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2012 Preseason Big 10 Football Rankings

2012 Big 10 Football Preseason Rankings

If defense continues to rule the Big 10, expect the Michigan State Spartans to rule the roost!

Although it’s only July, we thought it was about time to start thinking a little bit about college football.  What better way to kick things off than to take a look ahead at the Big 10 Conference.  Traditional powerhouse football programs like Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan, and Penn State make the Big Ten one of the toughest conferences in the country every year.  This year will be no different with 3 teams ranked in the top 10 to begin the year.  The question is who will win the Big 10 in 2012?

2012 Big 10 Football Rankings

1.  Michigan State Spartans

The Big 10 is always a defense first conference.  MSU should have the stingiest defense in the conference as they will be returning 9 starters from a squad the boasted the top overall defense.  There are some questions on offense but a solid running game should help new QB Andrew Maxwell settle in.

2.  Wisconsin Badgers

It never really seems to matter where people predict the Badgers to finish since they are always in the hunt for a Big 10 title when the season comes to an end.  Like MSU, there are some questions on offense but Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball is back to dominate the running game and the defense should be as good as ever.  The Badgers also have a rather favorable schedule as MSU and OSU will have to make the trip to Camp Randall Stadium.

3.  Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines easily could be the #1 team this preseason with a potent offense led by Denard Robinson and Fitz Toussaint.  However, offensive juggernauts typically do not fare all that well in the Big 10.  Michigan’s schedule is also rather difficult with a date with Alabama in addition to conference games against Nebraska and Ohio State on the road.

4.  Ohio State Buckeyes

New head coach Urban Meyer has his work cut out for him rebuilding a team that finished 6-7 last year.  However, OSU has a lot of talent coming in with the #1 recruiting class in the Big 10 which includes two 5-star and thirteen 4-star prospects.  The new talent should help Coach Meyer install his new offense.

5.  Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Cornhuskers appear destined for Big 10 mediocrity this season.  While they have a sure and steady offense with Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead leading the way, there are still many questions on defense.  They also have a tough schedule that includes road games against Ohio State and Michigan State.

6.  Penn State Nittany Lions

Chalk this up as another lost season as PSU will be looking to get the Joe Paterno – Jerry Sandusky stink off the football program.  They still have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball but no one knows what the 2012 squad is going to look like outside of tailback Silas Redd.

7.  Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue could be one of the bigger surprises in the Big 10 this year.  They are fresh off a bowl victory in 2011 and will return most of their impact players.  This team will go as far as QB Rob Henry will take them.

8.  Northwestern

The Wildcats lost their QB – WR combo with Dan Persa and Jeremy Ebert leaving.  However, Kain Colter gained some valuable experience last year and showed his is more than capable of running the offense.  The big questions for Northwestern comes on defense.  If they can figure out a way to stop anybody this team could surprise some people.

9.  Iowa Hawkeyes

Most think the Hawkeyes are better than 9th in the big 10 but they lost a lot of talent from a mediocre 7-5 team.  Iowa #6 ranked recruiting class just won’t have enough impact players to truly contend in the Big 10.

10.  Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illini have a new head coach and there will certainly be some adjustment that will need to take place before U of I makes any impact in the Big 10.  They do have some talent on defense so don’t be surprised if they pull off an upset or two but consistency will certainly be a problem.

11.  Minnesota Golden Gophers

If the Gophers were in the Leaders Division they might have a shot if  quarterback MarQueis Gray can continue to develop.  However, they are in the Legends Division and it will not be a fun season for them.

12. Indiana Hoosiers

The Hoosiers finished just 1-11 last year.  While we expect them to improve quite a bit over last season, it’s hard to imagine this team competing for much.  Hey, at least the Hoosier have only one direction to go…up!

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Top Weekend Events 10/07/11 – 10/09/11

Woo hoo…it’s practically the weekend.

I think, foreseeable future, the Top Weekend Events list should be renamed as The Top College Football Games this Weekend list.  Although, it should be noted and highlighted that a concert made the list this weekend.  Taylor Swift’s Dallas show has attracted much fan interest and people are still clamoring for tickets.

Of note for college football this weekend especially is the Georgia vs. Tennessee game.  This is a big, big game in the SEC East.  If Georgia wins this game, their game with Florida on 10/29 will be a deciding one.  It could potentially decide who wins the division.  Georgia is expected to win this game, but only by a slim margin.

Last weekend, Auburn’s win over South Carolina surprised many; however, neither Auburn nor Arkansas has much of a chance at winning the SEC West title.  That title is pretty firmly in the LSU Tiger’s hands.

The Texas Oklahoma game should be exciting, even though it seems like it’s received ZERO media attention.  Texas is currently ranked 11th in the country, and no one seems to notice.  Oklahoma is expected to win this game, but if Texas were to pull through, that would be huge!

Nebraska vs. Ohio is only considered a big game since it’s a Big 10 matchup.  The OSU Buckeyes have had a pretty poor showing lately, and it shouldn’t be of any surprise if they lose to the Cornhuskers.

And even though Texas Tech may take an early lead, the Texas A&M Aggies should be expected to overthrow the Red Raiders easily.

Top Weekend Events 10/07 – 10/09/2011

1.)    Notre Dame vs. Air Force, Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN – Saturday, October 8th

2.)    Texas vs. Oklahoma, Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX – Saturday, October 8th

3.)    Nebraska vs. Ohio State, Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE – Saturday, October 8th

4.)    Northwestern vs. Michigan, Ryan Field, Evanston, IL – Saturday, October 8th

5.)    Taylor Swift, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX – Saturday, October 8th

6.)    Clemson vs. Boston, Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC – Saturday, October 8th

7.)    Arkansas vs. Auburn, Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR – Saturday, October 8th

8.)    Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M,  Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX – Saturday, October 8th

9.)   LSU vs. Florida, Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA – Saturday, October 8th

10.) Tennessee vs. Georgia, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN – Saturday, October 8th