Saturday, July 30, 2011

BlockONation's Win/Loss Record Predictions For Every Big 10 Team For The 2011 Season





Scout.com affiliate CollegeFootballNews, a site which I am an occasional contributor, recently released their Big 10 win/loss predictions for each of the conference's 12 teams.

I did not partake in those predictions, but after looking them over, I disagree with several of their team forecasts and decided to post my own in contrast.

Here are the predictions from CFN.

LEADERS DIVISION

Illinois
2011 CFN Pred. 7-5

Sep. 3 Arkansas State W
Sep. 10 South Dakota State W
Sep. 17 Arizona State L
Sep. 24 Western Michigan W
Oct. 1 Northwestern W
Oct. 8 at Indiana L
Oct. 15 Ohio State L
Oct. 22 at Purdue W
Oct. 29 at Penn State L
Nov. 5 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 Michigan W
Nov. 19 Wisconsin W
Nov. 26 at Minnesota L

Indiana
2011 CFN Pred. 4-8

Sep. 3 at Ball State W
Sep. 10 Virginia L
Sep. 17 South Carolina State W
Sep. 24 North Texas W
Oct. 1 Penn State L
Oct. 8 Illinois W
Oct. 15 at Wisconsin L
Oct. 22 at Iowa L
Oct. 29 Northwestern L
Nov. 5 at Ohio State L
Nov. 12 OPEN DATE
Nov. 19 at Michigan State L
Nov. 26 Purdue L

Ohio State
2011 CFN Pred. 10-2

Sep. 3 Akron W
Sep. 10 Toledo W
Sep. 17 at Miami W
Sep. 24 Colorado W
Oct. 1 Michigan State W
Oct. 8 at Nebraska L
Oct. 15 at Illinois W
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Wisconsin W
Nov. 5 Indiana W
Nov. 12 at Purdue W
Nov. 19 Penn State W
Nov. 26 at Michigan L

Penn State
2011 CFN Pred. 7-5

Sep. 3 Indiana State W
Sep. 10 Alabama L
Sep. 17 at Temple W
Sep. 24 Eastern Michigan W
Oct. 1 at Indiana W
Oct. 8 Iowa W
Oct. 15 Purdue W
Oct. 22 at Northwestern L
Oct. 29 Illinois L
Nov. 5 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 Nebraska W
Nov. 19 at Ohio State L
Nov. 26 at Wisconsin L

Purdue
2011 CFN Pred. 5-7

Sep. 3 Middle Tennessee W
Sep. 10 at Rice W
Sep. 17 SE Missouri State W
Sep. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 Notre Dame L
Oct. 8 Minnesota L
Oct. 15 at Penn State L
Oct. 22 Illinois L
Oct. 29 at Michigan L
Nov. 5 at Wisconsin L
Nov. 12 Ohio State L
Nov. 19 Iowa W
Nov. 26 at Indiana W

Wisconsin
2011 CFN Pred. 10-2

Sep. 3 UNLV W
Sep. 10 Oregon State W
Sep. 17 NIU (in Chicago) W
Sep. 24 South Dakota W
Oct. 1 Nebraska W
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 Indiana W
Oct. 22 at Michigan State W
Oct. 29 at Ohio State L
Nov. 5 Purdue W
Nov. 12 at Minnesota W
Nov. 19 at Illinois L
Nov. 26 Penn State W

LEGENDS DIVISION

Iowa
2011 CFN Pred. 8-4

Sep. 3 Tennessee Tech W
Sep. 10 at Iowa State W
Sep. 17 Pitt W
Sep. 24 ULM W
Oct. 1 OPEN DATE
Oct. 8 at Penn State L
Oct. 15 Northwestern W
Oct. 22 Indiana W
Oct. 29 at Minnesota W
Nov. 5 Michigan W
Nov. 12 Michigan State L
Nov. 19 at Purdue L
Nov. 26 at Nebraska L

