May 6, 2007

Big Ten Football predictions

ESPN's spring wrap up includes a VERY early prediction of Big Ten standings...

Big Ten Spring Wrap
1. Wisconsin
2. Michigan
3. Ohio State
4. Iowa
5. Penn State
6. Michigan State
7. Illinois
8. Purdue
9. Northwestern
10. Indiana
11. Minnesota

LAST in conference?!? I don't hold out any hope that Gopher Nation will be spending the New Year in Pasadena (at least not this year), but I also don't see last place as a reality. As I recall we finished ahead of 5 teams a year ago and we return 9 of 11 defensive starters, starting RB and most of our OL. We also were a pass interference call away from beating Penn State a year ago which would have lead to a .500 conference finish.

A closer look shows that we have Purdue and Illinois at home, NW and Indiana on the road. All are winnable and would put us at 4 conference wins. Remaining games are OhioState, @Michigan, @Iowa and Wisconsin. Certainly 3 losses with the hope of an upset in there. At this point I see 4-4 as a realistic conference record. Not a rosey season be certainly not last place worthy.

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