The Big Ten has always been thought of as a power conference. The media has always had a love affair with them and it used to be for good reason. However, the past few years, they have been on the down slide. The SEC and Big 12 have run away with the bragging rights to college football supremacy. For example, last year the Big Ten boasted a 1-6 record in their bowl games. Some might argue that it’s great that they got seven teams into a bowl game. This is true, but when you lose six out of seven, your conference leaves a little something to be desired. For the last several years its been Ohio State at the top. This year should be no different as they reload with another talented team. Let’s check out these free college football picks and see just how “Big” the conference will be this year.
1. Ohio State – The Ohio State University has been a powerhouse in football for many years. With Jim Tressel at head coach, he always seems to reload quickly. They lost “Beanie” Wells, James Laurinaitis, and many more players, but they have a lot left in the stable. One of the most exciting things for Buckeye fans is new starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He is a Michael Vick-like player (minus the baggage) with a huge upside. If he can put together a good ทางเข้า ufabet year, the rest of the Big 10 better watch out.
2. Penn State Nittany Lions – Joe Paterno has another very talented team this year. They’ve been good the last few years and this year will be no different. They lost three of their top receivers from last year, but with stud quarterback Daryll Clark coming back they should be fine. They will also be in good shape in the running game with Evan Royster toting the rock. They also have a fantastic schedule with the other two top teams in the conference playing at their place.
3. Iowa Hawkeyes – They’re coming off of a decent season last year and they should be improved this time around. With quarterback Ricky Stanzi at the helm, the Hawkeye offense should be pretty good. Although they lost running back Shonn Greene to the league, they still have enough to be productive on the ground.
4. Michigan Wolverines – The Wolverines aren’t quite ready to contend with the Buckeyes just yet, but that won’t stop them from winning a few games this year. At the moment, Rich Rodriguez is in the middle of some scandal. He’s facing allegations that his program has practiced more than the allowed limit. Despite the controversy, Michigan will still be decent this year with more of Rodriguez’s recruits in the fold.
5. Michigan State Spartans – Mark Dantonio seems to be creating a stronger team every year. His recruiting efforts have really started to pay off and he’s steadily built a solid nucleus up in Lansing. Expect them to struggle at times, but overall, they’ll have a solid year as well.
6. Northwestern Wildcats – The Northwestern Wildcats are the epitome of the word “overachiever”. Despite not ever getting any top flight recruits, they always seem to be solid. Either Pat Fitzgerald is one of the best coaches in the country or he is one of the luckiest men alive. I’m going to go with the former. Prediction: 8-4
7. Illinois Fighting Illini – Over the last few years, Ron Zook’s squads have been a little up and down to say the least. They have all the talent in the world, but they never can put it all together. Juice Williams is very athletic, a great passer, and great leader. However, they never can quite put it all together. Expect the Illini to have some extremely high highs, and some extremely low lows.
8. Wisconsin Badgers – If Northwestern is the overachievers of the conference, Wisconsin has to be the underachieving team. Last year they started out in the top ten in the polls, then quickly plummeted out of the top 25. They’re very talented, but don’t seem to be very well coached. Expect them to win a few games and lose a few to teams that they shouldn’t.