Jon’s Big Ten Conference Football Predictions

Urban Meyer’s status at Ohio State is still up in the air as I write this preview. I’m just kidding. Everyone knows there’s no way way he’s fired. Let’s be honest here. Urb wins too many games for an elite program to fire a coach that wins 11-12 games every year and has won a national title within the past few years.

College football is a cesspool and there’s simply no chance Ohio State’s investigation will turn up anything other than, “while we don’t condone lying and domestic abuse, it’s come to our conclusion that Urban wins too many games errrrr hasn’t done anything worthy of being fired. But rest assured, we’ll make sure we give him a stern talking to.”

So, with that, let’s get on with my 2018 Big Ten Conference football predictions.

Big Ten West

  1. Wisconsin          (10-3) (7-2)*
  2. Iowa                        (9-3) (6-3)
  3. Nebraska             (8-4) (5-4)
  4. Purdue                  (7-5) (5-4)
  5. Northwestern  (7-5) (5-4)
  6. Minnesota          (4-8) (2-7)
  7. Illinois                   (4-8) (2-7)

Big Ten East

  1. Michigan             (12-1) (8-1)*
  2. Penn State           (10-2) (7-2)
  3. Ohio State           (9-3) (6-3)
  4. Michigan State  (8-4) (5-4)
  5. Indiana                   (5-7) (3-6)
  6. Rutgers                  (3-9) (2-7)
  7. Maryland              (2-10) (0-9)

*Includes Big Ten Championship Game

Big Ten Teams in Final AP Poll:  Michigan #4, Penn State #7, Wisconsin #11, Ohio State #13, Iowa #20, Michigan State #23

Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year: Shea Patterson (QB Michigan)

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year:  Nick Bosa (DE Ohio State)

Big Ten Coach of the Year: Jim Harbaugh (Michigan)

Big Ten Newcomer of the Year: Shea Patterson (QB Michigan)

Big Ten Champion: Michigan