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Big 10 Football Predictions – 2013 Season

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Wisconsin has quietly won three straight conference titles, but 2013 is shaping up to be the season in which the traditional powers return to the top of the heap: OSU is an early favorite for a National Championship appearance, and Michigan will be involved in a three-way race in the Legends division. However, there will still be plenty of competition in the final season before division re-alignment. Check out our 2013 Big Ten predictions below.


Legends Division

  • 1. Michigan 9-3 (6-2): A year ago, Denard Robinson’s departure was a scary thought for Wolverines fans, but QB Devin Gardner showed flashes of brilliance down the stretch last fall. Gardner doesn’t have Robinson’s wheels, but he can still run enough when he needs to and is a far more accurate passer than Denard. LT Taylor Lewan will protect Gardner’s blind side, and WR Jeremy Gallon, TE Devin Funchess and RB Fitz Toussaint give Michigan plenty of weapons on offense. DC Greg Mattison has quickly turned the Michigan defense into an intimidating unit, and his expertise will be needed to keep the unit near the top of the conference this season. Several impact performers departed after last season and LB Jake Ryan suffered an injury this spring that will keep him out for most of the season. There are some pieces though, including LB Desmond Morgan, safety Thomas Gordon and DE Frank Clark, who could bust out and earn all-conference honors this fall. The Wolverines get the two biggest games (Notre Dame and Ohio State) at home, but trips to Penn State and Michigan State will be tests. Look for Michigan to improve on last season’s 8-5 mark and fight for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.
  • 2. Northwestern 9-3 (5-3): After surprising the conference and winning 10 games in 2012, the Wildcats could be even better this year. The offense returns largely intact, led by do-everything QB Cain Colter, dynamic RB Venric Mark, and a host of talented receivers. Colter is again expected to rotate with QB Trevor Siemian, but the Wildcats are just a steady passing attack away from having one of the deadliest offenses in not just the Big 10, but the entire country. The offensive line is a bit of a question mark, but the Wildcats excel at getting their playmakers in space and doing work in the open field. The defense was only average in 2012, but all-conference talent at each level provides reason for optimism this fall. DE Tyler Scott is a sack machine, LB Damien Proby racks up tackles, and safety Ibraheim Campbell is as productive as any safety in the Big 10. Mix in LB Chi Chi Ariguzo and CB Nick VanHoose, and the Wildcats defense is filled with playmakers. After opening conference play with tough games against Ohio State and Wisconsin, the Wildcats play five straight against Legends competition and will certainly have a say in who represents the division in the Big 10 Championship. (more…)