Grant Perry, and Tarik Black. Last year Michigan was 49th in the nation and 4th in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (177.7), But 111th in the nation and 11th in the Big ten in passing yards per game (171.2), But with Shea Patterson and some young and experienced WRs things could change if the O-Line can give him some time.

Now we’re going to talk about the Defense. Well, if you look at last years stats and how many players are returning it’s pretty obvious that Michigan is going to have one of the best defenses in the country. Last year Michigan was 13th in the nation and 3rd in the Big Ten in scoring defense (25.2), 18th in the nation and 6th in the Big Ten in Rushing yards allowed per game (120.9), and 1st in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (150.1), And they have 8 PLAYERS COMING BACK on that defense.

So if Michigan’s offensive line can improve and Shea Patterson meets his expectations, Michigan should be able to win the Big ten and maybe even make it to the CFP.

Schedule 12-1 8-1

Notre Dame W

Western Michigan W

SMU W

Nebraska W

Northwestern W

Maryland W

Wisconsin W

Michigan St. L

Penn St. W

Rutgers W

Indiana W

Ohio St. W

Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin W

Michigan St. I would just like to say 10 starters are coming back to a decent Offense that got’em to a 10-3 season and 9 returning to a defense that was second in the nation in rush defense and 7th total. So overall Michigan St. should be a contender in Big ten and even for the playoffs.

Schedule 10-2 7-2

Utah St. W

Arizona St. W

Indiana W

Central Michigan W

Northwestern L

Penn St. W

Michigan W

Purdue L

Maryland W

Ohio St. W

Nebraska W

Rutgers W

Ohio St. All I have to say about them is that they lost some crucial players on defense and J.T. Barrett, but they do have J.K. Dobbins who should be a strong Heisman contender, but I think every team but Ohio St. and maybe Rutgers, Illinois, and Purdue will improve. But they should be a major contender in Big ten and for the CFP.

Schedule 10-2 7-2

Oregon St. W

Rutgers W

TCU W

Tulane W

Penn St. W

Indiana W

Minnesota W

Purdue W

Nebraska W

Michigan St. L

Maryland W

Michigan L

Penn St. They should still be great on offense but on defense they only have 2 returning starters So depth should be a big problem.

Schedule 8-4  5-4

Appalachian St. W

Pittsburgh W

Illinois W

Ohio St. L

Michigan St. L

Indiana W

Iowa W

Michigan L

Wisconsin L

Rutgers W

Maryland W

Maryland, suffered many crucial injuries especially at QB, but should do a lot better this year.

Schedule 6-6 4-5

Texas L

Bowling Green W

Temple W

Minnesota W

Michigan L

Rutgers W

Iowa L

Illinois W

Michigan St. L

Indiana W

Ohio St. L

Penn St. L

 Indiana schedule 3-9 1-8

Florida International W

Virginia L

Ball St. W

Michigan St. L

Rutgers W

Ohio St. L

Iowa L

Penn St. L

Minnesota L

Maryland L

Michigan L

Purdue L

Rutgers schedule 2-10 0-9

Texas St. W

Ohio St. L

Kansas W

Buffalo L

Indiana L

Illinois L

Maryland L

Northwestern L

Wisconsin L

Michigan L

Penn St. L

Michigan St. L

Wisconsin: On offense they should be good, especially with Jonathan Taylor who had 299 attempts for 1,977 yds., and 13 TDs. On defense they should be good, but depth will be a problem.

Schedule 10-3 7-2

Western Kentucky W

New Mexico W

BYU W

Iowa L

Nebraska W

Michigan L

Illinois W

Northwestern W

Rutgers W

Penn St. W

Purdue W

Minnesota W

Big ten Champ: Michigan L

Iowa: Iowa should do great this season especially on offense. They have Nate Stanley (QB) coming back and Noah Fant (TE), and Wide Receiver Nick Easley. But on defense depth will be an issue.

Schedule 7-5 6-3

Northern Illinois L

Iowa St. L

Northern Iowa W

Wisconsin W

Minnesota L

Indiana W

Maryland W

Penn St. L

Purdue L

Northwestern W

Illinois W

Nebraska W

 

Northwestern, I think they’ll do good, they have their QB Clayton Thorson who was 262-434, 12 int., 2,844 yards, and 15 TDs. They also have Jeremy Larkin.

Schedule 7-5 6-3

Purdue W

Duke L

Akron W

Michigan L

Michigan St. W

Nebraska W

Rutgers W

Wisconsin L

Notre Dame L

Iowa L

Minnesota W

Illinois W

Minnesota: Schedule 6-6 4-5

New Mexico St. W

Fresno St. L

Miami (OH) W

Maryland L

Iowa W

Ohio St. L

Nebraska L

Indiana W

Illinois W

Purdue W

Northwestern L

Wisconsin L

Purdue: Schedule 5-7 4-5

Northwestern L

Eastern Michigan W

Boston College L

Nebraska L

Illinois W

Ohio St. L

Michigan St. W

Iowa W

Minnesota L

Wisconsin L

Indiana W

Nebraska. Even though they have Scott Frost at Head Coach now, I don’t think they’ll be able to contend for the Big Ten West immediately it might take a few more seasons, But I do think think they will be able to make a bowl game.

Schedule 6-6 3-6

Akron W

Colorado W

Troy W

Michigan L

Purdue W

Wisconsin L

Northwestern L

Minnesota W

Ohio St. L

Illinois W

Michigan St. L

Iowa L

Illinois: schedule 3-9 1-8

Kent St. W

Western Illinois W

South Florida L

Penn St. L

Rutgers W

Purdue L

Wisconsin L

Maryland L

Minnesota L

Nebraska L

Iowa L

Northwestern L

The Big ten ranks.

  1. Michigan
  2. Michigan St.
  3. Ohio St.
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Penn St.
  6. Iowa
  7. Northwestern
  8. Nebraska
  9. Maryland
  10. Minnesota
  11. Purdue
  12. Indiana
  13. Illinois
  14. Rutgers

 

 

 

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