Five bold, crazy, stupid, daring, wacky preseason Big Ten college football predictions for the 2018 season.
Daily Five: (Potentially) Stupid Preseason Big Ten Predictions
Before you get all hot and bothered with what you’re about to read …
Remember, it would’ve been a crazy thought before last season started that the Big Ten would come within a Michigan collapse of going unbeaten in the bowl season.
It would’ve seemed out there to suggest that Purdue was going to be a bit of a factor.
And while no one would’ve been too out-of-the-box to suggest that Iowa would upset Ohio State in Iowa City … 55-24?
They’re the wild, wacky, and crazy things that make each season fun, exciting and special. Throwing five (potentially) stupid predictions at the wall to see if they stick …
5. Maryland will actually have a healthy quarterback for more than a few games … and it’ll make a huge difference
Oh yes, Maryland fans, you’ve been hurt before.
Just when it seemed like something special was about to happen with Tyrrell Pigrome stepping in and rocking against Texas, he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Just when it seemed like all was fine after star recruit Kasim Hill filled in for Pigrome to close out the win over the Longhorns on the way to a 2-0 start, he suffered a season-ending injury early in the loss to UCF.
In all, eight Terps attempted a pass last season. Four different quarterbacks saw meaningful time in 2016, four got real work in 2015, and rotations have been the norm ever since Danny O’Brien’s freshman season in 2010.
On the plus side, the injuries to Pigrome and Hill happened so early that they’re fine and ready to go. Max Bortenschlager made a big impact last year, too, before he got hurt. He adds another veteran into the quarterback race, and now, Maryland is very, very deep in case the annual disaster strikes again.
The Terps will have healthy enough quarterbacks to beat Texas (again) in the season opener on the way to a solid bowl season, and DJ Durkin’s program will be a thing going into 2019.