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Big 10 Football Predictions – 2010 Season


Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Much like the Big 12, the hunt for the Big 10 title is a 3-team race. Ohio State won it last year and is the favorites again, but both Wisconsin and Iowa are more than capable of knocking the Buckeyes off. The rest of the conference breaks down into tiers and there will a lot of close games this season.

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  • 1. Ohio State (8-0): The reigning Big 10 Champs and winners of the Rose Bowl come into 2010 primed for a big season. QB Terrelle Pryor will be surrounded by the same skill players as last year, with Brandon Saine and Dan “Boom” Herron back to lead a rushing attack that averaged just under 200 yards per game last season. Each of the leading receivers return as well, and OSU is loaded with talent up front to plug the holes on an otherwise experienced offensive line. With all that returning and the potential of Pryor, the Buckeyes will have an offense that can put points up on anybody and could be one of the best in the nation. The scary thing for teams playing OSU is that the offense may not even need to score much, as the defense will be one of the best around. With Cameron Hayward returning to anchor the line, the top two tacklers on the team back at linebacker, and both starting corners back to lead the secondary, opposing teams will have a tough time moving the ball on a stingy Buckeye defense. Only four road games means the Buckeyes have a real good shot at running the table, but a slip up is possible and even likely either @ Wisconsin in mid October or @ Iowa in November in what could turn out to be the Big 10 Championship game – again.
  • 2. Iowa (6-2): The Hawkeyes, who took OSU to overtime last year in Columbus without starting QB Rick Stanzi, may again have the best chance to knock the Buckeyes off the top of the conference. Stanzi is healthy this year, and has a ton of weapons at his disposal. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has a chance to leave Iowa as the Hawks’ all-time leading receiver, and WR Marvin McNutt bust on the scene last year in his first full season at the position. In addition, the entire backfield is back from last year and a healthy Jewel Hampton will only add to that group; Hampton ran for 463 yards and 7 TD’s as a backup two years ago. The O-line will need to be rebuilt, but OT Riley Reiff is moving to LT and looks to be the next great Hawkeye lineman, and coach Kirk Ferentz is known for being a great offensive line coach. The real strength of the team will be defense, where all four lineman return and are led by pre-season All-American DE Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn’s 20 TFL and 11.5 sacks last season led the team, but each of the three other starters along the line have all-conference potential, making the Hawkeye D-line arguably the best in the country. LB’s Pat Angerer and AJ Edds and CB Amari Spievey, who are all in the NFL now, will be missed, but a great defensive line and two experienced safeties will again have this defense among the fiercest in the nation. Iowa gets OSU, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State all at home, but the schedule is still brutal. Eight bowl teams from last season litter the schedule and the Hawkeyes close with 3 of 4 on the road with Ohio State as the lone home game. They have the potential to make noise on a national level, but it is feasible to think that Iowa could actually be better than last year but finish with a worse record.
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2010 Big 12 Football Predictions


Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

It is easy to see who the top three teams in the conference are, but beyond that each team has some major holes. The Big 12 will again have big offenses, but it is the teams with stellar defenses that will rise to the top. Though Nebraska seems like a no-brainer in the North and Oklahoma and Texas will battle for the South, the rest of the conference is wide open.

Champion: Oklahoma – The Sooners defeat Nebraska in a hard-fought Big 12 Championship game.

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South Division

  • 1. Oklahoma (7-1): Don’t get used to the Sooners finishing in the middle of the division; Coach Bob Stoops will have this team back at the top of the Big 12 as early as this season. QB Landry Jones showed last year that he is good enough to lead the team to big things. Super-talented RB DeMarco Murray and WR Ryan Broyles will help Jones carry the load. The only real question on offense is along the offensive line, which received some heat for Sam Bradford going down last year and loses first round pick Trent Williams. The defense loses star DT Gerald McCoy but returns a total of 7 starters and will again be stout. The Sooners avoid Nebraska but will have tough games against Texas and Texas A&M. Oklahoma could end up in the Big 12 Championship this year as long as they can win the close games they failed to win last year; the Sooners lost 4 games by a touchdown or less.
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2009 Pac 10 Football Predictions


Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

It’s a 3 team race for the Pac 10 title in 2009. If ever there is a time to knock USC off its perch atop the conference it’s this year. The Trojans have to replace their starting QB and a boatload on defense. The window of opportunity is small though, as Pete Carroll’s USC team always manages to re-load and be among the most talented teams in the country year in and year out. Oregon and Cal are the top challengers for USC’s throne this year; read on to see if we think they have enough to get it done.
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2009 ACC Football Predictions


Saturday, June 13th, 2009

The ACC is a lot like the Big East in that they lack a true national title threat, but the competition within the conference will be fierce. Now, unlike the Big East, the ACC has several teams worthy of top 25 consideration and a couple that could crack the top 10. But the real competition within the ACC will be in the middle of the pack. We are pretty set on our top 3 and bottom 3, but there are 6 teams that could finish anywhere in the 4th-9th range. Read on for our breakdown of each team.
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2009 Big East Football Predictions


Thursday, June 11th, 2009



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The Big East is wide open this year. We could see any of the teams we have listed 1-4 winning the conference, and it wouldn’t at all be shocking to see Cincinnati or Connecticut as well. Each team in the conference has some major questions they need to answer, but each team also has bright spots and some great potential. Teams will beat up on each other and there are no gimme games on any team’s conference slate. In the end, we think West Virginia defeats Pitt on Nov. 27th to lock up the conference crown…but be prepared for any of these teams to make a run at the top of the Big East in 2009.
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SEC Football Predictions 2009


Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Why is the SEC the best conference in college football? Let’s hear your opinion in the comments!


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Big 12 Conference Football Predictions – 2009 Season


Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

We’ve started gazing into the crystal ball. Check out our Big 12 Conference football predictions for the upcoming 2009 season.


Champion: Oklahoma – The Sooners win their 8th Big 12th Championship in the last 11 years with an impressive win over Nebraska

South Division

  • 1. Oklahoma: Bob Stoops doesn’t run the table, but ends up being the only one-loss team in the South. Offense won’t be as explosive, but will still be very good. Defense will be great again if they can find replacements at safety.
  • T-2. Texas: Defense will be the Achilles heal for the Longhorns. Offense was solid again with Colt McCoy back, but they don’t get enough out of their ground game. Texas ends up with 2 conference losses.
  • T-2. Oklahoma St: Still not able to get over the hump.
  • 3. Texas Tech: The loss of Crabtree and Harrell takes its toll.
  • 4. Baylor: Robert Griffin has a great year, but Baylor still can’t find a way to beat the upper echelon teams.
  • 5. Texas A&M: The aggies finish the year on a dismal note. Mike Sherman is fired after just two seasons.

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North Division

  • 1. Nebraska: The Cornhuskers win the North with 3 conference losses. They prove to be solid on defense, and they are able to win a lot of close games.
  • 2. Colorado: Going out on a serious limb here, but Dan Hawkins finally delivers what has been expected of him in Boulder. The Buffs return an experienced offensive line, and the offense finally starts to click.
  • T-3. Kansas: Keep in mind Kansas could easily win the Big 12 North this year, but the loss of three of their top five tacklers on defense proves to be costly. Todd Reesing returns to a dangerous offense when you throw in Kerry Meier, Dezmon Briscoe, and rising junior Johnathan Wilson forming a dangerous receiving corps.
  • T-3. Missouri: Mizzou struggles to thrive in a post-Chase Daniel era. Maclin was missed.
  • 4. Kansas St: Defense was awful last year, and it didn’t get much better this year. The Wildcats couldn’t find an answer at quarterback. I’m not sold on the Bill Snyder rejuvenation hype.
  • 5. Iowa State: The Cyclones start 2009 with their 3rd coach in 4 years. Coaching turnover is never good when you’ve consistently been a bottom dweller for recruiting. Iowa State wins only one Big 12 game.

Let’s hear your predictions in the comments!

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