Brad’s 2021 College Football Preview- Big Ten Predictions

2020 Big Ten Conference football season - Wikipedia

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few hours to publish my 15th annual college football preview guide which will contain 19 entries in all. The records below reflect each team’s predicted regular season overall record followed by their conference record.  These records include conference title games for the two division champions but exclude bowl games which will be previewed later on in a separate column on this blog.  The team marked in bold font in each conference preview is my predicted champion for that particular league.  Without further ado, here are my predictions for the Big Ten Conference in 2021. In one of my biggest surprises of this entire preview guide, I have Ohio State getting shut out of the playoffs despite winning this conference with a 12-1 record! Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, I am calling for four teams in the four other Power 5 conferences to go 13-0.

Big 10
East Division
1Ohio State (12-1, 8-1)
2Penn State (10-2, 7-2)
3Michigan (7-5, 5-4)
4Indiana (7-5, 5-4)
5Rutgers (6-6, 3-6)
6Michigan State (4-8, 2-7)
7Maryland (3-9, 1-8)
West Division
1Wisconsin (11-2 , 8-1)
2Nebraska (8-4, 6-3)
3Iowa (8-4, 6-3)
4Minnesota (6-6, 4-5)
5Northwestern (7-5, 4-5)
6Purdue (5-7, 3-6)
7Illinois (2-10, 1-8)

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