SI.com's Andy Staples previews 2012 Big Ten season

SI.com’s Andy Staples knows the Big Ten. Not only does he cover the beat for SI.com, he is a frequent guest of ours on “Big Ten Football & Beyond.” Staples posted his Big Ten 2012 Conference Report on Monday, and it’s a great read. The biggest thing that stands out has to be Staples’ prediction for Purdue: 5-7, 2-6.

[SI.com: Big Ten 2012 Conference Report]

Here are some of the highlights from Staples’ preview:

  • They’ll be a rematch of the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Wisconsin meeting Michigan State on Dec. 1, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • Wisconsin RB Montee Ball will win Offensive MVP. Bold prediction, I know.
  • Michigan State LB Denicos Allen, fresh off one of the quietest 11-sack seasons in Big Ten history, will win Defensive MVP. Love the outside-the-box pick.
  • Ohio State WR Michael Thomas, he of the head-turning spring game, will be the Big Ten’s most impactful freshman.
  • Think Boise State-Michigan State and Michigan-Alabama are the only intriguing nonconference games? Think again. Staples is a fan of the Iowa-Northern Illinois game at Solider Field.

The Purdue prediction is a huge surprise. I mean, does anyone really see the Boilers not bowling this season? They’re a better team than last year, one that made a bowl game, they boast what could be a solid defense, anchored by tackle Kawann Short, and they have a pretty good offense. Maybe Purdue’s trio of quarterbacks scares Staples. It certainly isn’t an ideal situation.

Come to think of it, Staples’ entire state of Indiana predictions catch my eye. He has the Hoosiers going 5-7, with a 1-7 Big Ten clip. That means Staples thinks the Hoosiers, who won one game last season and didn’t beat a single FBS team, will sweep its nonconference foes, including games at Massachusetts and Navy.

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aroznowski on 8/20/2012 @ 7:19pm EDT Said:

Andy Staples has got to be kidding. This pretty much looks like what happened in 2011. There are four or five teams that will contend for the right to be considered the conference’s best football team this season, not just two or three. In the Big Ten, the 2012 football season will likely go down as the “Year of Parity”.

Doug on 8/20/2012 @ 11:02pm EDT Said:

Andy Staples has had the best analysis so far. I’ve said time and time again MSU and Wisky meet again, with MSU winning this time.

J on 8/21/2012 @ 9:51am EDT Said:

Sadly, Andy is not the only one who feels 5-7 is in the cards.

http://www.boiledsports.com/2012/07/early-look-at-2012-purdue-football.html