Michigan
2011 CFN Pred. 9-3

Sep. 3 Western Michigan W
Sep. 10 Notre Dame L
Sep. 17 Eastern Michigan W
Sep. 24 San Diego State W
Oct. 1 Minnesota W
Oct. 8 at Northwestern W
Oct. 15 at Michigan State W
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Purdue W
Nov. 5 at Iowa L
Nov. 12 at Illinois L
Nov. 19 Nebraska W
Nov. 26 Ohio State W

Michigan State
2011 CFN Pred. 8-4

Sep. 3 Youngstown State W
Sep. 10 Florida Atlantic W
Sep. 17 at Notre Dame W
Sep. 24 Central Michigan W
Oct. 1 at Ohio State L
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 Michigan L
Oct. 22 Wisconsin L
Oct. 29 at Nebraska L
Nov. 5 Minnesota W
Nov. 12 at Iowa W
Nov. 19 Indiana W
Nov. 26 at Northwestern W

Minnesota
2011 CFN Pred. 5-7

Sep. 3 at USC L
Sep. 10 New Mexico St W
Sep. 17 Miami University W
Sep. 24 North Dakota St W
Oct. 1 at Michigan L
Oct. 8 at Purdue W
Oct. 15 OPEN DATE
Oct. 22 Nebraska L
Oct. 29 Iowa L
Nov. 5 at Michigan State L
Nov. 12 Wisconsin L
Nov. 19 at Northwestern L
Nov. 26 Illinois W

Nebraska
2011 CFN Pred. 9-3

Sep. 3 UT Chattanooga W
Sep. 10 Fresno State W
Sep. 17 Washington W
Sep. 24 at Wyoming W
Oct. 1 at Wisconsin L
Oct. 8 Ohio State W
Oct. 15 OPEN DATE
Oct. 22 at Minnesota W
Oct. 29 Michigan State W
Nov. 5 Northwestern W
Nov. 12 at Penn State L
Nov. 19 at Michigan L
Nov. 26 Iowa W

Northwestern
2011 CFN Pred. 6-6

Sep. 3 at Boston College L
Sep. 10 Eastern Illinois W
Sep. 17 at Army W
Sep. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 at Illinois L
Oct. 8 Michigan L
Oct. 15 at Iowa L
Oct. 22 Penn State W
Oct. 29 at Indiana W
Nov. 5 at Nebraska L
Nov. 12 Rice W
Nov. 19 Minnesota W
Nov. 26 Michigan State L


And here is how I see the season results for each team.

LEADERS DIVISION

Illinois
2011 BlockONation Pred. 8-4

Sep. 3 Arkansas State W
Sep. 10 South Dakota State W
Sep. 17 Arizona State W
Sep. 24 Western Michigan W
Oct. 1 Northwestern W
Oct. 8 at Indiana W
Oct. 15 Ohio State L
Oct. 22 at Purdue W
Oct. 29 at Penn State L
Nov. 5 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 Michigan L
Nov. 19 Wisconsin L
Nov. 26 at Minnesota W

Indiana
2011 BlockONation Pred. 5-7

Sep. 3 at Ball State W
Sep. 10 Virginia W
Sep. 17 South Carolina State W
Sep. 24 North Texas W
Oct. 1 Penn State L
Oct. 8 Illinois L
Oct. 15 at Wisconsin L
Oct. 22 at Iowa L
Oct. 29 Northwestern L
Nov. 5 at Ohio State L
Nov. 12 OPEN DATE
Nov. 19 at Michigan State L
Nov. 26 Purdue W

Ohio State
2011 BlockONation Pred. 12-1

Sep. 3 Akron W
Sep. 10 Toledo W
Sep. 17 at Miami W
Sep. 24 Colorado W
Oct. 1 Michigan State W
Oct. 8 at Nebraska L
Oct. 15 at Illinois W
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Wisconsin W
Nov. 5 Indiana W
Nov. 12 at Purdue W
Nov. 19 Penn State W
Nov. 26 at Michigan W
Dec. 3 vs. Nebraska W (Big 10 Championship Game)

