landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
What a year for the bobcats. Really, I think the media is overhyping OSU that was a team that was 6-7 last year and still a unproven QB. MSU 9-3. Michigan 10-2. Who cares about ND.
14-0 is the best case senario, 14-0 is probably more realistic, and 14-0 is the worst case senario.
Utra-low variance. I like it.
We run the table and Denard wins the Heisman.
I like 10-2 for us, plus a win in the BT champ game. I won't predict the outcome of the Rose Bowl without knowing who we're playing.
ND will be 7-5, and MSU will be at least 9-3, probably 10-2.
It will be Kiffin, and we will make him cry.
I think we will be 11-2 going into the Bowl Game.
Win division, win BCG
Ohio State 9-3
14-0 for us, 1-11 for ND (beat MSU), 1-11 for OSU (beat MSU), and 0-12 for MSU
Even when we try and lose to ND, they start throwing backwards passes and give us the game.
9-3 is our record. MSU will go 9-3. tOSU will go 10-2. ND will go 6-6 starting the season 0-4!
Did you see that game last year? They're too nice in Lincoln.
Denard breaks all kinds of career records - my season record prediction for 2012.
Michigan 10-2/10-3 (loss in B1G to Wiscy)
I have a bad feeling we lose at Notre Dame, and against Alabama. We are due to lose to Notre Dame at some point after the last 3 years. I think we drop two big 10 games along the way but win the tiebreaker and end up winning the Big Ten title after beating Wisconsin. We lose to USC in Rose Bowl. I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up better than this, and would be surprised if we end up much worse.
The bottom line is the schedule is brutal. I think we will probably be better than last year but with a worse record. I am very confident we beat Sparty in Ann Arbor.
hope your not a season ticket holder
I had this feeling as well until they lost Lynch and Lo Wood.
We take the tie-breaker over MSU and have a shot at the Rose in the B1G championship.
Losses to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Nebraska.
Notre Dame 8-4
BCS NC: USC vs Alabama
ND 8-4 is cray
Bama - L
AF - W
UMass - W
ND - W
Pur - W
Ill - W
MSU - W
Neb - L
NW - W
Iowa - W
OSU - L
I was just too lazy to write it out.
I'm looking for MSU to have a 4 loss season, including a loss to the Chips
So what are you majoring in at CMU?
9-3. Bama, ND, and one of the two of Nebraska-OSU. 8-4 if we lose both, 10-2 if we can beat ND.
I have Michigan going 10-3. Lose the bookends and lose to Nebraska in a weird game away from home. MSU also loses 2 in conference (one to us and one to Ohio) but we go to the B1G Championship game due to the tie breaker. Beat Wisconsin in a not-so-close game.
But none spelled it out as clearly as you have, so for anyone who has us winning the tie-breaker vs. MSU (possible, not questioning) who do you all have Nebraska losing to? Do they lose 3 times in conference, or is there some long 3 way tiebreaker you think we win if we're not beating Nebraska? I can see OSU and MSU which would set up a three way tie...do they blow one more?
(Came SO close to typing " which would set up a three way...do they blow one more?")
Nebraska will lose at least 3 B1G games.
2 almost certain losses: @MSU and @OSU
And at least 1 loss from: Wisconsin, UM, @N'Western, @Iowa
My predictions (I am only picking regular season):
UM 8-4 (losses: Bama, @ND, @Nebraska and @OSU) --- still make the B1G championship game
MSU 10-2 (losses: @Wisconsin and @Michigan)
Nebraska 8-4 (losses: Wisconsin, @MSU, @OSU and @Iowa)
Wisconsin 11-1 (loss: PSU...yes, you read that right)
OSU 10-2 (losses: @MSU and @Wisconsin)
I think Nebraska will be pretty similar as last year and lose 3...maybe 4 (!) conference games.
I predict UM goes 9-3, with the losses coming against Alabama, Nebraska, and SUNO-Columbus. But I do think UM will qualify for the B1G title game and knock off Wisconsin to earn a Rose Bowl trip. I don't like our chances against either USC or Oregon though, so that would make for, overall, a deceptively respectable 10-4 record.
BWC is on a mission.
Win national championship game against Alabama.
That would be awesome, especially if we lose the home opener to them, but something tells me that would not happen because BCS rematches only happen in the POWERHOUSE SEC.
Wish I was /s...
I'm going to be the pessimist here and say 9-4.
