Big Ten Football: Bold Midseason Predictions, Bowl Projections

    The Big Ten has gone according to plan so far in the East - as crazy as it might have been - with Michigan State and Ohio State both unbeaten, but neither one has looked as good as expected. Meanwhile, Iowa has taken control of a better West than expected.

    October 20, 2015


    The Big Ten has gone according to plan so far in the East – as crazy as it might have been – with Michigan State and Ohio State both unbeaten, but neither one has looked as good as expected. Meanwhile, Iowa has taken control of a better West than expected. Check out the predictions for every game for the rest of the regular season.

    Big Ten Finish Will Be …

    Big Ten Championship: Ohio State over Iowa

    EAST
    1. Ohio State 12-0 (8-0)
    2. Michigan State 11-1 (7-1)
    3. Michigan 10-2 (7-1)
    4. Penn State 7-5 (3-5)
    5. Rutgers 5-7 (2-6)
    6. Indiana 6-6 (2-6)
    7. Maryland 3-9 (0-8)

    WEST
    1. Iowa 11-1 (7-1)
    2. Wisconsin 10-2 (7-1)
    3. Nebraska 8-4 (5-3)
    4. Northwestern 8-4 (4-4)
    5. Minnesota 5-7 (2-6)
    6. Illinois 5-7 (2-6)
    7. Purdue 1-11 (0-8)

    Big Ten Top Five Midseason Players: Offense

    1. RB Ezekiel Elliott, Jr. Ohio State
    2. WR Aaron Burbridge, Sr. Michigan State
    3. QB Connor Cook, Sr. Michigan State
    4. RB Jordan Canzeri, Sr. Iowa
    5. WR Leonte Carroo, Jr. Rutgers

    Big Ten Top Five Midseason Players: Defense

    1. DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State
    2. LB Raekwon McMillan, Soph. Ohio State
    3. CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa
    4. CB Jourdan Lewis, Jr. Michigan
    5. DT Adolphus Washington, Sr. Ohio State

    Big Ten Five Best Remaining Games

    1. Michigan State at Ohio State, Nov. 21
    2. Ohio State at Michigan, Nov. 28
    3. Michigan State at Nebraska, Nov. 7
    4. Iowa at Nebraska, Nov. 27
    5. Penn State at Michgian State, Nov. 28

    Big Ten Five Bold Calls

    1. There’s a better than average chance of the Big Ten having a nightmare of a time filling out bowl spots. Minnesota, Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana and Maryland could all finish under 6-6 – it’s going to take a big upset or two for each of them to get by, but one of them will.

    2. Nebraska is going to bounceback in a huge way. This might not be the special season Husker fans were hoping for, but for those who dogged the program for getting rid of a nine-win head coach in Bo Pelini, the Huskers will overcome a disastrous start to win eight games with a chance at nine in the bowl game.

    3. Wisconsin will be kicking itself for the 10-6 loss to Iowa. It’ll steamroll through the rest of the schedule and hope beyond hope that Iowa loses twice against its soft slate – it won’t happen. The Hawkeyes will lose to Nebraska in the regular season finale, but that’ll only mean they’ll be 11-1 going into the Big Ten title game and not 12-0.

    4. The Ohio State offense is going to blow up with J.T. Barrett being named the starter for the rest of the season. Cardale Jones will still see time here and there, but before Michigan State, Urban Meyer will say, “enough is enough“ and stick with J.T. For now.

    5. The Big Ten will have four teams worthy of being in the New Year’s Six, but won’t be able to get them all in with the CFP needing to take an automatic pick from the Group of Five and the Pac-12 for the Rose. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa will all finish ranked in the top 12, and Wisconsin won’t be far off.

    Big Ten Bowl Projections

    1. Ohio State, Orange
    2. Michigan State, Rose vs. Pac-12
    3. Iowa, Fiesta
    4. Wisconsin, Buffalo Wild Wings vs. SEC
    5. Michigan, Outback vs. SEC
    6. Penn State, National University Holiday vs. Pac-12

    7. Nebraska, Tax Slayer vs. SEC

    8. Northwestern, Pinstripe vs. ACC

    9. Indiana, Quick Lane vs. ACC

    Conditional: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces vs. Mountain West or Heart of Dallas vs. Conference USA, but not team projected available.

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