SI's Mandel predicts Michigan vs. Ohio State B1G title game

If you want to see Ohio State and Michigan play on back-to-back weeks, you’ll like Stewart Mandel’s 2013 Big Ten football preview. Mandel, who released his preview Tuesday, picks Ohio State to beat Michigan in the Big Ten title game, one week after losing at Michigan.

[ SI.com: Ohio State, Michigan lead 2013 Big Ten conference preview ]

While Mandel doesn’t have the Buckeyes going unblemished – as many other experts predict – he’s still very high on Urban Meyer’s team. After all, he predicts Braxton Miller (Offensive MVP), Ryan Shazier (Defensive MVP) and Dontre Wilson (Impact Freshman) to take home three of his four superlative honors.

His only other superlative honor goes to Melvin Gordon (Breakout Star).

Other interesting notes:

  • Mandel picks Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State to all finish 6-2 in the Legends Division.
  • Mandel foresees another winless Big Ten campaign for Illinois, which has lost its last 14 conference games.
  • Not only does Mandel have Indiana (7-5, 4-4) bowling, he has it finishing ahead of Penn State (6-6, 3-5).
About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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JP on 8/20/2013 @ 2:43pm EST Said:

Exactly why ESPN has the word “Entertainment” in their name. Their football predictions are both comedy and tragedy every year.