2011 Big Ten Predictions

Welcome to the new Big Ten (+2) for now.  With the rumors of Texas A&M bolting to the SEC with Oklahoma maybe it looks like the college football world maybe an ever shifting landscape again.

But for now the Big Ten has gained the Cornhuskers and split into 2 equal divisions, Legends and Leaders.  Complain what you will about the names but I don’t mind them, I know who is in what division, just give it time.  The first Big Ten title game is scheduled to be played in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium to be televised on Fox.  Should be a fun little change from when we had 2 teams going 8-0 being co-Champs. 

How will the season play out?  How will the Huskers do in their inaugural season?  Here’s my predictions, sure to go wrong.

LEGENDS        B1G      SEA                 LEADERS         B1G      SEA
Nebraska          7-1        11-1                 Wisconsin         7-1        11-1
 Iowa                 6-2         10-2               Ohio State         5-3          8-4
Michigan St       5-3          8-4                Penn State        5-3          8-4
Michigan           4-4          8-4                Illinois                2-6         6-6
Northwestern     4-4          7-5                Purdue              2-6         5-7
Minnesota         0-8          3-9                Indiana              1-7         4-8

Nebraska over Wisconsin

Big Ten Bowls
Rose – Nebraska
Fiesta – Wisconsin
Cap 1 – Iowa
Outback – Ohio State
Gator – Penn State
Insight – Michigan
Texas – Michigan State
Ticket City – Northwestern
Pizza - Illinois

Big Ten Awards
Big Ten Coach of the Year – Bret Bielema : Wisconsin
Big Ten MVP – James White : RB : Wisconsin

For the season I think that with no Pryor and changing of the guard at Ohio State and the current suspensions and penalties yet to be handed down will hang over the program and they will struggle a bit, and I think Michigan trips them up at the end of the year. 

I think Wisconsin gets Nebraska in Camp Randall, but will lose the rematch in Indianapolis. 

I think Iowa will surprise some people being the underdog and with a favorable schedule and the Legends Division comes down to the Friday after Thanksgiving in Lincoln, oh the start of a new Rivalry!

The Jerry Kill era in Minneapolis has a rough start going in the Big Ten…as does the Kevin Wilson era in Bloomington.

Penn State ends its struggles with Iowa and knocks off the Hawkeyes this year in Happy Valley.

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