CFN Big Ten Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections

CFN Big Ten Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections

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CFN Big Ten Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections


Before spring football kicks in, how do the win totals look for all of the Big Ten teams? Here’s where the bar should be set … for now.

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Just how good are all of the Big Ten teams? There are still plenty of injuries, suspensions, and depth chart changes to come over the next several months – and spring football still has to kick in – but here’s the first look.

Based off of the schedules, timing of the big games, and the talent coming back, here’s around where the win total futures should be set.

The win total line projections are based on the regular season – bowl games or conference championships don’t count. And remember, this is a cold business. The investment market will set the line as the offseason goes on.

Big Ten East

Indiana Hoosiers

The Hoosiers have a nice team returning. The offensive skill spots are strong, but the line will need a little while. The defensive front has to do some work, and the linebacking corps is questionable, but the O should keep up in shootouts.

The schedule is set up for six wins – or close. Ball State, Eastern Illinois, UConn and – coming off a week off – Rutgers. Start with those four wins, and can the Hoosiers come up with two more? They’ll be the underdog in almost every other game.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 6
2018 Record: 5-7
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Maryland Terrapins

The Terps will beat Howard, and they’ll struggle against the East big boys – Ohio State and Michigan State are road games – but there are more than enough 50/50 games to push for a bowl season under Mike Locksley.

The Terps have the running backs and receivers – and now they have the quarterback in Virginia Tech’s Josh Jackson – but they don’t have the offensive line early on. The defensive front is gutted, but the secondary should enough of a strength to work the D around.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 6
2018 Record: 5-7
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Michigan Wolverines

Talent isn’t an issue. The Wolverines have the skill players and the main men on the offensive line to come up with an even stronger season on that side of the ball. The defense should be a killer again, even with some key parts missing.

But can it all translate into a special College Football Playoff caliber season? Getting to at least six wins is a given with this schedule, but going to Wisconsin and Penn State and hosting Iowa, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State is scary.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 9.5
2018 Record: 10-3
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans should be a lot better this year – at least offensively. The experience is there with all five starters back up front, and the skill players are too good to not be able to do something more.

Going on the road to deal with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan equals a big, big problem. Throw in home games against Penn State, Arizona State, and even Maryland, and it’ll be tough to get to nine wins.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 8.5
2018 Record: 7-6
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Ohio State Buckeyes

Can Ryan Day pull off another Big Ten championship season? He’s got his quarterback in Justin Fields, and the defense is loaded with enough talent to be deep in the hunt for the College Football Playoff. The O has to be more consistent, and Fields has to be the real deal.

The non-conference schedule is a breeze, and Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State are all at home. The Michigan showdown is on the road, but it’s Michigan – you know how that’s going to go. But because of the coaching change and the uncertainty on offense, it’s not going to be an interesting projection throughout the offseason.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 10
2018 Record: 13-1
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Penn State Nittany Lions

The Nittany Lions have enough stars on defense to be fantastic, but is the quarterback situation going to be okay? Will the offense be more consistent? The O line should be terrific, and the skill guys are there.

There are enough winnable games to provide a nice base – the non-conference schedule is a relative breeze – and the Big Ten slate isn’t awful beyond road games at Ohio State and Michigan State.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 9
2018 Record: 9-4
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis   

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

It’s been said before, but Rutgers should be stronger this year. The passing game has upside, the receiving corps is full of veterans, and there’s just enough defense to be okay.

The Scarlet Knights are going to win more than one game – they’re not going to lose to UMass or Liberty. They’re also overdue for a big upset or two, but road games at Iowa, Michigan and Penn State, and home dates against Ohio State and Michigan State, will make it almost impossible to come up with a massive season.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 3.5
2018 Record: 1-11
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis   

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