It’s always fun to offer bold predictions before football season kicks off. In the end, more times than not, the practice makes you look silly. Like, two years ago when I pegged Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase to be in the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year race. Whatever, it’s still entertaining. That being the case, I asked my Twitter followers for their 2013 bold predictions, and there were some bold ones.
Expectations were big for Michigan State entering last season, as the Spartans were coming off consecutive 11-win seasons and an appearance in the Big Ten title game after the 2011 season. Alas, a sluggish offense was a big culprit in a disappointing 7-6 season. But hope springs eternal for MSU in 2013, thanks to what looks to be another stout defense. Here is my Best Case/Worst Case for Michigan State.
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BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown starts with Ohio State’s 21-14 overtime victory over Wisconsin. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the next nine games at the same time through Aug. 11. Until then, relive the thrilling game in this post.
Iowa product Chuck Long has a long history in college football. He was a star quarterback at Iowa from 1981-85 who led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl after the 1985 season, when Long also was runner-up to Auburn’s Bo Jackson for the Heisman Trophy.
It’s road trip time! BTN is on its annual fall bus tour across Big Ten country. This year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart, get started Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Indiana and finish up Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Iowa.
Michigan is the pick of many to win the Legends Division in Brady Hoke’s third season in Ann Arbor. There is a lot to like about the Wolverines, who continue to accumulate an impressive collection of talent. But how will the d-line develop? Will the running game get back on track? Here’s my look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for Michigan this season.