As we continue our preview of the upcoming college football season, today’s question hits a little closer to home in the Big 10 Conference, taking a look at who the VBR staffers expect to see in Indianapolis in early December, playing for a trip to Pasadena, or better.
Lead Editor Matt de Bear (@PSUMatt2005)
Now, I wrote this question, knowing full well anyone with half a brain is going to be picking Ohio State to come out of whatever division it is they play in. With PSU ineligible, and plenty of questions surrounding Gary Andersen’s first year in Madison, it would be hard to go any other direction. Their opposition is the million dollar question though. I’m going to go at least somewhat off the board, and go with Nebraska to make a return trip to Lucas Oil Stadium. Their offense should be just as potent as the 2012 version, and the fool in me says the defense has to be better. The Cornhuskers won’t fare any better in 2013 though, as I expect Ohio State to claim their first B1G Championship Game win.
Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)
I think that Ohio State will win the Big Ten and they’ll do it against their arch rival, the Michigan Wolverines. Ohio State’s schedule is pretty easy and they’ll most likely finish the season undefeated and run the table in the Leaders Division. And in the Legends Division, I see Michigan edging out Nebraska. So if Ohio State and Michigan do in fact play each other in the Big Ten championship game, then it will be the second time in as many weeks that the two teams will face each other.
Staff Writer Barry Leonard Jr. (@barryleonardjr)
I see Ohio State winning the Big Ten. There are stars all over the field on that team, and while the offense gets all the publicity, the defense will be just as good.
My pick for the championship game is Ohio State vs. Northwestern. The Wildcats have a ton of talent and experience returning from a team that went 10-3 last year. They also get Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State at home this season.
Staff Writer Corey Hunter (@realhuntdog23)
I guess writing for this website and being a homer, the obvious pick for Big Ten winner would be Penn State. Alas, NCAA president Mark Emmert and his dubious sanctions have and will continue to prevent the Nittany Lions from winning the Stagg-PATERNO trophy symbolic of the Big Ten champions.
Since the Nittany Lions are out the running, I think THE Ohio State will win the Leaders Division, likely having few if any conference losses, and Nebraska will sneak in over on the Legend’s side.
These two teams do not meet during the regular season, so the Big Ten title game will be the only time premier quarterbacks, Taylor Martinez of Nebraska and Braxton Miller of Ohio State, will face one another. Look for the game to be high scoring with Ohio State emerging victorious, 37-24.