How does each team finish out of conference this season? Anyone dropping or rising in rankings? Who has the easiest and second toughest slate (we're number one by far)? Most entertaining matchups? Biggest blowout? Closest to getting upset? Who actually gets upset?
Iowa: Northern Illinois (Soldier Field), Iowa State, Northern Iowa (FCS), Central Michigan.
Michigan: Alabama (Cowboys Stadium), Air Force, UMass, @Notre Dame.
Michigan State: Boise State, @Central Michigan, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan.
Minnesota: @UNLV, New Hampshire (FCS), Western Michigan, Syracuse.
Nebraska: Southern Mississippi, @UCLA, Arkansas State, Idaho State (FCS).
Northwestern: @Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Boston College, South Dakota (FCS).
Illinois: Western Michigan, @Arizona State, Charleston Southern (FCS), Louisiana Tech.
Indiana: Indiana State (FCS), @UMass, Ball State, @Navy.
Ohio: Miami (OH), Central Florida, Cal, UAB.
Penn State: Ohio University, @Virgina, Navy, Temple.
Purdue: Eastern Kentucky (FCS), @Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Marshall.
Wisconsin: Northern Iowa (FCS), Oregon State, Utah State, UTEP.
I know this is a bit difficult to read, so I bolded BCS opponents, plus independents Notre Dame and Navy. My picks for my question above:
- Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin all go undefeated. Michigan, Northwestern, Illinois and Purdue have one loss, everyone else is facepalm material for the conference.
- I think Michigan and Ohio hold mostly steady, MSU rises a few spots as does Wisconsin, Iowa and Northwestern are in the 23-receiving votes category.
- Northwestern has the second most difficult OOC schedule. Wisconsin is the easiest, with IU not far behind.
- Michigan/Alabama has to be the most entertaining, with MSU/Boise State in the discussion and all of Northwestern's first three games should be close.
- Wisconsin will put up 70 on Northwen Iowa or UTEP, guaranteed.
- Temple nearly upsets Penn State, but loses in the end.
Minnesota, though improved, will drop a game they have no business losing.