I thought what was going to win the big ten west.
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What will finish second.
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Who will finish first, What will finish second and I Don't Know will finish third.
Whichever team puts the best defense on the field will be in the driver's seat. With Scott Frost and Jeff Brohm's offenses in that division if the rest of the division cannot stop those passing attacks they can forget about beating them. WIsconsin historically has always had issues defending spread teams so if they can solve that they should be the favorite. That Nov. 16 Wisconsin-Nebraska will likely be for the all the marbles in that division.
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If I was required to put money on it, I’m going with Wisconsin. Last year just feels like an anamoly to me and Wisconsin will be back to being Wisconsin in 2019.
Does the 5* transfer QB transform the NW offense? The Purple usually have a good defense but historically do not score much. I believe some improvement will be made but not enough to repeat as West division champions. Forget about Illinois because that defense will not improve enough this year, but they are starting to attract a little talent. Purdue overachieved against the Buckeyes but does not have enough to finish on top. Nebraska will move up but the defense is a year or two away. It comes down to Wisconsin and Iowa who always have a disciplined team which capitalizes on mistakes and hangs onto the ball a long, long time. I will flip a coin and call Wisconsin my hunch to continue the tradition to finish on top of the West and fall in the B1G championship.
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This is where I fall. If the transfer QB can put up some numbers then I think that NW makes it in with Fitzgerald’s defense containing Nebraska and Purdue enough.
I overlooked the boat rowers who will finish in the bottom 3 but their coach will capture plenty of headlines. They do not have the talent or discipline to finish in the top three. Your mileage may vary.
Not enough discipline??? You just don't like Fleck and did 0 research. Minnesota was the 10th least penalized team in college football despite being over a third freshmen. They are fine on discipline.
They also have the most talent on defense in the west and multiple NFL players on offense. It's ok to not like Fleck but don't be dumb about it.
Spartan - I think Fleck is a hell of a coach, especially for a program like Minnesota. Recruiting at an all time high for their program and it showed in the disparity in athletes when they played a similar program in Ga Tech in their bowl game. I think Fleck just needs his QB and he doesn’t have him yet, that’s why I don’t think Minnesota is a legit contender to win the West but should be a bowl team once again.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Minnesota start off 7-1, or even 8-0. Their SEP/OCT schedule is cake. November is going to get them though, PSU/@Iowa/@NW/Wisconsin, all in-a-row.
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Not Nebraska. They're the Michigan of the west with the hype. Wisconsin has bad cross over games but I think they prevail with Iowa and Minnesota close behind.
I can only predict that the team with the most west victories will finish first and I have no clue who that will be.
I think Purdue takes it. I hope they do. I’d like redemption and a Conference Championship. That would be a great season. Already preparing for us to get left out of the playoffs.
Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue will be competitive. Iowa, Northwestern and Nebraska are probably a bit more likely to get to Indy. Wiscy breaks in a new QB and doesn’t have anyone to rush the QB on defense. If Northwestern can find a few receivers for the 5 star they could be downright formidable
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A predictably shitty team.
Hopefully Purdue or Iowa
The race will be tight again. I am giving the early edge to the 3 teams that were elite in at least one aspect of the game last year. The winner this year, will likely be the team that gets the best QB-play.
Wisconsin (3rd Run-O) Taylor, along w/ 2 All-B1G OL, Biadasz and Van Lanen, return.
Iowa (19th Pass-D) Return 3/4 DBs w/ 60% of INTs, and also 51% of TFLs.
NW (18th Run-D) Top-5 and 7/10 tacklers return.
Minny and Nebby are trendy picks in the Media, but I don’t get the hype at all. They do both have the friendliest schedules in the division. Outside of that, neither of them do anything particularly well.
I meant to say that NEB did run the ball well last year w/ Martinez (7th, yet their overall-O was 42nd), but the RBs are out. Washington is suspended and Ozigbo graduated.
