at Florida Atlantic-Win
North Dakota State-Win
Let me revise this for you.
Ohio State- no chance
At Indiana- Close call... IU has as much talent as Minnesota does tho
North Dakota State- win
Amir Pinnix is a serviceable runningback. He's a 1000 yard rusher, but I don't think many people are going to gameplan on trying to stop him. Anyway, who else is coming back that will be of any reasonable talent on minnesota? Returning 9 players on defense is cool if they're all good or have a high upside, but returning 9 bad players on defense simply means you'll have 9 crappy players who've played for another year...
Here are my rankings for the big 10...
1. Wisconsin (most complete team in the big 10. Good d, good o.. good coach)
2a. Michigan (I like michigan a lot, and they scare me, but their defense is going to be even scarier for Michigan fans. If Lloyd doesn't open the offense up more to score more points, they're not going to win more than 10 games. Furthermore, the loss of Adrian Arrington is going to hurt)
2b. Ohio State (The obvious losses on offense will take their toll, but all the tough games are reserved until late in the season, which will give the young players time to step in and be experienced. Ohio State IMO is an opposite case of Michigan. Return a dominating defense, with questions on offense. Simply a matter of how well the offense steps up.)
3. Iowa (I like Christianson a lot. More upside than Tate. Furthermore, they'll return a healthy albert young, a more experienced Dominique Douglas, not to mention a slew of other highly experienced players. They should be an 8 win team this year who will threaten some upsets against Wisconsin, Michigan, and OSU.
4. Penn State (I almost wanted to put PSU lower. I just don't see anything out of this team that makes me think they'll be winners. They havent had success on offense since they ran the spread option, and they're far from switching back to that with Morelli. Morelli may improve, but I wouldn't bet on him becoming any better than a John Stocco or Curtis Painter type quarterback. Their defense took some hits this year losing poz and a few linemen, and I just am not sold on Dwill and the rest of their supposed star players. Conner and King will have to carry their d, but I dont think it'll be enough.)
5. Purdue (Underrated team. They return a decent quarterback who can manage a game pretty well, a few defensive players, and some real talented wide receivers. They'll be a decent team who'll make a bowl game, but nothing special.)
6. Illinois (Obviously they're a young team, but they have a lot to look forward to. They should beat up on the low level big ten teams (minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern) and have a lot of young talent with high upside and another year of experience. Juice Williams is the big name, but their biggest break out star this year could easily be freak tight end Jeff Cumberland. I would put them higher, but the experience factor along with zook factor has me putting them a bit lower.)
7. Michigan State (they lose stanton, seem to always have a bad defense, and need a fresh start. However, they return a real talented coach, and a good runningback in Ringer. We'll see how they do next year. They could really surprise people however.)
8. Indiana (They have a decent quarterback who has some experience, a very good receiver in Hardy, and some experience back. They'll still be bad, but they won't be as bad as some of the other teams now.)
9. Minnesota (I can't name a decent player on this team aside from Pinnix. I have a hard time seeing them win many games this year. They do have good upside with coach Brewster, but it'll take a year or two.)
10. Northwestern (Same case as Minnesota, but replace Pinnix with sutton and theres your team.)