3 Bold, Nutty, Second Half Big Ten Predictions To Throw At The Wall And See If They Stick
1. Penn State will be in the College Football Playoff Discussion
The Nittany Lions will roll through the second half of their schedule – including wins over Michigan State, at Michigan and Wisconsin – to get to 11-1. At that point, they’ll either need 1) Ohio State to lose two games or 2) Ohio State to go ballistic and be a no-doubter College Football Playoff team as the 13-0 Big Ten champ. If that happens, and the lone loss for the Nittany Lions was a 27-26 thriller to the juggernaut, on a four-best-team basis, they’re going to at least be in the discussion.
2. Iowa WIll Hang Around The Big Ten West RacE Until The End
Wisconsin is probably going to lose two more games. The secondary is awful, and the D as a whole is just okay compared to last year. With road games at Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern and Purdue, the Badgers will drop two of those four – all four teams have quarterbacks who can throw. Meanwhile, Iowa will keep on charging along picking up win after win.
However, it’ll lose at Penn State, meaning it’ll need the Badgers to lose three times to take the West and get into the Big Ten Championship. The Hawkeyes will end up going 10-2 on the year, but they’ll need Minnesota to take care of business with Bucky in the regular season finale, and it won’t.
3. Nebraska Will Make a Stunning Late Charge for Bowl ELigibility
It’ll stun Northwestern in Evanston, beat Minnesota, and get by Bethune-Cookman to start to get on a roll. The passing game will overcome the bad defense, and the horrendous penalties are going to slow down. They’ll lose at Ohio State, but beat Illinois in Lincoln, and then shock Michigan State to get to 5-6. And then comes the wall … the Huskers will lose at Iowa. However, even if they don’t get this hot, they’ll have a better second half and ramp up the excitement for 2019.