I just think that their awful Run-D (112th) will be too much to overcome. The defense was bad enough last year, and they lost 5/6 Top-tacklers. The recruits replacing the departed production were ranked 269, 350, 466, 588, 631, 665, 846 and un-ranked.
There's practically zero chance of this, but wouldn't it be funny if Illinois won the division?
Hey, they have a better chance of winning the West than Rutgers does the East. LOL.
Illinois was extremely youn last year, I also don't know why the media has it foregone this is Lovie's last year. They won't be very good but they won't be Rutgers either.
Iowa. Defense will be solid. Offense line will be very strong, w/two NFL quality tackles. Nathan Stanley is a very good QB moving into his 3rd year starting.
Wisky is good but starting a true freshman QB.
Northwestern. A lot rides on their 5 star transfer. Defense will be solid as usual.
Nebraska has a great WB and offensive scheme. They struggled to stop anyone last year on D. Still not deep on talent.
Purdue is similar to Nebraska with a great offensive scheme but not a good defense. They don’t have the overall talent.
Minnesota. Young team improved and good fundamentals. Could be a dark horse but could be really average, too.
Illinois will improve but they’re a long way off from contending for anything.
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And so forth...
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Going with Nebraska - finishing at least 9-3.
Here's some stream of consciousness predictions:
Nebraska: 1) Easy win over USA, 2) tough game against Col, I predict a win, but the rails could come off this season early, 3) W over NIU, 4) IT'S A TRAP - the very definition. On the road at Illinois the week before hosting OSU while likely 3-0 with the hype train rolling; they probably win, but I bet it's close and Illinois could shock, 5) whipped by OSU, (1-1 in Conf), 6) @ home vs. NW, seems like a classic game for NW to win (1-2), 7) @Minn - bounce back (2-2), 8) W over Indy (3-2), 9) @ Purdue, close, I'll give it to Neb (4-2), 10) home vs. Wisky, loss (4-3), 11) W over Mary (5-3), 12) W @ home vs. Iowa (6-3)
Wisky: 1&2) wins over S. Florida & CMU, 3) L @ home to UM (0-1), 4-5) Ws over NW, Kent St. (1-1), 6=7) W over MSU & Ill (3-1), 8) crushed by OSU (3-2), 9-12) can they sweep out against Iowa, @Neb, Pur, @Minn? I say no and give Purdue the win after an emotional defeat of Neb by UW (6-3 in confernce)
Iowa: 1-4) a chance at 4-0, including Rutger, but I'm worried they lose @ISU this year, 5) L @UM, 6) L to PSU (1-2), 7) W over Pur, 8) W over NW, 9) L to Wisky (3-3), 10) W over Minn (4-3), 11) W over Ill (5-3), 12) L to Neb (5-4)
Minn: 1-3) chance at 3-0 OOC, but @Fresno no gimmie, 4) L @ Pur (0-1), 5) W over Ill (1-1), 6) L to Neb (1-2), 7-8) Ws over Rutgers & Mary (3-2), 9-10) Ls to PSU & Iowa (3-4), 11) L to NW (3-5), 12) L to Wis (3-6)
NW: 1) Loss to Stanford, 2) W over UNLV, 3) L to MSU (0-1), 4) L to Wisky (0-2), 5) W over Neb (1-2), 6) L to OSU (1-3), 7) L to Iowa (1-4), 8) W over Ind (2-4), 9) W over Pur (3-4), 10) W over UMass, 11) Win over Minn (4-4), 12) W at Ill (5-4)
Purdue: 1-3) I could see anything from 3-0 to 0-3 OOC, 4) W over Minn (1-0), 5) L to PSU (1-1), 6) W over MD (2-1), 7) L to Iowa (2-2), 8) W over Ill (3-2), 9) loss to Neb (3-3), 10) L to NW (3-4), 11) W over Wisky (4-4), 12) W over Ind (5-4)
Ill: (1-8) (Rutgers)
Obviously a couple of games can swing all of this. Some thoughts:
-- this assumes Illinois loses to all, but they will probably sneak a win
-- assumes OSU, Michigan, MSU and PSU go undefeated vs. the West. Probably MSU or PSU drop one or two
Those facets above could create huge swings, as well as the obvious head to head. But the West looks like a mess. Wisconsin at a big disadvantage with OSU and UM. That being said, if Wisky can go 6-1 otherwise with that solo loss not coming to another 6-3 or better in conference, they could still pull it out.
