1. Michigan 12-0
I will catch a lot of flak for this pick, but I think with almost the whole offensive unit returning with some serious talent lead by Josh Gattis and the always dangerous Don Brown defense will be enough. We will see Michigan run the table and get the elusive win versus Ohio State.
It would have to be the uncertainty on how much control Josh Gattis has. If he truly has full control, this could be a dangerous offense.
Until proven otherwise, it has to be the Don Brown led defense that is chalk full of talent even if they are losing Chase Winovich, Rashan Gary, and Devin Bush
2. Ohio State 11-1
Ohio State will lose it’s final game to Michigan which will rub a lot of people wrong given the dominant streak they have been in.
It has to be the Quarterback position, Fields is an All-Star prospect but if he cant stay healthy, Ohio State should be worried about their season slipping with only two grad transfer backups that have minimal playing time and a walk on that hasn’t played a snap of college football.
It’s Ohio State that have been historically dominate as of late, when playing perfect, they can beat anybody.
*losses to Michigan*
3.) Penn State 9-3
Penn State is going to have a strong defense that will keep them in games, but it’ll all depend on how Sean Clifford is able to perform at Quarterback. This will be a offensive rebuilding year for sure but don’t ever count a James Franklin team out.
It’s the offense, will it be enough to win games? Or will they flounder?
James Franklin has led the Nittany Lions out of the sanction era and a win away from a Playoff Berth, add in a Micah Parsons led defense and it should be great year.
*losses to Michigan, Ohio State, and Pitt*
4. Michigan state 8-4
This a Michigan State team that is coming off a mediocre year where they struggled to move the ball offensively which cost them games. Rocky Lombardi has to take a step forward or Michigan State is in for a long year. Fortunately enough, they return Kenny Willekes and a ton of other starters, they should be fine on that side of the ball.
Rocky Lombardi was alright in line 3 start last year going 2-1 he still has time to improve but there are going to be growing pains this season with him or the current starter Brian Lewerke.
Kenny Willekes is back and off a stellar year, look for him to anchor this defensive unit which will be formidable.
*losses to Arizona State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn state*
5.) Indiana 6-6
The Indiana football program is a perennial team that always pushes the better teams to the limit but ultimately still loses. This season won’t be any different
Turn overs, Indiana turns the ball over so consistently it’s hard for them to get into rhythm.
The program is slowly improving, the defense has gotten better over the years and will continue to do so.
*losses to Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Purdue*
6. Maryland 5-7
Maryland had a rough season last year when they hired Mike Locksley to turn the program around. He has some talented players to work with but undoubtedly will struggle in a loaded Big Ten east.
Can the defense keep up? Maryland was not the greatest team defensively last season along with an atrocious passing offense. Maryland will struggle, it’s up to Mike Locksley to change that.
The offense has talented running backs that can run on almost anybody if given enough space. The offensive line needs to do better to allow the running backs more freedom.
*losses to Michigan, Ohio State Michigan State, Penn State, Maryland, Purdue, and Indiana*
7. Rutgers 2-10
Rutgers has been a bottom feeder team ever since its entered the Big Ten and there is nothing to show that indicates that will change now.
Special Teams is probably Rutgers strongest part of their team but there are times where they can’t that right either.
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