Penn State
2011 BlockONation Pred. 6-6

Sep. 3 Indiana State W
Sep. 10 Alabama L
Sep. 17 at Temple L
Sep. 24 Eastern Michigan W
Oct. 1 at Indiana W
Oct. 8 Iowa W
Oct. 15 Purdue W
Oct. 22 at Northwestern L
Oct. 29 Illinois W
Nov. 5 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 Nebraska L
Nov. 19 at Ohio State L
Nov. 26 at Wisconsin L

Purdue
2011 BlockONation Pred. 4-8

Sep. 3 Middle Tennessee W
Sep. 10 at Rice W
Sep. 17 SE Missouri State W
Sep. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 Notre Dame L
Oct. 8 Minnesota W
Oct. 15 at Penn State L
Oct. 22 Illinois L
Oct. 29 at Michigan L
Nov. 5 at Wisconsin L
Nov. 12 Ohio State L
Nov. 19 Iowa L
Nov. 26 at Indiana L

Wisconsin
2011 BlockONation Pred. 10-2

Sep. 3 UNLV W
Sep. 10 Oregon State W
Sep. 17 NIU (in Chicago) W
Sep. 24 South Dakota W
Oct. 1 Nebraska W
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 Indiana W
Oct. 22 at Michigan State L
Oct. 29 at Ohio State L
Nov. 5 Purdue W
Nov. 12 at Minnesota W
Nov. 19 at Illinois W
Nov. 26 Penn State W

LEGENDS DIVISION

Iowa
2011 BlockONation Pred. 7-5

Sep. 3 Tennessee Tech W
Sep. 10 at Iowa State W
Sep. 17 Pitt W
Sep. 24 ULM W
Oct. 1 OPEN DATE
Oct. 8 at Penn State L
Oct. 15 Northwestern L
Oct. 22 Indiana W
Oct. 29 at Minnesota W
Nov. 5 Michigan L
Nov. 12 Michigan State L
Nov. 19 at Purdue W
Nov. 26 at Nebraska L

Michigan
2011 BlockONation Pred. 7-5

Sep. 3 Western Michigan W
Sep. 10 Notre Dame L
Sep. 17 Eastern Michigan W
Sep. 24 San Diego State W
Oct. 1 Minnesota W
Oct. 8 at Northwestern L
Oct. 15 at Michigan State L
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Purdue W
Nov. 5 at Iowa W
Nov. 12 at Illinois W
Nov. 19 Nebraska L
Nov. 26 Ohio State L

Michigan State
2011 BlockONation Pred. 9-3

Sep. 3 Youngstown State W
Sep. 10 Florida Atlantic W
Sep. 17 at Notre Dame W
Sep. 24 Central Michigan W
Oct. 1 at Ohio State L
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 Michigan W
Oct. 22 Wisconsin W
Oct. 29 at Nebraska L
Nov. 5 Minnesota W
Nov. 12 at Iowa W
Nov. 19 Indiana W
Nov. 26 at Northwestern L

Minnesota
2011 BlockONation Pred. 2-10

Sep. 3 at USC L
Sep. 10 New Mexico St L
Sep. 17 Miami University W
Sep. 24 North Dakota St W
Oct. 1 at Michigan L
Oct. 8 at Purdue L
Oct. 15 OPEN DATE
Oct. 22 Nebraska L
Oct. 29 Iowa L
Nov. 5 at Michigan State L
Nov. 12 Wisconsin L
Nov. 19 at Northwestern L
Nov. 26 Illinois L

Nebraska
2011 BlockONation Pred. 11-2

Sep. 3 UT Chattanooga W
Sep. 10 Fresno State W
Sep. 17 Washington W
Sep. 24 at Wyoming W
Oct. 1 at Wisconsin L
Oct. 8 Ohio State W
Oct. 15 OPEN DATE
Oct. 22 at Minnesota W
Oct. 29 Michigan State W
Nov. 5 Northwestern W
Nov. 12 at Penn State W
Nov. 19 at Michigan W
Nov. 26 Iowa W
Dec. 3 vs. Ohio State L (Big 10 Championship Game)