Bama-L, AF-W, UMass-W, ND-W, Purdue-L (we always drop a game we shouldn't), Illinois-W, State-W, Nebraska-L, Minnesota-W, Northwestern-W, Iowa-W, Ohio State-L, Bowl Game-W
Nebraska actually wins the Legends Division and faces Wisky in the Big 10 Championship.
State finishes 8-4 losing to Boise, us, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Ohio finishes 10-2 with losses to State and Wisky
We go to the Capital One Bowl and beat Georgia.
10-2. What have Nebraska (especially considering their QB is returning) or ND (considering theirs isn't) done to scare the shit out of everyone? I definitely get Bama, ohio, and MSU, but not Nebraska and ND.
We haven't had a world of success in South Bend, and Nebraska is always a hard place to play. Unless you're Northwestern, apparently.
I don't see Nebraska as a loss either. I understand the home field advantage, but has thier program improved much over last years? I think we at worst case win in a squeaker.
As for ND, they might be due for a win over us, but we were due for a win against Ohio for a long time also. I think we execute better on both sides of the ball and we get the win by at least a td.
Ohio- we win a close game in the shoe. We are due to win in Columbus where there will be much gnashing of teeth.
11-3. Go Blue!
I keep seesawing between 9-3 and 8-4. The schedule is just too hard and we're still too thin at some critical positions, namely OL and DL. One injury could mean doom.
out of the team and Denard anyway.
9 - 4
I see losses to Alabama, Nebraska, and MSU, and a loss to either ND or OSU simply because those are both away.
Can't see a loss vs MSU. Last year MSU was better than this year, and that was when Borges was very early in assessing how to use Denard in the BiG. Cousins was a tremendous QB and is now gone. And we have them at home. And it's our most important game of the year.
We will win this game.
Week 1 at Alabama: W (I cannot bring myself to predict a loss. I think it will be closer than ppl think regardless of outcome)
Week 2 v Air Force: W
Week 3 v UMass: W
Week 4 at ND: W (After which we are ranked in the top 5 nationally)
Week 5 at PUR: W
Week 6 vs ILL: W
Week 7 vs MSU: W (MSU is either undefeated or has 1 loss heading into this game. After this win we are a top 3 team nationally)
Week 8 at NEB: L (Let down game against a team who we embarrased last year in a tough road environment)
Week 9 at MIN: W
Week 10 vs NW: W
Week 11 vs Iowa: W
Week 12 at OSU: W (I am scared of this game but I cannot bring myself to predict a loss)
Nebraska loses to MSU and one or two other games (Ohio and/or WIS most likely) which sends us to the BIG championship game (I think?).
Michigan at. WIS: W.
We go to the Rose Bowl! Yay for optimism!
Other teams of note:
If we go 12-1 with this schedule, we'd most likely be in the championship game.
Even better, but if USC goes undefeated and an SEC team has one loss I wouldn't be shocked to see us left out.
If we beat Alabama on Saturday, we will be in the top 5 nationally.
28-0 combining with the lions
So the Lions are only going to play 14 games this year? Are you predicting another NFL lockout?
Notre Dame 7-5
9-4? You think we lose 4 in the regular season... I say 9-3 and we win the Bowl Game.
Michigan 10-2 (Beat Wiscy in B1G CC)
MSU: 9-3 (Lose to Wiscy, us and someone else, maybe Neb)
ND: 7-5 (being charitable, 6-6 equally likely)
Ohio: 8-4 (tougher transition than thought by the overly-exuberant media--MSU, Neb, Wiscy and us. 7-5 definitely possible)
Loss in rose bowl.
Losses against Bama, OSU...and Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Michigan finishes 10-2 (7-1)
We are back baby! But, did we ever leave?
MSU loses 3 B1G games.
The_Knowledge said we're going 12-2 and since it was a recap, not a prediction, I'll go with that.
To hell with Notre Dame.
Michigan 10-2 with losses to Bama and Nebraska.
MSU 8-4 with losses to Notre Dame, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Notre Dame 7-5 with losses to Purdue, Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma, and USC.
Ohio - 10-2 with losses to Nebraska and Michigan.
Sounds like Nebraska is going to have a good season, beating UM and OSU.
Mich- 9-3 - Too many ?'s on our Dline and WR to expect much more.
ND- 7-5 - I dont think Alabama or LSU would go any better than 10-2 with that schedule, and they are by no means Bams or LSU.
MSU-9-3 Good D, they will lose to us finally as well as one other good team and one standard sparty blown game.
OSU- 9-3- Elite defense, around average offense. They are some speed at WR and RB to be serious B1G contenders (HA couldn't be even if they were good)
Not sure how possible it is that UM, MSU, ans OSU all have the same record, I just see them as ending that way.
