Big Ten: 2018 College Football Season Projections

The Big Ten is arguably the second best conference in all of college football. Some would argue that it is indeed the strongest. The top of the Big Ten is riddled with quality teams. There are a few bottom feeders as well.

The Big Ten rakes in truckloads of cash each season for its member institutions. The 2018 season will be no different. The conference is poised for another excellent season. Five teams could be in contention for the College Football Playoff if everything falls the right way.

PROJECTED BIG TEN STANDINGS

EAST DIVISION

Conference Record Overall Record
Ohio State 9-0 12-0
Michigan 7-2 10-2
Michigan State 7-2 10-2
Penn State 6-3 9-3
Indiana 2-7 4-8
Maryland 2-7 4-8
Rutgers 1-8 3-9
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WEST DIVISION

Wisconsin 8-1 11-1
Iowa 5-4 8-4
Purdue 5-4 8-4
Minnesota 4-5 7-5
Nebraska 4-5 7-5
Northwestern 3-6 5-7
Illinois 0-9 2-10

 

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Ohio State over Wisconsin

The Big Ten East division is once again loaded. However, there is one big storm cloud hanging over Columbus, Ohio. The Urban Meyer situation should be settled before the season begins. The decision made by the University will result in fallout throughout the division. My predictions are based upon nothing more than a minor suspension coming down.

Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State are all talented enough to make a run at not only the division but the CFP.

Meanwhile, over in the Big Ten West division, it is Wisconsin and a bunch of middle of the pack teams. If the Badgers can get even competent QB play from Alex Hornibrook, they will be National Championship contenders. Also, keep an eye out on Purdue. I really like what Jeff Brohm has brought to the Boilermakers program. Nebraska and Minnesota are 1-2 more recruiting classes away from contending.

What do you think about the Big Ten in 2018? Let us know in the comments!

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