Big Ten bold predictions: Michigan football, MSU will be surpassed by Indiana
Our Big Ten experts on the USA TODAY Sports Network make bold predictions for the 2020 college football season.
Frank Bodani, York Daily Record: Minnesota will continue to build on its success from 2019 by winning the Big Ten West Division, playing in its first Big Ten title game and bringing the state of Ohio to the top.
[Want more Michigan soccer or Michigan State news? Download our free mobile app on iPhone and Android! ]]
Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Rutgers will claim a win in the nine week season. Crossover games against Illinois and Purdue, as well as matchups against Michigan State and Maryland, offer the Scarlet Knights a legitimate chance to give Greg Schiano a little pep in his first season.
He is Baaackkk. Greg Schiano Ball returns to Piscataway on Saturday, and the guess here is he'll score a surprise (or two) in 2020. And by excitement, we mean winning just one game. Rutgers has not won a Big Ten game since November 4, 2017, when it overtook Maryland at 31-24.
Graham Couch, The Lansing State Journal: Indiana finishes second in the Big Ten East, just behind Ohio.
Mark Emmert, The Des Moines Register: Lovie Smith leads Illinois to a 5-3 record for its fifth season at the top. Quarterback Brandon Peters leads a productive passing attack with broad receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe in shootout wins against Purdue, Minnesota and Nebraska, and the Illinois give Ohio state its greatest horror and undefeated season.
BIG TEN MEDIA POLL: Here experts say that U-M will be ready
U-M vs. MINNESOTA: Our scouting report, forecast
QB WHISPERER: Why Joe Milton needs old Jim Harbaugh to come back
Chris Iseman, Asbury Park Press: The state of Ohio has the Big Ten's greatest talent by far, but this is an odd year. The Buckeyes won't go undefeated, but they'll still make the college football playoffs as expected.
Hit the Heisman Pose? Justin Fields is a contender - and perhaps the favorite - for college football's highest individual award. But can he and the state of Ohio avoid a regular season surprise? It can't matter either way. The Buckeyes appear to be destined for the college football playoffs.
Chad Leistikow, The Des Moines Register: All 14 teams will complete the nine-game season without a coronavirus disruption, and all 14 head coaches will return to their respective facilities for the 2021 season.
Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star: In a strange year, the West wins the Big Ten title game for the first time since divisional realignment. AND Ohio State is still in the playoffs. Like I said, weird year.
Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Michigan and Nebraska, trained by former quarterbacks who returned to their respective Alma affairs to relive memories of past successes, will not win division titles. As a result, fan communities will wonder if the right man is in charge.
Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch: The Big Ten logs are holding up better than expected and few games are being canceled. Given that there is no margin for error with the season starting so late, we hope this turns out to be an accurate prediction.
BIG TEN AWARDS: conference teams for the preseason; Plus, player, coach of the year
MSU vs. RUTGERS: Our scouting report, forecast
TUCKER TIME: Mel Tucker's 2020 Mission: Build on Dantonio's Success
Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press: After a 3-9 season in 2020, Northwestern and head coach Pat Fitzgerald are set to negotiate a turnaround. With Indiana transfer in charge, Peyton Ramsey, and a new coordinator calling the Games, the Wildcats should be able to make dramatic improvements on offense after scoring the fifth worst score last season.
Jack Coan's foot injury could rearrange the pecking order in the Big Ten West in 2020.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press: Minnesota will overtake Wisconsin and win the west. The Badgers lost a lot on offense and quarterback Jack Coan is injured. Minnesota has the deadly combo of Tanner Morgan and Rashod Bateman, and this is the year of the insult. Row the boat (at least until the Gophers play Ohio State).
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press: The West will be more competitive than mediocre, but Jack Coan's injury hurts Wisconsin's opportunity, as does Nebraska's planners. Enter Minnesota as the dark horse. As many holes as the gophers have to fill in defense, they have the most dynamic offensive tandem in QB Tanner Morgan and WR Rashod Bateman, all five OL back and PJ Fleck's motivational dynamo.
This article originally appeared in Detroit Free Press: Big Ten Bold Predictions: Michigan Football, MSU Outperformed by Indiana
Click to receive the most important news as a notification!
Browns get positive COVID-19 test ahead of game vs. Titans
Wait, Did The Mandalorian Just Hint at a Popular Character Returning to Train Grogu?
Melania Trump Models a Checkered Coat & Teetering Heels to Welcome Young Artists to the White House
Sasha Obama Stuns in a Rare New TikTok That Shows Off Her Dance Moves
Explaining MLB's non-tender deadline: Why big names could join the free agent pool Wednesday
ICYMI, The Mandalorian Name-Dropping Grand Admiral Thrawn Is a Very Ominous Sign