I think Denard somehow manages another miracle to pull off the upset against Alabama and we ride the momentum for a while.
Then later in the season we come back to reality with a tough road loss at Nebraska and then a mildly shocking upset loss to the Golden Gophers that will leave M fans nostalgic for the comfy confines of the Metrodome. This reminds me of some of the seasons of yore when the first loss always seemed to be followed by a second the next week while we were still in some kind of shock.
Back to the Citrus bowl where we manage to stuff an SEC team and then we are left wondering what might have been if only for those that stupid loss (and conveniently forgetting that we got some rather lucky breaks in the Alabama & Illinois wins.)
Yep, sounds about right to me.
...I'm in the West Indies of course I'm high. And I'm tired of all the boring predictions so I ask Jah what he think: Kill's Gophers are gonna surprise a few teams this year.
Let's hope it's not us.
(Losses to AL, ND, and one of MSU, NEB, Ohio)
(Losses to us, Ohio and Wis)
(Losses to Purdue, MSU, OK, USC and Stanford)
(Losses to Nebraska, Wisconsin, and us)
UM: 12-2 (B10 champs and a Rose Bowl victory)
ND: 7-6 (bowl loss)
MSU: 9-4 (lesser bowl win)
Ohio: 10-2 (bowl game...oh yea, they don't get to play one!)
Michigan 9-3 unless we beat Bama, then anything is possible as some of that freshman talent matures over the course of the season.
I think 10-2 is a fair and honest assessment
What have they done over the last three years? I'll take our dilithium-powered Senoir QB over anything they put on the field.
This is the Way I see it.
MIchigan 10-2 losses to Nebraska and Ohio
BIG Champ Michigan in a close game over Purdue (Yes,That Purdue, I think that Bielma's QB shenanagins backfire on him this year).
We will go 10-2. Bama is the only team on our schedule that is better than we are, but since even the best teams don't win every game they should, I always move one back to the center on any attempt to make game-by-game predictions.
vAlabama - Bama will be too strong to roll. 0-1
Air Force - After a shaky first quarter, the rest of the game will satisfy. 1-1
UMass - Shut out first half, third and fourth string second half. 2-1
@Notre Dame - Four in a row. BK loses his third to Michigan. His head turns colors nobody could possibly predict. 3-1
@Purdue - Similar to our NW game last year. Second half belongs to UM. 4-1
Illinois - Thoroughly rout a fledgling Illinois squad in Ann Arbor. 5-1
Michigan State - MSU is not leaving Ann Arbor with a win this year. 6-1, UM back in the top 10
@Nebraska - A nailbiter against another 6-1 Nebraska team. Toss up on the last drive or long field goal for the win. If the Huskers have improved significantly from last year, we won't win this game in Lincoln. 6-2
@Minnesota - Minnesota gets a few points on the board this time. 7-2
Northwestern - Blue > Purple. 8-2
Iowa - By this time, Iowa will be using their waterboys as RBs. Beat them without controversy at home. 9-2
@Mercy College of Northwest Ohio - Urban doesn't save you this year. Sorry Bucks. If we win, we hope Nebraska loses so we can make the title game. 10-2
IF Nebraska doesn't take the division:
Big Ten Champ v. Wisconsin - Win. Hoke delivers. Free Domino's pizza. 11-2
Rose Bowl v. USC - Loss. 11-3
Rose Bowl v. Oregon - Loss. 11-3
Rose Bowl v. Stanford or other - Win. 12-2
I think that we lose vs. Alabama, and I think that we will lose 3 of the 4 following games:
at Notre Dame, at Nebraska, at Ohio and vs. MSU.
Losses to Nebraska and a bowl opponent (Oregon in the Rose, probably). Might get robbed by getting excluded from championship game (USC vs. one-loss Alabama)
10-2. Losses against Bama and OSU. Finally get the monkey off our back against MSU.
With a loss in the B1G to Wisco, but still the 2nd BCS berth as an at-large from the B1G.
Bama, Neb and Ohio. Win the Rose Bowl end #5 in the country.
'Bama is very tough, and the only team we will face that has more talent, but I have faith. I do not understand all the love for Nebraska & ND! Is this the Big Red that lost its best players off of an average defense? That has a lame passing attack? I don't think they are a pushover, but all these Michigan fans predicting a loss to them ...? And ND? Will their defense be improved? I know those are road games, but I am just not seeing it. Little Bro will be better than both.
