2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

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2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

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BIG TEN EAST

Big Ten Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Indiana Hoosiers

For yet another year, the chance to get to six wins is likely going to come down to the regular season finale against Purdue. Along the way, there should be wins over Ball State, Eastern Illinois, UConn and Rutgers for a nice base of four wins, but where’s No. 5 and 6? The Hoosiers will be underdogs against everyone else.

2018 Record: 5-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 5-7

Aug. 31 Ball State (in Indy)
Sept. 7 Eastern Illinois
Sept. 14 Ohio State
Sept. 21 UConn
Sept. 28 at Michigan State
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Rutgers
Oct. 19 at Maryland
Oct. 26 at Nebraska
Nov. 2 Northwestern
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Penn State
Nov. 23 Michigan
Nov. 30 at Purdue
Full Schedule Analysis

Maryland Terrapins

The team should be solid, Josh Jackson comes in from Virginia Tech to potentially take over at quarterback, and … Mike Locksley is the head coach. Do you believe that he’s ready to make Maryland a winner? Find the sure-thing wins on the slate after the opener against Howard – and that includes the trip to Rutgers. The Terps should get to six wins, but it’s not going to be easy.

2018 Record: 5-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Howard
Sept. 7 Syracuse
Sept. 14 at Temple
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Penn State
Oct. 5 at Rutgers
Oct. 12 at Purdue
Oct. 19 Indiana
Oct. 26 at Minnesota
Nov. 2 Michigan
Nov. 9 at Ohio State
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 Nebraska
Nov. 30 at Michigan State
Full Schedule Analysis

Michigan Wolverines

It’s not an easy schedule by any means with road games at Wisconsin and Penn State, but Notre Dame is a home game and Ohio State has to come to Ann Arbor. There are landmines, though, with Army not a pushover, Iowa dangerous, and the Michigan State game to deal with, but the team should be good enough and strong enough to find a way to ten wins again.

ƒOk2018 Record: 10-3
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2019 Prediction, March Version: 10-2

Aug. 31 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 7 Army
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 at Wisconsin
Sept. 28 Rutgers
Oct. 5 Iowa
Oct. 12 at Illinois
Oct. 19 at Penn State
Oct. 26 Notre Dame
Nov. 2 at Maryland
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Michigan State
Nov. 23 at Indiana
Nov. 30 Ohio State
Full Schedule Analysis

Michigan State Spartans

Absolutely 100% guarantee – the Michigan State offense will be better. The defense is loaded and will be fantastic in what should be a bounce-back year for the program. However, going to Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan is a massive problem, and Arizona State and Penn State are coming to East Lansing. The Spartans will be good enough to get through all this with three losses.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 30 Tulsa
Sept. 7 Western Michigan
Sept. 14 Arizona State
Sept. 21 at Northwestern
Sept. 28 Indiana
Oct. 5 at Ohio State
Oct. 12 at Wisconsin
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 Penn State
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Illinois
Nov. 16 at Michigan
Nov. 23 at Rutgers
Nov. 30 Maryland
Full Schedule Analysis

Ohio State Buckeyes

Of course there’s going to be an adjustment under new head man Ryan Day, but where are the losses with this schedule? There will be a miss somewhere – like, at Nebraska, or even, yes, at Michigan – but it’ll take a big upset or a huge breakdown to lose more than two games. Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State are all good, but they all have to go to Columbus.

2018 Record: 13-1
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 9-3
2019 Prediction, March Version: 11-1

Aug. 31 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 7 Cincinnati
Sept. 14 at Indiana
Sept. 21 Miami Univ.
Sept. 28 at Nebraska
Oct. 5 Michigan State
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 at Northwestern
Oct. 26 Wisconsin
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Maryland
Nov. 16 at Rutgers
Nov. 23 Penn State
Nov. 30 at Michigan
Full Schedule Analysis

Penn State Nittany Lions

Even with an adjustment period and with a few tweaks to be made on both sides of the ball, the Nittany Lions should be able to hit the nine wins of last season. A 5-0 start is more than possible before having to go to Iowa, but the Michigan game is at home. Ohio State and Michigan State? Those are on the road, but win one of those and 10-2 – at least – is possible.

2018 Record: 9-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 Idaho
Sept. 7 Buffalo
Sept. 14 Pitt
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 at Maryland
Oct. 5 Purdue
Oct. 12 at Iowa
Oct. 19 Michigan
Oct. 26 at Michigan State
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Minnesota
Nov. 16 Indiana
Nov. 23 at Ohio State
Nov. 30 Rutgers
Full Schedule Analysis

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

At SOME point, Rutgers is going to find its way to a few wins. It’ll beat UMass and Liberty at home, and there will be an upset along the way in conference play. But where? At home against Minnesota? On the road against Illinois? At Indiana, or against Maryland? There will be at least one other win to get to at least three victories.

2018 Record: 1-11
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10
2019 Prediction, March Version: 3-9

Aug. 30 UMass
Sept. 7 at Iowa
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 Boston College
Sept. 28 at Michigan
Oct. 5 Maryland
Oct. 12 at Indiana
Oct. 19 Minnesota
Oct. 26 Liberty
Nov. 2 at Illinois
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Ohio State
Nov. 23 Michigan State
Nov. 30 at Penn State
Full Schedule Analysis

BIG TEN WEST

Big Ten Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Illinois Fighting Illini

Will Illinois ever turn the corner under Lovie Smith? It should be 3-0 without breathing too hard, but the key will be the home game against Nebraska. Win that, and then it’s time to have some fun. However, with with a good early base of wins, and with a home date against Rutgers, it’s tough to find the two other wins needed to get to six – but they’ll come.

