Sunday, August 16, 2009

2009 Big Ten Conference Breakdown: Team and Player Projections

by HD Handshoe

My recent projection articles have went so well, that I've decided to go back to that goldmine once again.

The Michigan, Wisconsin, and Penn State fans that visited this site, or read my previous articles on BleacherReport, CBSSports, or TheBestDamnPoll among other sites were none too thrilled.

Since causing such a stir brings a smile to my face like that of a 10-year-old's on Christmas morning, here are a few more of my, sure to be extremely popular, Big Ten 2009 projections.

Big Ten Conference Standings Projections

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1)

2. Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2, 6-2)

3. Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2, 6-2)

4. Michigan State Spartans (9-3, 6-2)

5. Northwestern Wildcats (9-3, 5-3)

6. Illinois Fighting Illini (9-3, 5-3)

7. Wisconsin Badgers (7-5, 4-4)

8. Michigan Wolverines (6-6, 4-4)

9. Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-7, 3-5)

10. Purdue Boilermakers (3-9, 2-6)

11. Indiana Hoosiers (1-11, 0-8)

Top 5 Impact Freshmen / Newcomers

1. Tate Forcier - QB - Michigan

2. Hayo Carpenter - WR - Minnesota

3. Jaamal Berry - RB - Ohio State

4. Duwyce Wilson - WR - Indiana

5. Duron Carter - WR - Ohio State

Top 5 Breakout Players

1. Terrelle Pryor - QB - Ohio State

2. Mike Kafka - QB - Northwestern

3. Dan "Boom" Herron - RB - Ohio State

4. Kirk Cousins - QB - Michigan State

5. Jewell Hampton - RB - Iowa

Big 10 Player of the Year

Terrelle Pryor - QB - Ohio State

Big 10 Off. Player of the Year

Juice Williams - QB - Illinois

Big 10 Def. Player of the Year

Kurt Coleman - S - Ohio State

Big 10 Overrated POY

Daryll Clark - QB - Penn State

Big 10 Underrated POY

Aurelius Benn - WR - Illinois

Projected Bowl Teams and Possible Bowl Destinations

Ohio State - BCS N.C. game, Rose Bowl, Fiesta, or Capital One

Penn State - BCS NC game, Rose Bowl, Fiesta, Capital One, or Outback

Iowa - Fiesta, Capital One, Outback, Champs Sports, or Alamo

Michigan State - Capital One, Outback, Champs Sports, or Alamo

Northwestern - Outback, Champs Sports, Alamo, or Insight

Illinois - Outback, Champs Sports, Alamo, or Insight

Wisconsin - Champs Sports, Alamo, Insight, or Motor City

Michigan - Champs Sports, Alamo, Insight, or Motor City

Now that my work here is done, and I'm pretty sure I have poured enough gas on the fire, I'll just sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Please feel free to commence with the anger, accusations of total homerism, and general insanity by adding a comment and let us know how great we are, or how much you hate us.

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