1. Stock Down - Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois. I was a bit surprised to see Wiscy so high in the way to early 2011 pre-season polls. In my opinion, their defense was not very good this year, but their deficiencies were masked by their powerful offense. That same defense loses their best player in Watt. On offense they lose dominating OL Carimi and Moffett. I know Wiscy will have viable replacements, but Carimi is a likely top 10 pick. They also lose Tolzien/Clay. I have found that when you have a new QB, you always lose a game or two based on that lack of experience.
Iowa loses a ton on Defense (Clayborn and Sash) as well as Stanzi. Like Wiscy, they will be breaking in a new QB.
Illinois had a nice comeback season and promptly lost their 3 best players (all Juniors) to the NFL in Leguet, Wilson and Lasheure (forgive in spelling errors).
2. Stock Up - Not really sure who to put here. I think Michigan will be improved mainly because their defense can't be any worse. Getting Woolfolk and Floyd back and switching to a pro-style offense will no doubt help the defense. Any other team projected to improve?
3. Steady - My spartans. I think they will probably be worse record wise with OSU and Nebraska jumping on the schedule (both away games) but I think the team could actually be better if that makes any sense. Spartans lose 3 OLineman, but all 3 were mid level (that is being polite since they were 2 starts) talents . The younger replacements were all higher regarded as prospects. We return Cousins and Baker in the backfield and a quartet of Recievers (Cunningham, Martin, Nichol, Fowler) with experience. Defense loses LB duo of Jones and Gordon and will be largest question mark.
4. OSU - Will the NCAA reduce the supsensions of the tattoo ring?
5. How good will Nebraska be? Early in the year, they looked very very scary. A very good defense and a potent offense led by an exciting young QB. By the end of the year, their offense looked downright awful. Their B10 schedule is pretty brutal.