4. The Big Ten will be a non-conference disaster against other Power Five programs
Since losing 18-15 to USC in 2009, Ohio State has won seven straight against Pac-12 teams including a College Football Playoff national championship and a few Rose Bowls.
It gets Oregon on September 11th. On the same day, That Team Up North gets Washington.
The Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan kicked off with a home loss to Utah, but it won the other two games against the Pac-12.
While I can’t quite force myself to be nutty enough to call two Pac-12 road wins over the Big Ten that weekend, go with 1-1 – and don’t just assume that Washington will be that one win.
At least those two games are in Big Ten homes. This season …
Illinois is going to Virginia. Iowa is making the trip to Iowa State, Minnesota is at Colorado, Nebraska is at Oklahoma, Northwestern is at Duke, Purdue is at Notre Dame, Wisconsin is playing the Irish at Soldier Field in Chicago, Rutgers is at Syracuse, and Michigan State is at Miami.
Indiana is hosting Cincinnati, Auburn is coming to Penn State, and West Virginia travels to Maryland.
Throw in those two monster Big Ten vs. Pac-12 games on September 11th, and that’s 14 big non-conference games – one for every Big Ten team.
Set the over/under at 6.5 wins on the 14, and call it for the under.