And stop dissing our D line! Thisismichiganfergodsakes and our line will be fine! Look for BWC to have his own signature picture, a-la Alan Branch, leaving some QB prone and broken.
I know the schedule is difficult. Good teams. Tough road games. But if this were 10 years ago we would expect to win! Go Blue!!!!
I have two predictions, both of which hinge on the Alabama game.
Win the Alabama game: 11-1. The team will be riding a ridiculously high wave of momentum if they pull this off. Even if we beat Alabama, I do think we will trip up somewhere, maybe Nebraska or (sigh) Ohio. But even at 1 loss, as long as there aren't two other undefeated teams, we will be in the national title hunt. A victory over Alabama sees to that.
Lose the Alabama game: 8-4. This is the more likely scenario in my opinion, but I hope and pray that Michigan will prove me wrong. I think the other three losses will be to Nebraska, either MSU/Ohio, and one game that Michigan shouldn't lose but does, like Air Force or Purdue. That triple option is tricky, especially if you're still suffering a hangover from Alabama.
He has already time traveled back to August from the future and told us the record will be 12-2......The rest of us mere mortals are wasting our time!
THE KNOWLEDGE RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nebraska is not that good! I don't understand why everyone is thinking UM will lose to them denard>Martinez fitz is almost better than rex. UM defense> Nebraska defense
I agree that Nebraska is not that good. However, the game is in Lincoln and at night. Those two factors will be enough for the Cornshuckers to eek out a win over a better UM team. UNL wins 28-24.
Having said all that, of the four losses I have predicted for UM in 2012 (Bama, ND, UNL and OSU), I think the Nebraska game is the one that might actually swing in UM's favor leaving UM with only three losses instead of four.
Wiscy and Sparty disappoint vs. expectations, Purdue and Illinois surprise. Ohio is far and away the best team we face in the conference, and (shudders) we may be the only ones that beat them
After a close loss to Alabama to open the season we run the table and face an udefeated (one of only two left at the time the other being Alabama) Wisconsin team in the B1G championship game where we win by 2+ touchdowns
Rematch win vs Alabama in the MNC game
12-2: Loss to Alabama, one conference loss, victories in Big Ten Championship Game and Rose Bowl.
14-0. I could be your average objective, rational, boring fan, but I'm going with unabashed optimism. Because I enjoy life. Go Blue!
Losses ND and Nebraska. Yep I just said we beat Bama.
Losses to Bama, ND, NE, and OSU
The Michigan State Staters go 10-2, win the division, beat Wisky for B10 championship, MSU fans become even more insufferable; MSU gets snot pounded out of them by PAC12 champs.
UM beats the hell out of somebody in a Holiday Bowl-level game.
So, are you predicting a non-conference loss for Sparty?
If MSU went 10-2 with two losses in conference (including that loss to UM that you are apparently predicting) then UM would win the division due to the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Am I reading "way" too between the lines when I notice that most final score predictions by "experts" have Meechigan scoring more points than Bama allowed in any game last year? (24ish). Also the only team to break 20 on Bama was a dual threat QB FCS team, Georgia Southern. Just sayin'
U of M 10-2
OSU 8-4 or 7-5
U of M wins the Big Ten Championship and goes to the Rose Bowl
U of M wins the Rose Bowl beating Oregon 31-17
They would have to be 9-5 if they won the B1G.
8-4 regular season + 1 win in B1G game + 1 loss in Rose Bowl = 9-5 overall
if we beat Alabama, then I say the sky is the limit..but 11-1 or 10-2 if we beat Bama and 9-3 if we lose. B1G Champs over Wiscy. Rose Bowl vs Oregon. Close W for Blue. final record Prediction: 12-2.
I wanna get way out on the limb and pick Purdue to represent the Leader's Division in the BTTG...But I'm not sure I can get there. Regardless, the Badgers are eminently beatable in 2012, as their Terrapin free agent can't hold their Wolfpack free agent's jock.
Here are all my season predictions:
Losses to Bama and either ND or Nebraska, but not both. BCS bowl in the works.
9-3 with the losses b/w Bama/ND/MSU/Nebraska/OSU
An appearance in the B1G title game will depend on who those losses are against.
You guys are a hard one to peg this year. I can honestly see you guys going anywhere from 12-2 to 7-6. The only loss I feel I can absolutely peg is Alabama. I really have no clue how your D will be and if your OL will be as good as last year. Denard will have a good season no matter what, but if he has the same amount of interceptions as he did a year ago, I see your record dropping a couple games.