Five bold, crazy, stupid, daring, wacky Big Ten college football predictions for the 2019 season.
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East Indiana | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State
Ohio State | Penn State | Rutgers
West Illinois | Iowa | Minnesota | Nebraska
Northwestern | Purdue | Wisconsin
What if you were told last year at this time that Northwestern was going to win the Big Ten West?
What if you were told last year at this time that Ohio State would go 12-1 with a Big Ten title and miss out on the College Football Playoff?
What if you were told last year at this time that Nebraska would start the season 0-6?
They’re the wild and wacky curveballs that make each season fun. Enough safe and sane, it’s time for dumb and dangerous with five (potentially) stupid predictions thrown at the wall to see if they stick.
5. It’s going to be a huge non-conference run for the Big Ten
38-4. That’s what the Big Ten will be in non-conference play.
But it’s the Big Ten and it’s supposed to destroy everyone outside of its league play, right?
Not last year. The conference went an ugly 29-13.
The losses included Wisconsin’s bizarre performance against BYU, Michigan’s misfire against Notre Dame, the Nebraska games that mattered, and the strange issues against the MAC, with Northwestern (Akron), Purdue (Eastern Michigan) and Rutgers (Buffalo) all getting punched in the gut.
Not this year.
TCU is going to get by Purdue, Northwestern will start out with a loss at Stanford, Nebraska will drop the Colorado games in Boulder, and Rutgers won’t be able to get by Boston College. That will be it.
Before you start assuming the Big Ten will only have a gaudy record because the schedule is loaded with a delightful box of cream-puffs, you’re sort of right.
Ohio State isn’t exactly pushing itself, and Wisconsin going to USF and Minnesota’s date against Fresno State don’t really qualify as killers for teams that are supposed to be good this season at college football.
However, unlike last year, Michigan will get the win over Notre Dame, and Michigan State will get by Arizona State.
There are are a few decent calls in here, like Maryland beating Syracuse, Purdue getting by Vanderbilt, and Iowa winning at Iowa State, and …
Okay. The Big Ten non-conference schedule isn’t that big a deal. So to put it another way, the conference had better go 38-4.