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BSD Predicts the Big Ten Football Standings

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Cari submitted our ballot for the conference standings to SBNation; here's her picks, and what the Nation as a whole said.

Sorry, guys, but I DID pick them to win the conference...
Sorry, guys, but I DID pick them to win the conference...
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Last month, the mothership contact all blogrunners of College football blogs across SBN, asking us to fill out our picks for final conference standings for all conferences across the FBS spectrum. The final results are here; but what may interest you, our lovely BSD reader, is the results for our illustrious and chronically aptly named Big Ten Conference:

Leaders: Predicted order of finish

Average standing prediction

2012 conference record

1

Ohio State

1

8-0

2

Wisconsin

2.22

5-4*

3

Penn State

2.97

6-2

4

Indiana

4.4

2-6

5

Illinois

4.88

0-8

6

Purdue

5.52

3-5

Legends: Predicted order of finish

Average standing prediction

2012 conference record

1

Michigan

1.76

6-2

2

Nebraska

2.03

7-2**

3

Michigan State

3.03

3-5

4

Northwestern

3.33

5-3

5

Minnesota

5.39

2-6

6

Iowa

5.42

2-6

The results are fairly expected; many have OSU penciled in the BCS MNC game versus Alabama, and they’re a consensus pick to win the leaders. Across the spectrum of blogs, Wisconsin is picked to be second in the Leaders division, with PSU a close third. What surprises me most about the Leaders, frankly, is that many predict Purdue to be last; I mean, I get that Darrell Hazell is new, but it’s the Illolni, for god’s sake, and Tim Beckman!

For the Legends division, arguably the more competitive of the conference’s two divisions this year, I could see any of the top four teams making it to Indianapolis on December 7. It looks like for most of the SBN blogosphere, it was a choice between Michigan and last year’s division champ, Nebraska, with Michigan State and Northwestern duking it out for third place, and Minnesota and Iowa vying for last. Can’t say I disagree with this division’s final makeup overall, though.

In case you’re wondering, my picks for the Big Ten were:*

Leaders:

OSU

PSU

Wisconsin

Indiana

Purdue

Illinois

Legends:

Michigan

Nebraska

Michigan State

Northwestern

Minnesota

Iowa

So, what say you all?

*I would put in my picks for the other conferences, but I seem to have misplaced them. I mean, it’s not like you guys really care about the AAC now, right?


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