We are all used to reading football previews based on numbers like returning starters, strength of schedule, last year's records, etc. But today I drove through most of B10 country and maybe the driving down the westside of Michigan, turning right at indiana, and driving to nebraska might give me a feel for the season based on what was seen as we rolled along in the van for just shy of 800 miles. Here goes:
Michigan - the nicest part of the drive and the best part of the day. sunny and cool. the Wolverines go 11-1. we didn't drive close enough to east lansing to smell it, but i still think little bro' goes a solid 10-2, but one of the '2' is at home against a team with wings on it's helmets.
Indiana - the I-94 is a disorganized mess under reconstruction. IU, Purdue and ND will all have rebuilding seasons and all go 0-12. ND will suspend its' season after purple face actually pops on that second saturday of the season.
Illinois - also a cluster-muck of construction and covered with more jack-wagon drivers per square mile than any place in the lower 48, and it's crowded. thus, the illini will have no run game as there isn't any room, and will also go 0-12. northwestern will go 9-3, possibly 8-4 based on the fact that's where my brother played so i've always liked them.
Iowa - we spent the most time here. they are plain jane but in good shape. we saw no cattle until the middle of the state though, and that means no depth on either side of the line. however, there was this one woman driver who looked to be able to play NT, 3-tech or 5-tech...simultaneously. can't speak to her speed, but man she would take the whole O-line to move out of the way. i think they are an 8-4 team. incidentally, every square inch of iowa is planted with corn and it's in great shape. for you commodity speculators i suggest you go 'short' on corn, there is going to be enough to feed the world twice over and the price will drop further.
Nebraska - only saw omaha at sunset. it looked....red. will discover more tomorrow when we cross to colorado.
no review for ohio or wiscy, and screw them since we're not going to visit. they go 0-12 too. maryland and rutgers don't count, at least not yet. and yeah, i understand that some of these 0-12 teams play each other but tough bananas for them anyway, they still all go 0-12.