Sporting News Predicts Final Big Ten Football Standings

first_imgOhio State football players carrying Big Ten signs.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after their 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is almost upon us. Of all the Power Five conferences, the Big Ten looks to be most intriguing one. Ohio State is bringing in a new head coach while several other teams like Michigan are installing new offenses.No one can say for sure if new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day can fill the massive shoes of Urban Meyer. By the same token, no one can say that a new offense is all Michigan needs to beat the Buckeyes and clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.Sporting News has revealed its predictions for the Big Ten football standings, and sees very little change in the East with Ohio State once again coming out on top, despite Michigan entering the season as the favorite in the division.Big Ten East Division: 1. Ohio State 2. Michigan 3. Penn State 4. Michigan State 5. Indiana 6. Maryland 7. RutgersIn the West Division, Northwestern stunned everyone by knocking off the likes of Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska to win the division title. But the aforementioned runner-ups have made some changes of their own.Sporting News’ predictions indicate that the Badgers will be coming out on top, with Nebraska returning to their winning ways but still falling short. At Big Ten Media Days, Nebraska and Iowa split votes as favorites in the division.Big Ten West Division:1. Wisconsin 2. Nebraska 3. Northwestern 4. Iowa 5. Purdue 6. Minnesota 7. IllinoisThe decision to name Wisconsin the conference winner would seem to go against the betting lines. Nebraska actually has the third-highest odds of winning the Big Ten title at +1000. Wisconsin has the second-best odds in their own division but sixth-best to win the league at +1600.The Big Ten champion has been snubbed from the College Football Playoff in each of the last two seasons.To avoid making it three in a row, someone is going to have to decisively separate themselves from the crowd.[Sporting News]last_img

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