2018 Record: 4-8
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Akron
Sept. 7 at UConn
Sept. 14 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 21 Nebraska
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Minnesota
Oct. 12 Michigan
Oct. 19 Wisconsin
Oct. 26 at Purdue
Nov. 2 Rutgers
Nov. 9 at Michigan State
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Iowa
Nov. 30 Northwestern
Full Schedule Analysis

Iowa Hawkeyes

It’s a good Hawkeye team, but it’s another one that should need to battle to get to eight wins. The road game at Iowa State isn’t a breeze, and going to Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Nebraska is a problem. Throw in the home games against Penn State, Purdue and Minnesota, and hitting the eight-win mark would be great.

2018 Record: 9-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 Miami Univ.
Sept. 7 Rutgers
Sept. 14 at Iowa State
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 5 at Michigan
Oct. 12 Penn State
Oct. 19 Purdue
Oct. 26 at Northwestern
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Wisconsin
Nov. 16 Minnesota
Nov. 23 Illinois
Nov. 29 at Nebraska
Full Schedule Analysis

Minnesota Golden Gophers

At Fresno State. That’s going to be the marking point to see just where Minnesota is at in Year Three of the PJ Fleck thing. Georgia Southern won’t be a layup – that option offense is dangerous – and going to Purdue will be rough, but in a perfect world, if everything breaks right, 8-0 isn’t an insane dream before dealing with Penn State. The Nittany Lions come to the TCF Bank, and so does Wisconsin.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 South Dakota State
Sept. 7 at Fresno State
Sept. 14 Georgia Southern
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 at Purdue
Oct. 5 Illinois
Oct. 12 Nebraska
Oct. 19 at Rutgers
Oct. 26 Maryland
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Penn State
Nov. 16 at Iowa
Nov. 23 at Northwestern
Nov. 30 Wisconsin
Full Schedule Analysis

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Scott Frost is making the program a whole lot better, but slow the roll just a wee bit on what it’s about to be this season. Going bowling is a sure-thing, but the Huskers might be a year away from going to the Big Ten Championship. Going to Colorado isn’t a layup, but the road trips overall – Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, Maryland – are about as light as it gets. Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa had to come to Lincoln.

2018 Record: 4-8
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 South Alabama
Sept. 7 at Colorado
Sept. 14 Northern Illinois
Sept. 21 at Illinois
Sept. 28 Ohio State
Oct. 5 Northwestern
Oct. 12 at Minnesota
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 Indiana
Nov. 2 at Purdue
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Wisconsin
Nov. 23 at Maryland
Nov. 30 Iowa
Full Schedule Analysis

Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern should be even better than last year when it went to the Big Ten Championship, but the schedule is a whole lot tougher. Starting out at Stanford isn’t a positive, and this year, Michigan State, at Wisconsin, and at Nebraska are all going to be issues. Throw in the Ohio State and Iowa games, and a 1-6 start isn’t totally off the table. The slate eases up late, though.

2018 Record: 9-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 at Stanford
Sept. 7 OPEN DATE
Sept. 14 UNLV
Sept. 21 Michigan State
Sept. 28 at Wisconsin
Oct. 5 at Nebraska
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 Ohio State
Oct. 26 Iowa
Nov. 2 at Indiana
Nov. 9 Purdue
Nov. 16 UMass
Nov. 23 Minnesota
Nov. 30 at Illinois
Full Schedule Analysis

Purdue Boilermakers

It’s a sneaky-tough schedule without any sure-thing wins and too many dangerous dates. The Boilermakers have to go to Nevada, host Vanderbilt and TCU, and go to Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin. With a bit of building up to do, just getting to six wins would be great. Once again, it all might come down to the regular season finale against Indiana.

2018 Record: 6-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 at Nevada
Sept. 7 Vanderbilt
Sept. 14 TCU
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 Minnesota
Oct. 5 at Penn State
Oct. 12 Maryland
Oct. 19 at Iowa
Oct. 26 Illinois
Nov. 2 Nebraska
Nov. 9 at Northwestern
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Wisconsin
Nov. 30 Indiana
Full Schedule Analysis

Wisconsin Badgers

There are going to be a whole slew of concerns early on. The O line loses four starters, and a new quarterback has to take over for Alex Hornibrook, but the defense should be great and that Jonathan Taylor guy is still in the backfield. The road games at Ohio State, Nebraska and Minnesota are stumbling blocks, and Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Iowa at home will be rough, but the program should rebuild and be just good enough to get to nine wins.

2018 Record: 8-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 at USF
Sept. 7 Central Michigan
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 Michigan
Sept. 28 Northwestern
Oct. 5 Kent State
Oct. 12 Michigan State
Oct. 19 at Illinois
Oct. 26 at Ohio State
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Iowa
Nov. 16 at Nebraska
Nov. 23 Purdue
Nov. 30 at Minnesota
Full Schedule Analysis

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