The Big 10 put together a pretty strong season in 2009, with Ohio State,...
The Big 10 put together a pretty strong season in 2009, with Ohio State, Iowa, and Penn State all finishing the year inside the top 10. The Buckeyes won the conference title, and have now won or shared the Big 10 crown in each of the past five seasons. With the top four teams bringing back a ton of talent and the likely improvements of both Michigan and Michigan State, I look for the Big 10 to be even stronger in 2010, and very well could produce the National Champion.
If you look at the college football odds heading into the 2010 season, the Buckeyes will likely be the odds on favorites to win the conference just about everywhere you go, but I am going against Ohio State to win the conference in my 2010 Big 10 Predictions. See who Jack Jones thinks will win it all in his 2010 college football predictions.
1.) Iowa Hawkeyes The Hawkeyes luck out getting Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State at home this season, and I feel like the Hawkeyes have what it takes to beat the Buckeyes at home, after losing in overtime at Ohio State in 2009.
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2.) Ohio State Buckeyes Don't get me wrong the Buckeyes are loaded with talent and could very well end up with the 2010 Heisman winner in quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Even though the Buckeyes have just 6 starters back on defense, they figure to be right there with the Hawkeyes for the top defense in the Big 10.
3.) Wisconsin Badgers The Badgers figure to be a force on the ground in 2010 with junior running back John Clay and the entire offensive line back from the 2009 season where Clay ran for 1,517 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Badgers also get the Buckeyes at home, but the defense figures to let them down at some point during the season.
4.) Penn State Nittany Lions I look for a bit of a drop off from the Nittany Lions in 2010, as they must replace quarterback Daryll Clark. The likely replacement is sophomore Kevin Newsome, but don't be surprised if someone else wins the job this fall. The offense will need a big season out of senior running back Evan Royster. The defense figures to be the strong point and figures to keep the Nittany Lions in every game.
5.) Michigan Wolverines I have the Wolverines making a huge improvement off their miserable 2009 season where they finished the year with five straight losses in Big 10 play. Head coach Rich Rodriguez is entering his third year, and if he doesn't put a winning record on the board it might be his last.
6.) Michigan State Spartans I have the Spartans right there with the Wolverines, but the fact that they have to travel to Michigan has them slightly lower in my standings. They avoid Ohio State, but have to travel to both Iowa and Penn State.
7.) Northwestern Wildcats I don't think the Wildcats will be able to repeat their 5-3 performance in conference play in 2010, as they have to replace a ton of their offense after the departure of quarterback Mike Kafka, who not only led the team with 16 passing touchdowns but also had a team high 8 rushing touchdowns.
8.) Purdue Boilermakers I might have the Boilermakers a little lower than what they actually should be, but I think the loss of running back Ralph Bolden to an ACL injury this spring is going to really hurt their chances of staying out of the bottom of the Big 10. It will be interesting to see what quarterback Robert Marve brings to the table after transferring to the Boilermakers from the Miami Hurricanes in 2008.
9.) Illinois Fighting Illini Just not a lot to build of their 2009 season, as they have just 12 starters back. Running backs Mike Leshoure and Jason Ford will have to carry the offense, while redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase gets adjusted to the college level.
10.) Indiana Hoosiers The Hoosiers could very well end up not winning a game in conference play this season, as they don't get a chance to beat up on a bad Minnesota team, and have to face each of my top five teams in the Big 10.
11.) Minnesota Golden Gophers The Gophers managed to play in a bowl game in 2009, but really finished the season playing bad football. They won just one of their final five Big 10 contests, and will likely struggle to win any games in 2010 with just two starters back on defense.
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