One season it is considered arguably the weakest conference in college football. The next season it has a team that bagged a national championship – the first in the College Football Playoff era – and the perception changes a little bit.
What a difference a year makes!
With the addition of Jim Harbaugh to Michigan, along with Urban Meyer bringing back a loaded Buckeye team, this will make for an interesting season.
Without further ado…
East (not “Legends”) Division
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Penn State
Analysis: No need for major analysis here. Ohio State is not only the best team in the country headed into this season, it is by far the best team in the Big Ten.
Sure Michigan State and its nasty defense could give the Buckeyes fits. James Franklin has Penn State in the right direction. And last but not least, Jim Harbaugh will turn Michigan around sooner rather than later. But let’s be real about one thing: the East Division – and B1G – is Ohio State’s world and everyone else is living in it.
West (not “Leaders”) Division
Analysis: This division may be the red-headed stepchild of the conference, but at least it’s not as top-heavy as the East. This division should be a three-team race between Wisconsin, Nebraska and Minnesota. Nebraska should do well under coach Mike Riley, but I think Wisconsin is just too talented to relinquish the West.
The biggest question for the Badgers is will they actually show up in the B1G Championship game against the Buckeyes this time around?