Northwestern
2011 BlockONation Pred. 10-2

Sep. 3 at Boston College W
Sep. 10 Eastern Illinois W
Sep. 17 at Army W
Sep. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 at Illinois L
Oct. 8 Michigan W
Oct. 15 at Iowa W
Oct. 22 Penn State W
Oct. 29 at Indiana W
Nov. 5 at Nebraska L
Nov. 12 Rice W
Nov. 19 Minnesota W
Nov. 26 Michigan State W


You may or may not have noticed that I also included a prediction for the 2011 Big 10 Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 3, with Ohio State getting revenge against Nebraska for their mid-season loss to the Cornhuskers in Lincoln.

Who do you agree or disagree with more?

Let me know and please feel free to post your own predictions in the comments section.


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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Despite Distractions/Tattoos/Doomsday Predictions, OSU's 2012 Class Shaping Up Nicely



National Signing Day 2012 is over 7 months away, meaning a lot can still happen in terms of which prospects commit to or decommit from Ohio State in the coming months, but don't expect the worst, because it's not going to happen.

Regardless of where the OSU 2012 class ends up in the national rankings, the cupboards are far from bare in Columbus.

The Buckeyes have brought in a top 5 class in 3 of the last 4 years and have had a top 25 class every year since 2002 -- a trend that will likely live on when the dust settles next February.

5-star Lineman Kyle Kalis (6-5, 305), Ohio's top-rated player in the 2012 class recently retracted his verbal commitment to tOSU but is still considering the Buckeyes.

Personally, I believe he will ultimately become a Buckeye, but if he does go elsewhere, he's just one guy, and it's not like he's a QB, RB, or WR -- he's an offensive lineman -- a position that Ohio State isn't in dire need of filling at the moment.

Before Kalis decided to look at other programs, 4-star LB Ejaun Price (5-11, 230), a member of the 2011 class for the Buckeyes asked to be released from his LOI. His release was granted and he will be playing football for Pitt instead.

Again, Price is a good player, but not a skill position game-changer. Not to mention, Ohio State always has stud linebackers on the roster, so alas, the Buckeyes will be fine moving forward without him.

While Kalis is on the fence, the other 9 talented players should all be considered moderate to solid verbal commits that are still heading to Columbus in 2012. Here are video highlights of each.


5-Star RB Brionte Dunn (6-1, 215)
Glen Oak HS (Canton, OH)





4-Star RB Warren Ball (6-2, 200)
St Francis Desales HS (Columbus, OH)





4-Star LB/WR Joshua Perry (6-3, 225)
Olentangy HS (Lewis Center, OH)





4-Star S Devan Bogard (6-1, 175)
Glenville HS (Cleveland, OH)





3-Star TE Blake Thomas (6-4, 225)
St Ignatius HS (Cleveland, OH)





3-Star WR/ATH Frank Epitropoulos (6-3, 195)
Upper Arlington HS (Upper Arlington, OH)





3-Star OL Jacoby Boren (6-2, 275)
Pickerington HS (Pickerington, OH)





3-Star S Tyvis Powell (6-3, 180)
Bedford HS (Bedford, OH)





3-Star CB Najee Murray (5-11, 175)
Steubenville HS (Steubenville, OH)





All 9 guys are from Ohio and 5 of them are "only" 3-Star prospects. Critics like to allude to those facts as a sign of some impending apocalypse.

Ever heard of AJ Hawk, Santonio Holmes, or James Laurinaitus? They too were also once considered "lowly" 3-Star recruits. For the record, I love the Epitropoulos kid. He is VASTLY underrated IMO.

As for none of these recruits being from out of state -- This really shouldn't have to be pointed out to anyone, but apparently it needs to be said, so in closing:

OHIO IS ONE OF THE MOST FERTILE GROUNDS IN THE ENTIRE NATION WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AND FUTURE D-I COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, SO HAVING A CLASS FULL OF OHIO-GROWN PLAYERS IS NOT A BAD DEAL...






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