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Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 4:47 pm
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Big Ten Predictions 11-12'

Well, I could be way off or right on track, but I have a feeling this year in the Big 10 Conference is going to be very top heavy this year. I believe 9 teams will get 8+ wins in the conference this year, while 3 teams will get 3 or less wins. Seems a little crazy, but I think it's a huge possibility. There are going to be 216 Big Ten Conference games this season and I'm excited to see every one of them I can. Here are my 2011 - 2012 Big Ten Conference predictions:

 1.  Ohio State

Current Record:
(13-1)

Predicted B1G Record: (15-3)

It could be better than this, but 3 losses is reasonable. I have them losing @Wisconsin, @Michigan, @Michigan State.

 2(TIE).  Wisconsin

Current Record:
(12-2)

Predicted B1G Record: (13-5)

Really suprsied with the loss at home to Marquette, if they want a 13-5 record in the Big Ten they better not lose at home. Have them losing to: @Michigan, @Purdue, @Illinois, @ Michigan State, @Ohio State

 2(TIE).  Michigan State

Current Record: (12-2)

Predicted B1G Record: (13-5)

Really impressed with this team, no bad losses, and they were impressive against Indiana. I think they are the second best team in the conference, though they will likely tie Wisconsin. I have them losing to: @Wisconsin, @Michigan, @Illinois, @Ohio State, @Indiana

 4(TIE).  Indiana

Current Record: (12-1)

Predicted B1G Record: (12-6)

Biggest suprise in the Big Ten this season. Lost to MSU in Zeller's first Big Ten game and without a crucial part to their game Will Sheehey - who was out due to injury. Still this team can win any night against anyone, but they are still inexperienced and will struggle at times. I have them losing to: @Michigan State, Ohio State, @Ohio State, @Wisconsin, @Michigan, @Purdue

 4(TIE).  Michigan

Current Record: (10-2)

Predicted B1G Record: (12-6)

Out of all the Big Ten teams, this is the team I am most uncertain with. I feel like if this team can get on a roll than can be deadly, but if they get on a losing streak they could lose their composure and go downhill in a hurry. I have them losing to: @Indiana, @Purdue, @Ohio State, @Michigan State, @Northwestern, @Illinois

 6(TIE).  Purdue

Current Record: (11-3)

Predicted B1G Record: (10-8)

Another team that could go either way. They could go 10-8 or 8-10 easily. They have to avoid losing a big lead as they have done in their losses this year. I think they are good and with Hummel leading them, should behave better than they did in non-conference play. I have them losing to: @Minnesota, @Michigan State, @Northwestern, @Ohio State, @Illinois, Michigan State, @Michigan, Indiana

 6(TIE).  Illinois

Current Record: 12-2

Predicted B1G Record: (10-8)

Really didn't expect them to allow Minnesota to hang around. They have been pretty impressive this year, but I'm not convinced they can play with the big boys. They have one of the most difficult Big Ten Conference schedules, they play conference bottom dwellers Iowa and Penn State only once. I have them losing to: @Purdue, @Northwestern, @Ohio State, @Minnesota, @Indiana, @Michigan, @Ohio State, @Wisconsin

 8.  Northwestern

Current Record: (10-3)

Predicted B1G Record: (8-10)

Suprsied they got blow out by OSU. I still think they can pull off some upsets, but they need a couple of key wins to make the tournament. If they play well enough they could go 9-9 or 10-8, but once again if they lose a couple of those games they should win, it will hurt them badly. I have them beating: Penn State, Illinois, Purdue, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, @Iowa

 9.  Minnesota

Current Record: 12-2

Predicted B1G Record: (7-11)

Minnesota and Northwestern's play will decide whether teams like Illinois and Purdue get 10 or 11 wins. IF they play well at home they shouldn't lose 12 games, but without Trevord Mbakwe I'm a very concerned about them even winning 7 or 8 games. I have them beating: Iowa, Purdue, @Penn State, Northwestern, Illinois, @Iowa, Nebraska

 10(TIE).  Nebraska

Current Record: (8-4)

Predicted B1G Record: (3-15)

Every conference has to have the bottom dwellers, but the Big Ten's are still solid, but won't be competetive enough to beat anyone of signicnace. I have them beating: Penn State, Minnesota, Iowa

 10(TIE).  Penn State

Current Record: (8-5)

Predicted B1G Record: (3-15)

I think Nebraska is better than them, but this low in the conference it isn't that big of a deal. I have them beating: Nebraska, Iowa, Northwestern.

 12.  Iowa

Current Record: (8-6)

Predicted B1G Record: (2-16)

Iowa is the worst team in the Big Ten, yet still doesn't have a losing record. The Big 10 is the best top to bottom conference in the nation. I have them beating: Nebraska, Penn State




Posted on: January 10, 2010 10:34 am
 

Mid-Season Big Ten Predictions

We are about half-way through the year, and since I did a preseason prediction, I thought I'd do a mid-season one.

Here were the preseason predictions:


1. Michigan State 15-3
2. Purdue 14-4
3. Ohio State 12-6
4. Michigan 12-6
5. Minnesota 11-7
6. Illinois 11-7
7. Wisconsin 9-9
8. Northwestern 6-12
9. Indiana 4-14
10. Penn State 4-14
11. Iowa 1-17

Here are the new predictions and changes:

1. Michigan State 15-3- This team will perform well. In my mind they are still the best team in the Big Ten.
2. Purdue 15-3- A close second to the Spartans.
3. Wisconsin 13-5- This team made the biggest jump of all the teams. They are experienced, and Bo Ryan could easily lead them to another Big 10 championship.
4. Minnesota 11-7- This will be a team to watch for during tourney time.
5. Illinois 10-8
6. Ohio State 10-8- So far this team has been very dissapointing to me, yes, they did lose their best player, but he's back, and they still lost one of their two games.
7. Michigan 9-9
8. Northwestern 6-12- They were ranked for the first time, in what? 60 years? They went down quickly after that.
9. Indiana 6-12- This team will lose some their not supposed to, and win some. I think at home Indiana will always give the other team a run for their money.
10. Penn State 3-15- I really don't know for sure where this team stands.
11. Iowa 1-17- They will win one. Right now it's looking gloomy, but they will win one, i just don't know against who right now.
Posted on: November 9, 2009 11:57 am
 

Big Ten Predictions

The Big Ten is a Power Conference this year headed by Michigan State and Purude.
These rankings are on how i feel the Big Ten will play out after the year is over.

1. Michigan State 15-3- Tom Izzo has all kinds of weapons that could possibly lead them to another title run.

2. Purdue 14-4- Didn't lose much and gained some eventually they'll get themselves into a final four.

3. Ohio State 12-6- Sleeper team of the year for this conference and the tournament, they have good, athletic players and a great coach.

4. Michigan 12-6- We arrive to the unsettled part of the conference, look to see many close games and upsets this year.

5. Minnesota 11-7

6. Illinois 11-7

7. Wisconsin 9-9

8. Northwestern 6-12

9. Indiana 4-14

10. Penn State 4-14

11. Iowa 1-17

This will be an interesting year in the Big Ten with big games and big upsets, look for these rankings to change. The Big Ten is extremely equal from rankings 3 to 7 that it is almost impossible to predict.
I'm ready for another exciting year!

 
 
 
 
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