But I am guessing the winner of the West will have 3 conference losses. To get to even a 2 Loss scenario
- Wisconsin has to beat either OSU or Mich or go 7-0 against the West
- Neb, unless they beat OSU, has to go 6-1 against the West (maybe the best shot)
- Iowa has to beat UM or PSU or go 7-0 against the West
- Minn unless they beat PSU has to go 6-1 against the West. PSU is beatable, so Minnesota may have a path to 2 Ls
- NW has to beat OSU or MSU or go 7-0 against the West
- Purdue has to beat PSU or go 6-1 against the west. Like Minnesota, since PSU is beatable, Purdue may have a path to 2 Ls
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I can see Iowa beating UM. Decent QB vs a defense with a lot of new faces. Iowa usually doesn’t get blown out. If this game is close at the end give me Ferenz ball.
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Not that they play there often but Iowa always seems to play terribly at Michigan Stadium for some reason.
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The West should be much improved this year. I haven't been following those teams all that closely but it seems like many of them have upgrades in coaching and recruiting. Those are the lifeblood.
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It is an improved division and I believe we’ll see the west have a few more victories over east teams. Iowa especially has some good experience and talent mixed in. I’m leaning towards another COY award for Ferentz and it would be a pleasure to whip dat ass in Indy!
It's one of the best divisions because of its balance and its coaching. They aren't as strong as other divisions when it comes to the best teams but they have an argument when comparing the top 6 or all 7 teams.
Purdue is winning the west
Minnesota is terrible and PJ fleck is getting fired after this year
Wisconsin will be good but since they run and offense from the 80's they're in the twilight of their hay day.
Nebraska will be good but their defense was terrible last year and won't be much better this year, people are so high on nebraska but theyre not winning more then 9 games, which is where Bo Pelini was at.
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Minnesota isn’t terrible, they beat their archrivals Wisconsin for the first time in 15 years last year and completely dominated Ga Tech in their bowl game. If you go by 247Sports, PJ Fleck is recruiting at an all time high for that program. I think Fleck will be there for a long time to come.
I am fascinated to watch this race all season long. I think if Hunter Johnson plays up to his 5* potential, Northwestern should be the favorite. If not Northwestern, I think Nebraska is next team up. I can also see Iowa, Wisconsin, and Purdue winning the division. This is gonna be fun!
We need a dominant West team. Having to face a 3-4 loss team in the B1G Championship will hurt our playoff chances unless we’re undefeated. And that assumes we have a strong East. It’s very possible that UM and PSU both take a step back this year. UM because of defensive losses and a PSU because of McSorley. I do think Sparty will be better this year though.
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I have the winner of Iowa vs Minnesota heading to Indy. I'll go with Iowa. Every 4 to 5 years . It's time for them to peak again.
Ferentz will definitely be motivated. I think he's only locked up through 2037. Probably feeling the heat to earn another extension.
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I think it comes down to 3 teams, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota. I don't think NW or Purdue will be good enough this year, and Wisconsin has a brutal crossover schedule with Ohio State and the two Michigan schools (at home). Minnesota and Nebraska have the easiest crossovers, as they play host to OSU and PSU and no other hard teams. Iowa plays at Michigan and hosts PSU, so even if they go 2-1 they can still be in it. But Iowa has to travel to Nebraska and to Wisconsin. I'm gonna go with Nebraska though, going 9-3 and winning the west.
I think they lose to Stanford (very, very close) and to the Buckeyes (not so close but respectable), and with a 2 loss season, Northwestern repeats as back to back BTW champs.
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