2008 Big Ten Football Preview
Big Ten football preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Big Ten football preview as well as individual team previews for all 11 big ten football teams and our big 10 predictions. Dont miss Maddux's free college football picks on the weekly college football odds from the #1 sports handicapping team.
The Big Ten Conference creates national championship contenders and bowl teams. Last season, eight of 11 clubs ventured to post-season contests with Ohio State vying for the national championship. OSU lost to the LSU Tigers 38-24.
The Ohio State Buckeyes welcome back topnotch starters and some of the best players in the conference. The game versus USC can be a deal-breaker as far as the national championship is concerned. QB Todd Boeckman is the guy that you want on the field when the game is on the line.
Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bret Bielema is a fine motivator who possesses football smarts. Highlights include the special teams, which are tough and tight end Travis Beckum, who has soft and reliable hands. The Badgers welcome a host of talented and skilled players. But who will be quarterback?
Joe Paterno’s Penn State Nittany Lions have a tough schedule but a lot of fine players who will “bring game” to the field every time. Defensive end Maurice Evans is a play making force but the loss of linebacker Sean Lee for the entire season is immeasurable.
The Fighting Illini of Illinois have nurtured and developed some of the best talent in the league. QB Juice Williams is a fine mover, who can make losses into gains. RB Rashard Mendenhall is now in the NFL and will be extremely tough to replace.
The Michigan Wolverines are undergoing major changes under coach Rich Rodriguez. The defensive line is new and talented. Look for this unit to make a big difference and for the secondary to be better than many expect.
The lack of a ground game has hurt the Iowa Hawkeyes recently, but they’ve recruited a fine new class of fleet-footed ball carriers. The team certainly shows talent at wide receiver. On the defensive side, the tackles are sure and new skill players will make a difference. Iowa could do better than many think.
QB Brian Hoyer looked good at the end of the season. If he can stay on target, the Michigan State Spartans will win more than they lose. The best news is the offensive line, which has been greatly improved. But the defense is questionable, especially the secondary.
The Boilermakers of Purdue will put one of the most talented passers in the nation on the field. QB Curtis Painter has a fine arm and game smarts. But his receiving corps is thin. The defense is up and coming.
Look for the Indiana Hoosiers to field a fine pass rush with defensive end Greg Middleton putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Hoosiers are starting to look good and that certainly helped recruitment this season.
Last season was a terrible one for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. But this year, they return a talented group with experience and drive. They are still rebuilding and have plenty of unknowns on both offense and defense.
Finally, the Northwestern Wildcats have a fine connection between prolific passer C.J. Bacher and WR Eric Peterman. But they have to find a running game. The new backs may be inexperienced but they do possess potential. The offensive line has been upgraded, which bodes well for the ground attack.
Big 10 Predictions
1) Ohio State
3) Penn State
7) Michigan State
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