As the college football season gets closer, more season predictions are released. Bruce Feldman with The Athletic released his Big Ten predictions on Tuesday, with the winner not coming from the mighty and competitive East division.
Winner: Wisconsin over Ohio State
His explanation on Michigan going 10-2:
“No one will ever question Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson’s arm. He has one of the quickest releases in college football and moves well, but he still needs more polish. The receivers he inherits were very young last year, and the Wolverines have two good running backs. The O-line that was a dud last year should be better with another year of experience. The biggest reason for optimism: Don Brown’s defense should be even nastier this year than it was in 2017.”
While Feldman doesn’t list his two losses for Michigan, I have an idea they are Ohio State on the road and likely Wisconsin.
If Michigan finishes at 10-2 losing to these two teams, was it a success? This would mean wins on the road at Notre Dame and Michigan State plus a home win over Penn State. Expectations are very high for Michigan with a likely more productive offense and tough defense. I’d say anything less than winning the East division and playing for the Big Ten Championship wouldn’t be deemed a successful year by fans.
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