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2019 Big Ten East Preview

2019 Big Ten East Preview

2019 Big Ten East Preview

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The Big Ten east will be a battle at the top of the division. New faces entering the rotation at Ohio State and Penn State, while Michigan looks for its first Big Ten crown under Coach Harbaugh.

Michigan: (Prediction: 11 Wins)

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I truly believe Michigan will finally claim a Big Ten title under Harbaugh this year. They will not only finish with the best record in the conference, but they will go on to play in the college football playoffs. The offense has a chance to be dynamic and they will continue to have a hard-nosed defense. This team will go as far as the offense will allow them and QB Shea Patterson has to be the guy this year. After a quality season last year, Patterson can very well be a dark horse Heisman candidate.

Key Matchups: @ Wisconsin (9/21), @ Penn State (10/19), vs Notre Dame (10/26), vs Ohio State (11/30)

Ohio State: (Prediction: 10 Wins)

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Ohio State is looking at a drop off from their former success. Although they will still be talented on both sides of the ball their schedule and coaching changes lead me to err on the side of caution. QB Justin Fields can be a big contributor in his first season after transferring from Georgia. J.K. Dobbins will continue his dominant rushing attack throughout this season for the Buckeyes. Most teams will have the Ohio State game circled on their calendar ready to take down the defending Big Ten champs.

Key Matchups: @ Nebraska (9/28), vs Wisconsin (10/26), vs Penn State (11/23), @ Michigan (11/30)

Michigan State: (Prediction: 9 Wins)

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Michigan State’s offense will make or break them this year. Anytime you get to play Illinois, Maryland, and Rutgers you can set yourself up for a big year. They play three winnable non-conference games and get Penn State at home this year. Michigan State will be looking to turn around its abysmal offense from a year ago. The defense will be the main unit for this team, but even with its dominance, it can only be effective if it’s not on the field all game. Quarterback play will be a focal point for the offense as a now seasoned veteran Brian Lewerke looks to lead the team. The Ohio State match-up will be one to look out for as I think Ohio State will be coming off a loss on the road to Nebraska the week prior.

Key Matchups: @ Ohio State (10/5), @ Wisconsin (10/12), vs Penn State (10/26), @ Michigan (11/16)

Penn State: (Prediction: 9 Wins)

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I might be buying into Penn State a little too much here, but I like them at nine wins. I also have them as the only Big Ten team to take down Michigan. Losing Trace McSorley is a hard blow and either Sean Clifford or Will Levis will have to step up and lead the team. With a well-rounded offense and strong noised defense, Penn State could make some noise. As long as their offensive weapons can continue to move the ball and put up points the team can find success. They can use some momentum and their home crowd to rally them to some big wins this season.

Key Matchups: @ Iowa (10/12), vs Michigan (10/19), @ Michigan State (10/26), @ Ohio State (11/23)

Indiana: (Prediction: 4 Wins)

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I’ve gone back and forth with my Indiana predictions. They should have enough talent to take them to a bowl game, but they find themselves consistently ending up short. Their scheme and coaching staff have at times hinder their ability to pull out big wins. My biggest concern is that they play weaker teams on the road which will put them at a disadvantage and the powerhouses at home. I think six wins would call for Hoosier hysteria, but I have them at four.

Key Matchups: vs Ohio State (9/14), @ Michigan State (9/28), @ Nebraska (10/26), @ Purdue (11/30)

Maryland: (Prediction: 3 Wins)

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Maryland’s best bet is to build a solid future. I do not see a ton of wins in their immediate future, but they can build up a good program. Bringing in Micheal Locksley was a home run for the program. A native to the area and a coach that can recruit and knows how to win. This season Maryland will struggle to find an identity, but they will attempt to build a new culture around the program. Maryland’s best years could very well be ahead of them

Key Matchups: vs Syracuse (9/7), @ Rutgers (10/5), vs Michigan (11/2), vs Nebraska (11/23)

Rutgers: (Prediction: 3 Wins)

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There’s not much to say about Rutgers. I have been waiting for their football program to return to its mid-2000’s form for a while now. I just don’t think they have the talent to compete in the Big Ten, and they never will if they continue to miss out on the big-name New York and New Jersey recruits. Three wins is what I am going with, and anything more would be a great season.

Key Matchups: vs Boston College (9/21), @ Indiana (10/12), @ Illinois (11/2), @ Penn State (11/30)

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